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Among the the peoples of ancient Scotland, the first to use the name Holiday were the Strathclyde- Britons. Holiday was a name for someone who lived near the mountain called Holy Day in the county of Annandale. However some sources claim the "name is derived from the slogan or war cry of the family 'a holy day, a holy day.'" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Sims, Clifford Stanley The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames. 1862. Print.
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Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print


Holiday Early Origins



The surname Holiday was first found in Annandale. "The Hallidays of Hoddom, Dumfriesshire, were an old family there, and probably gave their name to Halliday Hill in the parish of Dalton." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
One of the first records of the family was found in 1303 when Adam de Halide was a juror on inquest at St. Andrews. A few years later, John Halyday was an archer of the East March in 1404 and Ambrose Halyday and David Halyday were merchants in Edinburgh in 1479.

Despite the general understanding that the family was Scottish in origin, early records in England, specifically the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Richard Haliday in Buckinghamshire; and Gerard Haliday in Suffolk. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379, listed: Willelmus Haliday; Johannes Halyday; and Adam Halyday. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The reader should be reminded that Yorkshire's proximity to the Scottish border probably points to the aforementioned Scottish origin.

One romantic source notes: "A well-known Scottish Border Clan, who from their great animosity against the Southron are said to have adopted the war-cry or slogan of A Holy Day, (Scottice, 'a Haly Day'), because the chiefs and people of Annandale, whenever they made a raid or foray upon the Saxon border, accounted the day spent in rapine and slaughter a holy one. " [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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Holiday Spelling Variations


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Holiday Spelling Variations



Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Holiday has been spelled Halliday, Haliday and others.

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Holiday Early History


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Holiday Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holiday research. Another 198 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1605, 1415, 1593, 1661, 1626, 1550, 1612, 1605, 1606, 1697, 1697, 1516, 1576, 1576, 1570, 1685 and 1739 are included under the topic Early Holiday History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Holiday Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Holiday Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was Walter Halliday (also spelled Haliday, Halyday, and Holliday), Scottish royal minstrel at the battle of Agincourt in 1415, thought to be son of the chieftain of Annandale in Dumfries, founder member of a minstrels' guild, now known as the Worshipful Company of Musicians...

Another 127 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holiday Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Holiday In Ireland


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Holiday In Ireland



Some of the Holiday family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:

Holiday Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Holiday, who arrived in Bermuda in 1745 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Holiday Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Holiday, who landed in New York, NY in 1817 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Holiday Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Robert Holiday, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • William Holiday, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • William Holiday, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Ann Holiday, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Christr Holiday, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Holiday (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Holiday (post 1700)



  • Bob Holiday (1932-2017), American actor, best known for playing Superman in the 1966 Broadway musical It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman!
  • Jrue Randall Holiday (b. 1990), American professional NBA basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers
  • Billie Holiday (1915-1959), born Eleanora Harris, legendary American jazz singer and songwriter
  • Maria Holiday, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 2008 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John H. Holiday, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1928 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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Motto


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Motto



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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