Hollyday History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Hollyday was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Hollyday to use this name no doubt 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.'"  
Early Origins of the Hollyday family
The surname Hollyday 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."  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.
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.  The reader should be reminded that Yorkshire's proximity to the Scottish border probably points to the aforementioned Scottish origin.
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. " 
Important Dates for the Hollyday family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hollyday research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1605, 1415, 1593, 1661, 1626, 1550, 1612, 1605, 1606, 1697, 1697, 1516, 1576, 1576, 1570, 1685 and 1739 are included under the topic Early Hollyday History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hollyday Spelling Variations
Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Hollyday has been spelled Halliday, Haliday and others.
Early Notables of the Hollyday 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, founder 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...
Another 89 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hollyday Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hollyday family to Ireland
Some of the Hollyday family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hollyday migration to the United States
The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:
Typical Hollyday Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Hollyday Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Henry Hollyday, who landed in Maryland in 1667 
- Thomas Hollyday, who arrived in Maryland in 1677 
Contemporary Notables of the name Hollyday (post 1700)
- Rear Admiral Richard C. Hollyday, American Naval officer, Chief of the Bureau of Yards and Docks (1907–1912)
- Guy T. O. Hollyday (1893-1991), American developer and businessman, president of the Real Estate Board of Baltimore in 1930, president of the Title Guarantee and Trust Co. in 1944
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