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Origins Available: English, Irish

Where did the English Day family come from? When did the Day family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Day family history?

The Day surname seems to have come from a few sources: it was an occupational name for a dairy maid in some parts of England and Scotland; it was a derivation from David; and in some cases the name came from the word eye (d'eye).

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Day, Dea, Dey, Daye, Deie and others.

First found in Somerset. Early citings of this name include Aluric Day, in the Pipe Rolls for Buckinghamshire, Ralph Deie, in 1211, who was among those listed in the Register of the Freemen of Leicester.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Day research. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1269, 1277, 1379, 1522, 1584, 1529, 1596, 1501, 1556, 1537, 1538, 1574, 1638, 1605, 1673, 1610, 1668, 1639, 1639, 1649 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Day History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 179 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Day Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Day family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 115 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Day Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Anthony Day, who landed in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Dorothy Day, aged 17, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Hanna Day, aged 20, landed in America in 1635
  • Jo Day, aged 16, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Jon Day, who landed in Virginia in 1636


Day Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Anne Day, who arrived in Virginia in 1701-1702
  • Martha Day, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Robert Day, who arrived in America in 1764
  • Andrew Day, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765

Day Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Redmond Day, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Gabriel Day, who arrived in New York in 1835
  • Joseph Day, who landed in New York in 1836
  • Botheny Day, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1839
  • William Day, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845


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  • Edmund Ezra Day (1883-1951), American economist and educator, president of Cornell University (1937-1949)
  • William Rufus Day (1849-1923), American diplomat, jurist, and politician, Secretary of State (1898) and Supreme Court justice (1903-1922)
  • Clarence Shepard Day Jr. (1874-1935), American writer
  • J Edward Day (1914-1996), American administrator, Postmaster General (1961-1963), who oversaw the introduction of ZIP codes
  • Dorothy Day (1897-1980), American writer and radical social reformer
  • Colonel George Everett "Bud" Day (b. 1925), former U.S. Air Force pilot who served during the Vietnam War. He is often cited as being the most decorated U.S. service member since General Douglas MacArthur, having received some seventy decorations
  • Doris Day (b. 1924), born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, an American Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winning actress, singer, and animal rights activist, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004
  • Emily Day (b. 1987), American gold medalist beach volleyball player on the NORCECA Circuit 2009
  • Charles Wayne "Chuck" Day (1942-2008), American guitarist and baritone bluesman
  • George Calvin Day (1871-1940), American rear admiral of the United States Navy

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  • Day unto Day: A Study of the Day Family in America by Margery Frances Day Hanson.
  • Descendants of Christopher Day of Bucks County, Pennsylvania by James Edward Day.
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