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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.

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Vicki Johnston A short obituary in the Nov.1922 issue of the Sante Fe Magazine reads as follows:
The tragic death of Claud Franklin Fairchild one morning while on duty on Sept. 29, 1922. It is assumed he slipped and fell under the wheels of a train severing both legs. He was taken to German Deacons Hospital. He peacefully passed away the following evening. Mr. Fairchild entered the service of the Sante Fe on July 25, 1913. He was a member of the Masonic Order, the Elks, Order of the Railroad Conductors, and a social member of the B.R.T. Burial will be at Paw Paw, Michigan. Albert "Budgie" Howatt heard the cry of distress and was the first there to help with vauable first aid.
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Roxane Fairchild-Perry My Father Archie Fairchild was the son of John Henry & Vina (Horner) Fairchild. He was one of 9 child. I believe he was the 7th born. He was born in Kentucky & Died in California a year ago March, in 2005. I have family still in Kentucky & Ohio area that I have met. My Aunt Virginia always would tell me about a cousin I have Named Karen, (who I never met) that could be my twin. Every time I saw my Aunt she would show me pictures of her. I imagine she would tell Karen the same thing about me & show her pictures of me (if she had any) I heard so much about this cousin of mine. I am submitting this story in hopes that maybe she might visit this site & read this story, & maybe I would have a chance to actually meet her.
thanks for submitting my story, I will definitely visit this site again, & leave other stories about my family the Fairchilds. thank you --Roxane
Mar 23, 2006 · Reply
Roxane Fairchild-Perry Hi again, This is my second time here on this site, so I thought I would leave a few words & thoughts. My Father Archie Fairchild was born in Kentucky, his mother is Vina Horner Fairchild, & his Father is John Henry Fairchild. I never met his dad, & I only met his mother once. When my father was about 16 he dropped out of school to go to work to support the family after his father left his mother. He was the oldest at home, he had a younger brother & sister, & also a baby newphew along with his mother. He got a job in a machine shop. Thats how my dad got his trade as a machinest. The person who hired him got tired of being bugged about a job, so he hired my dad. During the war my father was a photographer, he was aboard the Queen Mary at one point. After the war my Father met my mom Joyce Volz, she had an art studio below my dad's photography studio. They were married until death. I miss them so greatly.
I have been researching the Fairchilds for some time & I can never find any info. on John Henry Fairchild or Vina Horner. Maybe one day someone will read this boring story I told & have something about either of them, they could share with me. That would great....
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Fairchild Meaning & Etymology

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

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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.

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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%

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