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Origin: Latin, Gaelic

Meaning: derived from Latin fata (destiny, fate) meaning "fairy" or "elf, sprite".

Fay is also a place in France derived from Latin fagus meaning "beech tree".

Fay was also a now obsolete word originally meaning "faith" or "loyalty" from Old French; incidentally, Fay could also be a nickname for the name Faith from Latin fidere meaning "to trust", or for Francis/Frances meaning "Frenchman".

Spelled Fey, it's related to a Germanic word meaning "fated to die".

Fay is also a Gaelic surname from Fahey, an Anglicized form of Ó Fathaidh or Ó Fathaigh meaning "descendant of Fathadh", from a personal name meaning "base" or "foundation".

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