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Where did the Scottish Holliday family come from? What is the Scottish Holliday family crest and coat of arms? When did the Holliday family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Holliday family history?

In ancient Scotland, the first people to use Holliday as a surname were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name someone who lived near the mountain called Holy Day in the county of Annandale.


The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations in a single document. Holliday has been spelled Halliday, Haliday and others.

First found in Annandale, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holliday research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1605, 1593, 1661, 1626, 1697, 1697 and are included under the topic Early Holliday History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 113 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holliday Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Holliday family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. Among them:

Holliday Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Georg Holliday, who arrived in Virginia in 1639
  • Geo Holliday, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Eliz Holliday, who landed in Virginia in 1655
  • Robert Holliday, who arrived in Maryland in 1665
  • Walter Holliday, who landed in Virginia in 1666

Holliday Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anthony Holliday, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Hannah Holliday, who arrived in Virginia in 1711
  • Elizabeth Holliday, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1714
  • Gilbert Holliday, who landed in Virginia in 1724

Holliday Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Holliday, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1810
  • Thomas Holliday, aged 40, arrived in New York in 1812
  • William Holliday, who arrived in New York in 1819
  • James Holliday, who arrived in South Carolina in 1822
  • Henry Holliday, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868

Holliday Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Holliday, aged 21, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849
  • Thomas Holliday, aged 27, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Wellington" in 1849
  • George Holliday, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"

Holliday Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Amy Holliday, aged 23, a housemaid, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875


  • Robert Kelvin "Bob" Holliday (1933-2014), American politician
  • Kenneth Earl "Kene" Holliday (b. 1949), American character actor of stage, film, and television, best known for his role as Ben Matlock's original private investigator, Tyler Hudson, on Matlock
  • James Wear "Bug" Holliday (1867-1910), American Major League Baseball center fielder in the late 1800s
  • Dimetry Giovonni "Vonnie" Holliday (b. 1975), American NFL football defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals
  • Matt Thomas Holliday (b. 1980), American Major League Baseball left fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, runner-up in the National League MVP (2007)
  • Jennifer-Yvette Holliday (b. 1960), American two-time Grammy Award, Golden Globe and Tony Award winning singer and actress
  • John Henry "Doc" Holliday (1851-1887), American dentist, gambler and legendary gunfighter, best known for his involvement in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
  • Judy Holliday (1921-1965), American Academy and Tony Award winning actress
  • Thomas Edward "Tom" Holliday (1898-1969), English rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1920s
  • Fred Parkinson Holliday DSO, MC, AFC (1888-1980), Australian fighter pilot during the First World War, credited with 17 aerial victories



  • The Holladay (also Holliday) Family by Alvis Milton Holladay Sr..
  • In Search of the Hollidays; the Story of Doc Holliday and His Holliday and McKey Families by Albert S. Pendelton Jr.

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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The Holliday Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Holliday 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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