Fairchild Family History & Genealogy

Find Fairchild records

Find birth, death, marriage, military, and other Fairchild records at Ancestry.com.

Search for Fairchild records

Latest Fairchild photos

These photos were uploaded by members of the Fairchild community on AncientFaces.

Fairchild Surname History

This is a popular English surname. It was also one of the very first of all known surnames to be created, and recordings are known to exist which show that the name was in use at least one thousand years ago. It derives from the pre 7th century Olde English phrase 'faere-cild' and does actually mean what it says, a beautiful child. It was originally a baptismal name for a baby, and since all babies are beautiful to somebody, many children were so named. Like all such endearment names which include as examples Dear, Darling, and Wellbeloved, in time it became both a first name and a surname. As a first name it continued in popularity right into the 18th century and was particularly used by the Puritans and more extreme protestants along with such names as Charity and Prudence. The very first of all surname recordings is believed to be that of Lefui Faeger Cild in the register of the abbey of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk in the year 1050 or thereabouts. A more conventional recording but still at the very beginings of hereditary surnames, is that of Robert Fairchild, in the tax rolls known as 'The fees,' for the county of Surrey in the year 1251.

The family history of the Fairchild last name is maintained by the AncientFaces community. Join the community by adding to to this genealogy of the Fairchild:

  • Fairchild spelling & pronunciation
  • genealogy and family tree

Edit this page

Fairchild Family Tree

Find Fairchild records

Find birth, death, marriage, military, and other Fairchild records at Ancestry.com.

Search for Fairchild records

Here are a few of the Fairchild genealogies shared by AncientFaces users. Click here to see more Fairchilds

Famous People named Fairchild

Fairchild family, descendants of Thomas Fairchild (1610–1670), son of William Fairchild (b.1577 in Essex England) Barbara Fairchild, American country and gospel singer/songwriter from Knobel, Arkansas Benjamin L. Fairchild (1863–1946), five-time New York State Republican Congressman Caitlin Fairchild, fictional Gen 13 comic book heroine Cassius Fairchild (1829–1868), Wisconsin Democrat Party Leader and Union Army Colonel, U.S. Civil War Charles Stebbins Fairchild (1842–1924), New York State Attorney General, 38th United States Secretary of Treasury David Grandison Fairchild (1869–1954), pioneering industrial botanist, plant explorer, son-in-law of Alexander Graham Bell David Fairchild (California politician) (1791-1866) Edward Henry Fairchild (1815–1889), abolishionist educator, first President of Berea College, the first fully integrated southern university Edward Thomas Fairchild (1872–1965), jurist, Wisconsin Supreme Court Edward Thomson Fairchild (1854–1917), New Hampshire College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts (U. of New Hampshire) President Frank Fairchild Wesbrook (1868–1918), First University of British Columbia President. Fred Rogers Fairchild (1877–1966), educator/economist, holder of Seymour Knox Chair Professor of Mathematical Institutional Economics (Emeritus) Yale University George Thompson Fairchild (1838–1901), college educator, President of Michigan State University and Kansas State University George Winthrop Fairchild (1854–1924), New York State Senator, Republican National Convention delegate, and co-founder of IBM Alexander Graham Bell Fairchild (1906–1994), Harvard educated entomologist, and grandson of Alexander Graham Bell Henry Pratt Fairchild (1880–1956), American sociologist, co-founder of Planned Parenthood Herman LeRoy Fairchild (1850–1943), American geologist and college educator, early proponent of theorizing meteorite impact Hiram Orlando Fairchild (1845–1925), Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly Jim Fairchild American singer/songwriter guitarist, Band member of Modest Mouse Jairus Cassius Fairchild (1801–1862), first Wisconsin State Treasurer, and first mayor of Madison, Wisconsin John Russell Fairchild, Professional basketball player, drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers. Karen Fairchild, singer in American Country band, Little Big Town. LeRoy Fairchild, founded the Masonic order, the Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm in 1889 Lucius Fairchild (1831–1896), Civil War Brigadier General, three-term Governor of Wisconsin, U.S. Minister to Spain, Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic. Lydia Fairchild, one of only 30 known worldwide cases of chimerism Megan Fairchild, principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, from Salt Lake City, Utah Morgan Fairchild, American actress from Dallas, Texas Muir Stephen Fairchild (1894–1950), Four-star General, Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force Robert Fairchild, principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, soloist from Salt Lake City, Utah Sherman Mills Fairchild (1896–1971), industrialist inventor, founder of Fairchild Aviation, Fairchild-Strato, Fairchild-Hiller, Fairchild Recording, and Fairchild Camera and Instrument Thomas Edward Fairchild (1912–2007), Wisconsin Attorney General, appointed to Wisconsin Supreme Court and U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals after losing the 1952 Wisconsin Senate race to Joseph McCarthy from "McCarthy-ism" fame.

Click here to add your own famous Fairchilds.

Fairchild Country of Origin, Nationality, & Ethnicity


Fairchild Meaning & Etymology

Olde English phrase 'faere-cild' and does actually mean what it says, a beautiful child.

Fairchild Life Expectancy

According to our database of 6,564 people with the last name Fairchild that have a birth and death date listed:

Life Expectancy


Most Common Fairchild First Names

According to our database of 11,677 people with the last name Fairchild that have a first name listed, these are the most common first names:

  • Mary 3.2%
  • John 2.6%
  • William 2.3%
  • Charles 1.8%
  • James 1.8%
  • Robert 1.7%
  • George 1.5%
  • Sarah 1.1%
  • Elizabeth 0.9%
  • Samuel 0.9%
  • Joseph 0.8%
  • Richard 0.7%
  • Ruth 0.7%
  • David 0.7%
  • Henry 0.7%
  • Edward 0.7%
  • ??? 0.6%
  • Helen 0.6%
  • Thomas 0.6%
  • Arthur 0.6%
  • Margaret 0.5%
  • Harold 0.5%
  • Frank 0.5%
  • Hannah 0.5%
  • Anna 0.5%
  • Daniel 0.5%
  • Donald 0.5%
  • Martha 0.5%
  • Harry 0.4%
  • Benjamin 0.4%
  • Nancy 0.4%
  • Stephen 0.4%
  • Walter 0.4%
  • Alice 0.4%
  • Rebecca 0.4%
  • Dorothy 0.4%
  • Clarence 0.4%
  • Emma 0.4%
  • Harriet 0.4%
  • Francis 0.4%
  • Roy 0.3%
  • Frances 0.3%
  • Jane 0.3%
  • Kenneth 0.3%
  • Abigail 0.3%
  • Frederick 0.3%
  • Fred 0.3%
  • Albert 0.3%
  • Michael 0.3%
  • Susan 0.3%