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Faye - Meaning of Faye

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[ 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).

Variation transcriptions of Faye include Fai, Faie, Faya, Fayah, Fayana, Fayette (English), Fei (Dutch), Fey, Feya, and Feye.

Other forms of Faye include the familiar form Feike (Dutch), and the variant spellings Fae (English) and Fay (English).

See also the related categories, medieval, word (element), fairy (maid), powerful, sister, and literature.

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, and it is also viewed as fairly trendy. 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 experienced a substantial drop in popularity since then. In 2018, it ranked at #706 with a usage of 0.022%, enjoying a minor resurgence in the recent decade. Among the family of girl names directly linked to Faye, Faith was the most regularly used. It was 6 times more widely used than Faye in 2018.

Baby names that sound like Faye include Fae, Fay, Fe, Fey, Faie, Fea, Febe, Fee, Fei, Feye, Fi, Fife, Foy, Fu, Fuu, Phae, Phe, Fabi, Fabia, and Fai.

† 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.


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