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Origin and popularity of the name FAIRBAIRN


Fairbairn : Scottish: nickname from Older Scots fair bairn ‘fair child’ (from Middle English fair ‘fair beautiful; light of complexion or color of hair or eyes’ + barn ‘child’). This surname may have become confused with Fairburn and Freeborn.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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