In the USA, this name can also be MASCULINE in olden times, making it UNISEX -- as SEEN on the USA CHART.
LionB3  6/5/2020
I'm so happy to hear that Fay is also a shortened form of the word faith. My name is Fay but my mother really wanted to call me Faith because it was faith that kept her going throughout her pregnancy. The doctor had told her she should not have any more children since she nearly died with my sister just before I was born. I would rather be considered a "Faith" than a "Fairy".
― Anonymous User  6/14/2019
I think of Morgan le Fay from Arthurian legend which is why I like it so much.
Katiebells  5/26/2019
Fay is such a beautiful name, at least to me, a native English speaker. It sounds so soft. It is lovely. I think it's prettier as a middle name with this spelling and Fay(e) for a first name. And Fay being a word that literally means fairy. :)
― Anonymous User  1/25/2019
Finally I found the 'historical steps' of the name Fay.

Fatum (Latin) - Fata (Latin) - Fae / Faie (Old French) - Feie / Fée (Middle French) - Faie / Fei (Old English) - Fay (Late Middle English) - Faye (English/Modern).
Felie  10/26/2018
It's definitely too short and simple for me in whichever spelling, but I like its Celtic-ness.
mairinn  1/12/2018
Fay Wildhagen is a Norwegian singer.
― Anonymous User  1/12/2018
Also used as a male name into the 1940s, probably as a nickname of Fayette.
Nifty_Name_Nerd  8/25/2017
Fay Chiang is an Asian American poet, writer, visual artist and activist based in New York City. Her books are In The City of Contradictions, and Miwa’s Song. 7 Continents, 9 Lives, a collection of selected and new poetry published by Bowery Press.
cutenose  6/19/2017
Fay Alexander was a stunt man and circus acrobat. He was one of the first trapeze artists to perform a triple somersault. Alexander performed it routinely. In Hollywood, he performed stunts for Tony Curtis and Doris Day and was in several movies about circus life.
cutenose  1/28/2017
I prefer the spelling of Faye more.
― Anonymous User  1/15/2017
This name is not English, it has Irish and French Roots- please fix it. It doesn't mean fairy either. It means foundation or in gaelic Fothadh, The gaelic variant is O'Fathaigh. I'm sick and tired of all these people claiming it as fairy, there is already a surname for that. Spelling also varies with this name. It can be Fahey, Faye, O'Fahy, Fee and so many more. Please fix this. Fay was an actual clan as well and you are disgracing it.
IrishFay  6/26/2016
The name Fay was given to 25 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/16/2016
From the Online Etymology Dictionary (

Fairy (n.) c. 1300,  fairie, "the country or home of supernatural or legendary creatures; fairyland," also "something incredible or fictitious," from Old French #faerie# "land of fairies, meeting of fairies; enchantment, magic, witchcraft, sorcery" (12c.), from #fae# "Fay," from Latin #fata# "the Fates," plural of #fatum# "that which is ordained; destiny, fate," from Proto-Indo-European #*bha-# "to speak". [noted -ed]
earthnut  5/23/2016
"Fay" could also be a diminuative of "Phaedra."
Susyhome  3/18/2016
It's an okayish, short sounding name but I suppose the meaning is cute. Fay is far too simple and doesn't suit my taste, however. Tips: I would veto against the spelling "Fey" as it actually means “fated to die"! Also, be aware that the "Fae" spelling honestly looks kinda trendy and trashy. :/ In my opinion, the other variant "Faye" doesn't do the name any justice as it's a short sounding name no matter what (I would leave the unnecessary 'e' out).
― Anonymous User  9/1/2014
Actually, I've changed my mind now. I prefer the Fae spelling over Fay and I don't think the Fae spelling looks "trashy" anymore. (I take it back.) ^^; However, I still think the "Faye" spelling is awful. D:
― Anonymous User  2/3/2015
This is my middle name, and I love it much more then my first name. :) I'm tempted to start introducing myself as Fay but that might get confusing. :/
BehindTheNameFan  8/7/2013
The name Fay was given to 30 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/19/2013
I think it's a cool name. I think I'd rather use it In the middle spot, though.
Lolth  6/5/2013
Distinguished British actress Fay Compton (1894-1978).
The sister of famous novelist Sir Compton Mackenzie, she was born Virginia Lilian Emmeline Compton Mackenzie.
Her sister Viola Compton was also an actress.
Just Jonquil  2/7/2013
Fay can be unisex. As in Fay Vincent, born Francis, the former commissioner of Major League Baseball.
Jiminy cricket  8/23/2012
Honestly I hate this name as a first name. But I love it as a middle name. My name is Katelynn Fay and I think it goes good just I couldn't imagine a girl named Fay.
Katelynn_96  12/9/2009
It's such a beautiful name, but I wouldn't it as a name because of the invetiable Fay is gay immaturity.
Bitterblue  6/22/2009
Fay is a character in Nathaniel West's book "The Day of the Locust."
English26  11/5/2008
I really like this name. I think it sounds so earthy and natural and is very uncommon. It's a nice middle name too.
LuzDeTuVida  8/15/2008
Can also mean Faith as in the Spanish word, "fe."
LuzDeTuVida  8/15/2008
I like the spelling "Faie" so much better!
― Anonymous User  8/10/2008
This is such a pretty name, but in my mind would only suit a girl that was small and petite.
alyce  7/14/2008
A famous bearer is British novelist and feminist Fay Weldon.
Kezza  4/18/2008
A famous bearer is Fay Bainter (December 7, 1893 – April 16, 1968), an American actress. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Aunt Belle Massey in the 1938 film "Jezebel". Receiving an additional nomination for "The Children's Hour" (1961), she also appeared on Broadway in "Dodsworth", and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
AndrewJKD  3/15/2008
This also means "to fit tightly".
― Anonymous User  6/2/2006
In the dictionary it means "magical".
Princess of Nothing  12/25/2005
It is also derived from the word 'faith'.
― Anonymous User  10/1/2005
Actress Fay Wray (1907-2004), who played King Kong's object of desire, was a famous bearer of this name.
alberto  2/21/2005

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