First name origin & meaning:
Old English: Blond-haired
First name variations: Fairfield, Fair, Fayrfax, Fax
Last name origins & meanings:
- 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.
- 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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