Daday History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Daday is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the baptismal name Dade. This Old English personal name was originally derived from the Old English word daed, when translated means a deed or an exploit. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.

Early Origins of the Daday family

The surname Daday was first found in Norfolk 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.

Early History of the Daday family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Daday research. Another 49 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1621, 1662, 1650 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Daday History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Daday Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Daday have been found, including Dade, Dadey, Dady and others.

Early Notables of the Daday family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Reverend Thomas Dade, Rector of Broadway and Bincombe in Dorset; and Major Francis Dade (1621-1662), also known as John Smith, a Virginia politician and...
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Migration of the Daday family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Daday, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : John Dade who settled in Virginia in 1676; William Dade settled in Charlestown Massachusetts in 1630; Dorothy Dadey settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630.


Contemporary Notables of the name Daday (post 1700) +

  • Robert Daday, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2008 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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