Updated: Feb 19, 2020
Fairies are ethereal entities, Nature spirits. Fairies, pixies, sprites, sylphs, elves, leprechauns and trolls are otherworldly creatures, shape shifters, interdimensional beings who may manifest among us, but exist in a world that is not our own. Folklore cautions humans to be nice to these ethereal entities, for if you are nice to them, they will typically be nice in return.
Most people use fairy and faerie in the same sense and do not consider having many differences. For them, it is just the difference in spelling and nothing else. But both fairy and faerie are used for two different mythical spirits or figures.
“Fairy” is a word that has been derived from Latin word “fatum,” which can mean “fate.” Fairies are considered to be a group of young and pure spirits. These fairies are considered to elevate to higher levels through their impartial and loving service. Generally, a fairy refers to the young spirit which is in the mid-level of growth. They are considered to be lower to “sylph” and higher to “elf.”
“Faerie” is a word that has been derived from Gaelic “fear shidhe,” which means “man of the shee.” Unlike the fairies, faeries are considered to be evil, horrid, and mischievous creatures. These mythical figures are portrayed as spirits that know easy ways of stealing. For example, faeries steal children and keep them as slaves or pets.
When compared to faeries, fairies are friendly and nice. They are also good-looking and more handsome than the faeries. Unlike the faeries, fairies can be a bit mischievous but are not dangerous. The faeries, on the other hand, are evil, unfriendly, and cruel spirits. The faeries are a bit dangerous also.
When comparing the two spirits, fairies are very playful and kind. The fairies are also cute in comparison to faeries. An example of a fairy is Tinker Bell and an example of a faerie is a banshee.