Re: meaning of Fagin?
I researched this a while back in London, UK.
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I found these meanings in about three books, one published by Burkes Peerage;
Fagin :- Descended from Pagans, Son of a Pagan.
the Fagin family are said to have come into England from Norman France around the time of the conquest.
This meaning was from Burkes Peerage who state that a coat of arms was granted to a Fagin (three treflee crosses on a blue background).
I was also told Fagin roughly translates into bird in a Russian language.
Apparently the hebrew for thief id ganif, an anagram of Fagin.
I would take it all with quite a pinch of salt!
Hope this helps,