What is Their Origin?

A History of the Fae

Believe it or not, fairies have been around for hundreds of years! The fae have been found in Roman, Celtic, Greek, English, and Irish cultures (Joe, 1999). While many see these creatures as little helpful beings, fairies were origionally considered not just pixies, but elves, trolls, banshees, dryads, naiads, and more (Joe, 1999). The first recording of fairies was found in 1000 B.C. (Russon, 2014), and many more have followed by Gervase, Shakespeare, and the Irish (Russon, 2014). One of the most old and famous beliefs is of the Tuath De Danam, a culture of elves that now live beneath Ireland (Russon, 2014).
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A Celtic Gathering

Fairies Today

Today, there are little if no popular sightings of fae. Most fairies known in modern times are Tinker bell, and the friendly creatures in the "Rainbow Magic" fairy books. Fairy gardens are also now popular and can be found in many backyards. However, fairies are not as popular as now as they were in the earlier 17th centuries (Fairy, 2016). While they formerly were belived in and even worshipped, they now are dorgotton and thought of only as silly, girlish, make-belive figures.
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Modern Fairy, Tinker bell

Theories about Fairies

There are multiple theories about the fae folk, but the main ideas are that...

A: The Celtic came up with fairies (Joe, 1999)

Because of the fact that they have many stories about the fae and incorperate much of them into their religion.

B: The Middle English created fairies (Fairies, 2016)

The english word 'fairy' originated from the French in the Middle English (Fairy, 2016), so the myth of the creatures may have, too.

C: The Greeks made the myth (Russon, 2014)

The first recording of fairies were found in 1000 B.C. in the Iliad by Homer (Russon, 2016). Also, some of the first fae folk were considered Greek nymphs such as dryads and naiads (Joe, 1999).

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Fairy Garden

What I Think About the Fae

I believe that despite the fact that the Celtic religion includes much about fae, the Greeks really came up with fairies. I believe this because the Greeks have a set date supporting the claim of 1000 B.C. (Russon, 2014), while the Celtic have no reliable facts supporting them. Also, the Middle English came much longer after the Greeks, and althought they may have created the word, they did now invent the beings themselves. While there are some very plausible competitors, the Greeks have the best evidence.

Helpful Resources


"The Definition of Fairy." Dictionary.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 May 2016.

"The Definition of Fairy." Dictionary.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 May 2016.

Joe, Jimmy. "Faeries." Faeries. N.p., 9 Apr. 1999. Web. 10 May 2016.

Russon, Mary-Ann. "International Fairy Day: Where Did The Fairies Come From?" International Business Times RSS. N.p., 23 June 2014. Web. 10 May 2016.