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

It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Alday. It was a name for someone who lived near the mountain called Holy Day in the county of Annandale.


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. Alday 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alday 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 Alday History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Alday 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.


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:

Alday Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jasper Alday, who arrived in North Carolina in 1748

Alday Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Alday arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mount Stuart Elphinstone" in 1851


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 Alday Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alday 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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