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Where did the Scottish Halliday family come from? What is the Scottish Halliday family crest and coat of arms? When did the Halliday family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Halliday family history?

The name Halliday was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Halliday family lived near the mountain called Holy Day in the county of Annandale.

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Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Halliday has appeared as Halliday, Haliday and others.

First found in Annandale, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Halliday research. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1605, 1593, 1661, 1626, 1697, 1697 and are included under the topic Early Halliday History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 113 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Halliday Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Halliday family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

Halliday Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Joseph Halliday settled in Barbados in 1686

Halliday Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Halliday settled in Maryland in 1775

Halliday Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Halliday, aged 27, landed in New York in 1812
  • William Halliday, who arrived in New York in 1819
  • James Halliday settled in Petersburg Virginia in 1822
  • Wm Halliday, aged 35, landed in New York in 1864
  • Thomas Halliday, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1877


Halliday Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Thomas W Halliday, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1902

Halliday Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • John Halliday, aged 37, a schoolmaster , arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • John Halliday, aged 12, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • William Halliday, aged 11, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Jane Halliday, aged 9, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Janet Halliday, aged 8, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815


Halliday Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Halliday, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • William Halliday, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Elizabeth Halliday arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838
  • James Halliday arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838
  • John Halliday, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington"


Halliday Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • T. Halliday arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eastfield" in 1857
  • James Halliday arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
  • Susannah Halliday arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
  • James Edward Halliday arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
  • S. E. Halliday arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Owen Glendowner" in 1864


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  • Mark Halliday (b. 1949), American poet, professor and critic
  • David Halliday (1916-2010), American physicist and author
  • Brett Halliday (1904-1977), pen name of Davis Dresser, an American mystery writer
  • James "Jimmy" Halliday (1927-2013), Scottish leader of the Scottish National Party from 1956 to 1960
  • David "Dave" Halliday (1897-1970), Scottish footballer and trophy winning manager
  • Mr. George Alexander Halliday (d. 1941), British Engine Room Artificer 5th Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Christopher Halliday (1863-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Pierson, Manitoba, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Sir William Reginald Halliday (1886-1966), English historian and archaeologist, Principal of King's College London from 1928 to 1952
  • Matthew Halliday (b. 1979), New Zealand motor racing driver from Auckland
  • Sir Frederick James Halliday KCB (1806-1901), British civil servant and the first Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Quarta saluti
Motto Translation: The fourth to health.

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The Halliday Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Halliday Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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