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English nameFairlie
Gaelic nameFairlidh

Location and type of place name

LocationNorth Ayrshire
Local authorityNorth Ayrshire ~ Siorrachd Àir a Tuath
Parish post 1891
County post 1891Ayrshire ~ Siorrachd Àir
Topographical feature typeSettlement ~ Tuineachadh
Post townFAIRLIE
Postcode areaKA29
OS sheet number341
OS grid referenceNS208551
Type of namePlace ~ Àite


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Language notes 
Farnelie, Fairnelie 1572 RMS iv, 2065
Fairlie 1584 RMS v, 690
Lady Fairnelie within the parochine of Lairgis 1601 Fullarton
terras de Fairlie 1601 RMS vi, 1222
dominii de Ferlie 1605 RMS vi, 1635
terras de Fairlie 1612 RMS vii, 618
terris de Fairlie 1633 RMS viii, 2209
lands of Fairlie 1653 RMS x, 136
Fareley, Fairly 1665 RMS xi, 774
Fairly 1747-55 Roy
Fairlie 1820 Thomson
The surname comes from this place (Cf. OPS, 90). There are two version of the Fairlie or Fairley family, one from the place in question and another in Braid in Edinburgh. The relationship between the two are not clear. It is often unclear in the old records which name relates to which version. Both surnames and the place-name appear in old records as Farnlie and the like. The forms above are only those for which the place in question is clearly signified. The forms below could also be related
William de Fairlie 1335 Rect. Scot. Vol 1, p. 381 [From OPS ii, 91]
William Farley 1368 Coll. AGAA, ii, p. 148 [From Black p. 252]
Allano de Farnley c. 1370 MacFarlane Gen. Coll, ii, 333
Wil of Farle of Coupir 1444 RPS [1444/3]
John of Farnle 1446 Irvine, I, p. 137 [From Black p. 252]
This may be related in form to Cnoc Farralaidh, which Watson 1904, 98 proposes has a root of G far, ‘high’.
Farley in Inverness-shire is Farlaidh (Diack 1924, 125) or Fàrlaidh (Robertson MS364, 5)
Cf. Fairliecrevoch
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