O'day History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Noble surnames, such as O'day, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name O'day, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Savoie. In France, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The O'day family derived their surname from the name of the city of Audeville in Savoie.

Early Origins of the O'day family

The surname O'day was first found in Savoy (French: Savoie) in the Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps. The Odette variant probably originated in D'Audeville in the commune de Loiret, arrondisement of Pithiviers. [1]

Princess Odette is the White Swan, the lead ballerina role in Tchaikovsky's famous Swan Lake.

Nicolas Audet travelled from France to Canada around the middle of the 17th century. He worked as a porter for Mgr. de Laval. After settling in Quebec he married Madeleine Despres on 15th September 1670. They had twelve children and remained together in Quebec until Nicolas passed away at l'île-d'Orléans in 1700. [2]

Important Dates for the O'day family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'day research. Another 268 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1344, 1438, and 1808 are included under the topic Early O'day History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

O'day Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Audet, Audey, Auday, Audé, Audaie, Audais, Auddet, Auddey, Audday, Auddé, Auddaie, Auddais, Odet, Oday, Odé, Odaie, Odais, Oddey, Oddet, Odday, Oddé, Oddaie and many more.

Early Notables of the O'day family (pre 1700)

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O'day migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

O'day Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James O'Day, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Danial O'Day, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Alice O'Day, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Daniel O'Day, aged 50, who settled in America, in 1896
  • Fanny O'Day, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
O'day Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • George O'Day, aged 26, who landed in America from Tullycrine Co. Clare, in 1905
  • John O'Day, aged 7, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Geraldine O'Day, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Edward F. O'Day, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1908
  • David C O'Day, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

O'day migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

O'day Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Dennis O'Day, aged 40, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Liverpool, England

O'day migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

O'day Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth O'Day, aged 21, a housemaid, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873

Contemporary Notables of the name O'day (post 1700)

  • Daniel O'Day, one of northwestern Pennsylvania's earliest independent refiners to be brought into John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company
  • Nell O'Day (1909-1989), American equestrian and B-movie actress of the 1930s and 1940s
  • Pat O'Day (b. 1934), American Pacific Northwest broadcaster and promoter
  • Marcus Driver O'Day (1897-1961), American physicist, eponym of the O'Day lunar crater
  • Molly O'Day (1911-1998), born Suzanne Dobson Noonan, an American film actress, known for The Patent Leather Kid (1927), Sea Devils (1931) and Chloe, Love Is Calling You (1934); she has a Star on the Walk of Fame
  • Caroline Love Goodwin O'Day (1875-1943), American politician, the third woman, and first woman Democrat, elected to Congress from New York
  • Darren O'Day (b. 1982), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the Texas Rangers
  • Alan O'Day (1940-2013), American singer-songwriter, best known for writing and singing "Undercover Angel," an American No. 1 hit in 1977
  • Hank O'Day (1862-1935), American right-handed pitcher, umpire and manager in Major League Baseball
  • George O'Day (1923-1987), American sailor, Olympic champion and boat designer
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Dionne, N.-E., Les Canadiens-Francais Origine Des Familles. Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 1969. Print
  2. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
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