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Origins Available: English, Irish


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] Over in Normandy pre-Conquest times, we found "St. John de Day, near St. Lo, in the Cotentin [Peninsula.] " [2] This peninsula is now known as Cherbourg Peninsula.

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

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] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list the following: Willelmus Dey; Ricardus Dey; and Thomas le Dey. [1]


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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.

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Another 179 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Day Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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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


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


Day Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Chata Day, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Nath Day, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Mr. Jacob Day U.E. (b. 1755) fromNew Jersey, USA who settled in Wickham, Queens County, New Brunswick c. 1783 he travelled on the Tartar to Saint John, he died in 1794
  • Mr. John Day U.E. (b. 1755) from Bergen County, New Jersey, USA who settled in Parr Town [Saint John], New Brunswick c. 1784, then Washedemoak Lake, Wickham Parish, Queens County, New Brunswick c. 1785 he died in 1795
  • Mr. Peter Day Sr., U.E. (b. 1753) from Hackensack, New Jersey, USA who settled in Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia c. 1784 then Queens County, New Brunswick he died in 1831 in Swan Creek, married to Catherine Allen they had 7 children


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 St John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • T J Day, who arrived in St 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


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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  • 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
  • William A. Day, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Champaign, Illinois, 1883-84; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1884

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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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  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. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  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. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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