[ 1 syll. fa-ye, fay-e ] The baby girl name Faye is pronounced as Fey- †. Faye has its origins in the English and Old English languages. It is used largely in the English language. Old English origin: The name is derived from the Old English fae (meaning 'fay, fairy') which is itself from the Latin root word fatum. It was borne in Arthurian legend by Morgan le Fay, a powerful sorceress, antagonist, and half-sister of King Arthur, who has sometimes been identified with the 'Lady of the Lake'. The first name has been adopted since the late 19th century, brought about by an interest in medieval literature in the wake of Tennyson's Idylls of the King (1856-1885), a cycle of poems based on King Arthur.
In addition, Faye is an English contraction of Faith (English and Spanish).
Faye is an all-time favorite. Currently it is still somewhat popular as a baby girl name, but not to the degree it was in the past. Its usage peaked modestly in 1934 with 0.131% of baby girls being given the name Faye. It was #146 in rank then. The baby name has dropped out of favor since then, and is of only irregular use in recent years. In 2016, it ranked at #825 with a usage of 0.018%. Among the family of girl names directly linked to Faye, Faith was the most popular. It was 9 times more widely used than Faye in 2016.
† Pronunciation for Faye: F as in "fee (F.IY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)"
A famous person named Faye is Actress, Faye Dunaway, born 14 January 1941, Bascom, Florida.