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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Fay
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Fay in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Fay:
Records indicate that 3,603 boys in the United States have been named Fay since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1916, when 153 people in the U.S. were given the name Fay. Those people are now 104 years old.
So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.
Comments about the name Fay
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7 Positive Comments
"My dad's name was Fay-born in 1918. He was a very savvy business owner. We named our youngest son Fay Joseph, after his grandfathers. He was born in 1976-a bicentennial baby. He is very intelligent. He makes beautiful cabinetry and is a hard worker. He also had many girls that liked the way he looked. But, he was a very selective young man and waited until he found a lady that he felt he had much in common with, including faith in Jesus. Fay is an old name and having a French history meaning faith, it is an appropriate name for him." Apr. 12, 2015:
"My grandfather and father and brother all had the first name Fay and I think it is a name with wonderful meanings like Raven in Gaelic and faith in old french and magical or fairy or seer in English. It is an old name and I wish I knew more males named Fay" Mar. 1, 2013:
"My great grandfather's name was Fay and i was almost named after him...thank god i was named after my great grandmother" Aug. 3, 2009:
"Fay Vincent was commissioner of baseball in 1989 so yes there are men named Fay most before 1940 if you look at the chart. He was born in 1938." Jan. 31, 2009:
"ok my initials spell fae and my nickname is Fay-Fay and i never hear any boys called fay" Jun. 17, 2008:
"My name is Spelled F-A-Y-E pronounced the same way as Fay. Fay seems to me like its missing something. It seems so short and unfinished. I love my name, I am 22, and yes the older generations love that name. Its an older name but I think it has a lot of something special. Character. The names nowadays are so plain, jennifer, and amanda, it seems that we need more names like mine and others like it. I have met several people with my name, some older and a couple my age. but not in between. weird huh. I was always a bright and cheerful child and loved to make friends. So the name definately has a good follwing in my opinion, I am also Irish and German. but I am not sure if it had to do with me getting my name." Dec. 8, 2006:
"I called my daughter Fay - she is 13months, bright, socialable and always smiling. We had plenty of people commenting on her nice name. I am German, my girlfriend French and our daughter Irish (born in ireland), we need a name which can easily pronounced in French/English/Gaelic and German - Fay it was. We are very happy." Jun. 1, 2006:
1 Negative Comment
"I have never heard of a boy or man named Fay. Only women. I'd have to know someone famous by that name to get used to it as a man's name." Sep. 21, 2006:
12 Neutral Comments
"I'm watching Perry Mason and notice that the judge in some episodes is a man named Fay Roope, which got me curious about the history of Fay as a man's name. I've never heard of any man with this name besides this." Nov. 27, 2020:
"My partner's name is Kenneth Fay Bowers. For his entire life, he was so self-conscious about the middle name Fay that he went to great lengths to keep anyone from knowing his middle name. He filled-out forms and signed documents simply as Ken Bowers, while omitting his middle name "Fay" entirely. He had successfully hid his full name from everyone over the years until just recently when the DMV discovered his full name via Birth Certificate and included it on his latest Driver's License / Passport / State ID Card. He was not too happy about that. Ken Fay sounds a bit peculiar, so when I want to get his attention, I call him Kenny Fay. Either way, he does not care for the name Fay at all and would rather not acknowledge that fact or have it disclosed in his behalf." Sep. 21, 2019:
"My female cousin was named Fay. For a male if there was masculine name in front. I know some culture's name their son after both parents but it is the mothers maiden name" Aug. 25, 2019:
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"My Grandfather was Fay Henry born in 1913, I now have a great nephew that has Fay for his middle name. My grandfather was only called Fay by his mother and I addressed my letters to him with his given name, but he was known as Hank. I am happy to have another Fay in my family line, rhymes with day, Fay with long A sound" Oct. 31, 2016:
"My great grandfather had the middle name of Fay and a few other male relatives as well. I have been wondering at it's origin for a male." Jul. 29, 2014:
"My late uncle was named Edwin Fay and I was named Linda Faye in his honor. I'm proud of that fact although he died when I was a toddler. I really don't care for the name otherwise." Dec. 12, 2013:
"Good question!I ralley don't know why I love names as much as I do, but they interest me so much. Y!A has helped me pick out names for my children actually, and I think it's pretty cool if I can help others. I'm also trying to work on not being so opinionated in my answers lol. Not everyone has the same opinion or taste in names that I do. Was this answer helpful?" Jul. 12, 2012:
"I'm a male named Fay, born in the 1930s. I've met about 40 others in my life. Mostly older. There was a period when Lafayette was a very "patriotic" name and both "Fay" and "Lafe" were short derivitives. Just met a young woman clerk yesterday who said her Grandfather was named Fay. I wouldn't name a guy child Fay today. Fay Vincent didn't get famous enough and Fay Jones was a unique architect. It embarasses people who see the name and just 'expect' the person they see will be a woman. When young, there were guys named Fran (Tarkinton), Shirley, Kay, etc. Today "Jan's" have the same problem." Nov. 15, 2009:
"My oldest brother was named Fay. He was born in 1938 in Louisiana. I have never heard of another man named Fay, however my mother said she found the name in a U. S. Marines yearbook and liked it. My brother did not like it so much I think. His middle name was Allen and we usually called him Fay Allen. As a grown man his friends called him Al." Sep. 27, 2009:
"My name is consistently spell with an e at the end. I am often called Faith and sometimes Fran." Oct. 9, 2007:
"My name is Fay. My best friend's sister is also called this. We often find that everybody spells it F-a-y-e, but i have often had comments from old people at work that it's a 'lovely name'" Jul. 14, 2005:
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