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The Deay 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.  Over in Normandy pre-Conquest times, we found "St. John de Day, near St. Lo, in the Cotentin [Peninsula.] "  This peninsula is now known as Cherbourg Peninsula.
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.  The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list the following: Willelmus Dey; Ricardus Dey; and Thomas le Dey. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deay 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 Deay History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 179 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Deay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Deay 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.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Stephen Day who became a prominent merchant in Virginia soon after arriving in 1638. Another Stephen Daye (1594-1668), was the first printer in New England, and produced the first book printed in the English colonies. Cambridge Massachusetts granted his three hundred acres of land for "being the first that sett upon printing." A large contingent of the family also settled in Canada beginning in the 1840's..
The Deay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Deay 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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