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First name origin & meaning:

Old English: Blond-haired

First name variations: Fairfield, Fair, Fayrfax, Fax

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. English: nickname for someone with beautiful long hair, from Middle English fair feax ‘beautiful tresses’. This was a common descriptive phrase in Middle English; the alliterative poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight refers to ‘fair fanning fax’ encircling the shoulders of the doughty warrior.
  2. Thomas Fairfax (1693–1781), an army officer from Leeds Castle, Kent, England, first came to VA in 1735 and settled on maternal estates there as a proprietor in 1747.
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