The Fairchild family is an old Shadowhunter family.


There are many members of the Fairchild family, and they have lived in an array of places over the generations. In the 1800s, they ran the London Institute, particularly by Granville and, later, his daughter, Charlotte, who went on to become the first female Consul.

Sometime later, a generation of Fairchilds moved to Idris, where Jocelyn Fairchild was born. While there, Jocelyn married Valentine Morgenstern and had a son, Jonathan. After the Uprising, for which Jocelyn was involved with from both sides, she left Idris and moved to New York, where she and her daughter Clary began living their lives as mundanes. As of 2008, Jocelyn and Clary still live in New York under the surname Fray—a portmanteau symbolizing the friendship between at least two generations of Fairchilds with the warlock Tessa Gray.

Physical description

The Fairchilds are known for their red hair and bright green eyes, though it had been primarily brown in the past. Another trait that is almost universal when talking about Fairchilds, especially the women, is that they are almost all very short and petite, even in adulthood.

Known members

Family tree

Roderick F.
Unnamed man
Granville F.
Callida F.
Charlotte F.
Henry B.
Charles F.
Matthew F.
Aloysius F.
Granville F.
Adele N.
Valentine M.
Jocelyn F.
Luke G.
Jonathan M.
Clary F.


CN Fairchild ring

The Fairchild family symbol is a pair of faerie wings, because the word "fair," from which the name is derived, is often used to refer to the Fair Folk. This is depicted on their silver family rings which has a pattern of faerie wings around the band.