Halliday History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Halliday was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Halliday family lived near the mountain called, Holy Day, in the county of Annandale. However, some sources claim the "name is derived from the slogan or war cry of the family 'a holy day, a holy day.' " [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Halliday family

The surname Halliday was first found in Annandale. "The Hallidays of Hoddom, Dumfriesshire, were an old family there, and probably gave their name to Halliday Hill in the parish of Dalton." [3]

One of the first records of the family was found in 1303, when Adam de Halide was a juror on inquest at St. Andrews. A few years later, John Halyday was an archer of the East March in 1404 and Ambrose Halyday and David Halyday were merchants in Edinburgh in 1479. [3]

Despite the general understanding that the family was Scottish in origin, early records in England, specifically the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, list Richard Haliday in Buckinghamshire and Gerard Haliday in Suffolk. Later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Willelmus Haliday, Johannes Halyday, and Adam Halyday. [4] The reader should be reminded that Yorkshire's proximity to the Scottish border probably points to the aforementioned Scottish origin as the borders were extremely mercurial.

One romantic source notes: "A well-known Scottish Border Clan, who from their great animosity against the Southron are said to have adopted the war-cry or slogan of A Holy Day, (Scottice, 'a Haly Day'), because the chiefs and people of Annandale, whenever they made a raid or foray upon the Saxon border, accounted the day spent in rapine and slaughter a holy one." [5]

Early History of the Halliday family

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Halliday Spelling Variations

Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Halliday has appeared as Halliday, Haliday, Holyday, Holiday, Holliday, Halidays and many more.

Early Notables of the Halliday family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Walter Halliday (also spelled Haliday, Halyday, and Holliday), Scottish royal minstrel at the battle of Agincourt in 1415, thought to be son of the chieftain of Annandale in Dumfries, founding member of a minstrels' guild, now known as the Worshipful Company of Musicians; Barten Holyday or Holiday (1593-1661), a clergyman, author and poet, appointed Archdeacon of Oxford by King Charles I in 1626; Sir Leonard Holliday (Hollyday or Halliday) (c. 1550-1612) founder of the East India Company, and a Lord Mayor...
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Ireland Migration of the Halliday family to Ireland

Some of the Halliday family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Halliday migration to the United States +

The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

Halliday Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joseph Halliday, who settled in Barbados in 1686
Halliday Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Halliday, who settled in Maryland in 1775
Halliday Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Halliday, aged 27, who landed in New York in 1812 [6]
  • William Halliday, who arrived in New York in 1819 [6]
  • James Halliday, who settled in Petersburg Virginia in 1822
  • William Halliday, aged 35, who landed in New York in 1864 [6]
  • Thomas Halliday, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1877 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Halliday Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Thomas W Halliday, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1902 [6]

Canada Halliday migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Halliday Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Halliday, aged 37, a schoolmaster, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • John Halliday, aged 12, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • William Halliday, aged 11, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Jane Halliday, aged 9, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Janet Halliday, aged 8, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Halliday migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Halliday Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Halliday, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • William Halliday, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Elizabeth Halliday, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [9]
  • James Halliday, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [9]
  • John Halliday, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington" [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Halliday migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Halliday Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Halliday, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Catherine" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 10th June 1853 [11]
  • Mrs. Halliday, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Catherine" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 10th June 1853 [11]
  • Child Halliday, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mary Catherine" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 10th June 1853 [11]
  • Mr. T. Halliday, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Eastfield" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 12th December 1857 [11]
  • T. Halliday, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eastfield" in 1857
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Halliday (post 1700) +

  • Ebby Halliday (1911-2015), born Vera Lucille Koch, an American realtor and businesswoman who founded Ebby Halliday Realtors who lived to be 104 years old
  • Mark Halliday (b. 1949), American poet, professor and critic
  • David Halliday (1916-2010), American physicist and author
  • Brett Halliday (1904-1977), pen name of Davis Dresser, an American mystery writer
  • Sir Andrew Halliday (1781-1839), Scottish physician, born at Dumfries, Scotland, in 1781 [12]
  • Andrew Halliday (1830-1877), whose full name was Andrew Halliday Duff, Scottish essayist and dramatist, born at the Grange, Marnoch, Banffshire, early in 1830 [12]
  • James "Jimmy" Halliday (1927-2013), Scottish leader of the Scottish National Party from 1956 to 1960
  • David "Dave" Halliday (1897-1970), Scottish footballer and trophy winning manager
  • Michael Frederick Halliday (1822-1869), English amateur artist, son of a captain in the navy, was from 1839 until his death clerk in the parliament office, House of Lords [12]
  • Mr. Robert Terence Halliday B.E.M., British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to the community in Anfield, Liverpool [13]
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Christopher Halliday (1863-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Pierson, Manitoba, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [14]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. George Alexander Halliday, British Engine Room Artificer 5th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [15]


The Halliday Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Quarta saluti
Motto Translation: The fourth to health.


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  2. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF WELLINGTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Duke%20of%20Wellington.htm
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  13. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 31 October 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1
  14. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  15. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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