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The Day surname seems to have come from a few sources: it was an occupational name for a dairy maid in some parts of England and Scotland; it was a derivation from David; and in some cases the name came from the word eye (d'eye). The same source claims that name was could have been an occupational name as in 'the deye' or 'day,' a maid, a dairy-maid. [1]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)
Over in Normandy pre-Conquest times, we found "St. John de Day, near St. Lo, in the Cotentin [Peninsula.] " [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
This peninsula is now known as Cherbourg Peninsula.

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The surname Day was first found in Somerset where one of the first records of the name was Leofgife oa Dagean c. 1055. Godiua Daia was listed c. 1095 in Suffolk and Aluric Dai was listed in the Pipe Rolls for Buckinghamshire in 1196. A few years later, Ralph Deie was among those listed in the Register of the Freemen of Leicester in 1211. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list the following: Willelmus Dey; Ricardus Dey; and Thomas le Dey. [1]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)

Spelling variations of this family name include: Day, Dea, Dey, Daye, Deie and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Day research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1269, 1277, 1379, 1522, 1584, 1529, 1596, 1501, 1556, 1537, 1538, 1574, 1638, 1605, 1673, 1610, 1668, 1639, 1639 and 1649 are included under the topic Early Day History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of this surname at this time include John Day (Daye) (c. 1522-1584), an English Protestant printer; William Day (1529-1596), an English clergyman, Provost of Eton College, Bishop of Winchester; George Day (ca.1501-1556), Bishop of Chichester, Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University (1537-1538); John Day (1574-1638?), an English dramatist from Norfolk...

Another 49 words (4 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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Some of the Day family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 115 words (8 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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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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
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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
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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
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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

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, Austraila
  • Charles Day, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • John Day, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Richard Day arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838
  • Mary Ann Day arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838
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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
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  • 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
  • William E. Day, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 11th District, 1934
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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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  • 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



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  4. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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