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Of English origin.

From the Middle English word “faie”, meaning fairy.

It may also be a short for Faith.

Fay has been used as a given name since the 19th century.

It was a popular name in the U.S.A. in the early decades of the 20th century.

Variants: Faye, Fae, Fey.

Famous bearers are Fay Ripley, Fay Masterson, Fay Wray.