The parish of Faaberg was established as a municipality January 1, 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). On January 1, 1964 Fåberg was incorporated into the neighboring municipality Lillehammer. Prior to the merger Fåberg had 13,381 inhabitants.
The municipality (originally the parish) was named after the old farm Fåberg (Norse Fágaberg), since the first church was built there. The meaning of the first element is unknown, the last element is berg n 'mountain'.
Until 1921 the name was written "Faaberg".
- Dag Jukvam / Statistics Norway (1999). "Historisk oversikt over endringer i kommune- og fylkesinndelingen".
- Statistics Norway (2006). "Urban settlements. Population and area, by municipality. 1 January 2006".
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