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All Irish surnames have a unique and often romantic meaning. The name Day originally appeared in Gaelic as O Deaghaidh or O Diaghaidh.

Day Early Origins



The surname Day was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where O'Dea was chief of Dysart-O'Dea, now the parish of Dysart, barony of Inchiquin, one of the original chiefs and clans of ancient Thomond. Today Dysert O'Dea Castle still stands near Corofin, County Clare with its Romanesque Doorway and High Cross and was the site of the Battle of Dysert O'Dea in 1318. It was here that the Irish chieftain Conor O'Dea, chief of the Cineal Fearmaic and ally of Murtough O'Brien, stood his ground only to be defeated by the invading forces from Scotland.

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Day Spelling Variations


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Day Spelling Variations



During the Middle Ages, a standardized literary language known by the general population of Ireland was a thing of fiction. When a person's name was recorded by one of the few literate scribes, it was up that particular scribe to decide how to spell an individual's name. So a person could have several spelling variations of his name recorded during a single lifetime. Research into the name Day revealed many variations, including Day, Dea, O'Dea and others.

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Day Early History


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Day Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Day research. Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1318 and 1434 are included under the topic Early Day History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Day Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Day Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family name at this time was Most Rev. Thomas O'Dea; and Cornelius O'Dea (d. 1434), Archdeacon of Killaloe and later Bishop of Limerick. Three items of his have survived over the centuries: his Mitre, Crozier and a manuscript now entitled "The Black Book of Limerick." Today, they are...

Another 98 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Day Notables 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



The 18th century saw the slow yet steady emigration of Irish families to British North America and the United States. Those early Irish settlers that left their homeland were typically moderately well off: they were enticed by the promise of a sizable plot of land. However, by the 1840s, this pattern of immigration was gone: immigrants to North America were seeking refuge from the starvation and disease that the Great Potato Famine of that decade brought. The great numbers of Irish that arrived to the United States and the soon to be Canada were instrumental in their quick development as powerful industrial nations. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists uncovered many early immigrants bearing the name Day:

Day Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anthony Day, who landed in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Dorothy Day, aged 17, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Hanna Day, aged 20, landed in America in 1635
  • Jo Day, aged 16, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • Jon Day, who landed in Virginia in 1636
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Day Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne Day, who arrived in Virginia in 1701-1702
  • Martha Day, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Robert Day, who arrived in America in 1764
  • Andrew Day, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765

Day Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Redmond Day, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Gabriel Day, who arrived in New York in 1835
  • Joseph Day, who landed in New York in 1836
  • Botheny Day, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1839
  • William Day, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Day Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Chata Day, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Day, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas Day, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • James Day, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Nath Day, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Day Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Luke Day, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1814
  • Joseph B Day, who arrived in Canada in 1830
  • Elmer Day, who arrived in Canada in 1841
  • Miss. W.O. Day, aged 2 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Wandsworth" departing from the port of Dublin, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in May 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 23)

Day Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • J C Day, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • T J Day, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Day Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Day, English convict from Berkshire, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  • Charles Day, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • John Day, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • Richard Day arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm
  • Mary Ann Day arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Day Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Geo Day landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Martha Ridgway
  • Hendry Hale Day landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Day, aged 48, a blacksmith, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Jane Day, aged 38, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • William Day, aged 20, a carpenter, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Day (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Day (post 1700)



  • Doris Day (b. 1924), born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, an American Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winning actress, singer, and animal rights activist, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004
  • Ann Day (1938-2016), American Republican politician, Member of Arizona State Senate 12th District; Elected 1998
  • William W. Day, American politician, Dry Candidate for Delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933
  • William S. Day, American politician, Mayor of Boca Raton, Florida, 1952-53, 1954
  • William S. Day, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Rockville, Maryland, 1915-16 (acting, 1915-16)
  • William Rufus Day (1849-1923), American politician, Secretary of State, 1898; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals, 1899-1903; Justice of U.S. Supreme Court, 1903-22
  • William P. Day, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1964
  • William Louis Day (1876-1936), American Republican politician, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, 1908-11; U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio, 1911-14
  • William J. Day (b. 1874), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Barkhamsted, 1917-18; Defeated, 1912
  • William F. Day, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Essex County, 1849-50
  • ... (Another 159 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Day Historic Events


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Day Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Peter  Day, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. William S W Day (b. 1902), English Chief Electrical Artificer serving for the Royal Navy from Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Frederick J Day (b. 1921), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Westbury-on-Trym, Gloucestershire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Norman Marsden Day, British Steward, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Leonard Henry Day (b. 1916), British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Leonard Henry Day, British Petty Officer (Radar), who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Thomas William Day, British Warrant Mechanician, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Day


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Suggested Readings for the name Day



  • Day unto Day: A Study of the Day Family in America by Margery Frances Day Hanson.
  • Descendants of Christopher Day of Bucks County, Pennsylvania by James Edward Day.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 23)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm

Other References

  1. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  2. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  3. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  4. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  5. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  6. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  7. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  8. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
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The Day Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Day 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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