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Day Name Meaning

English: from a pet form of David. English: from the Middle English personal name Day(e) or Dey(e), Old English Dæi, apparently from Old English dæg ‘day’, perhaps a short form of Old English personal names such as Dægberht and Dægmund. Reaney, however, points to the Middle English word day(e), dey(e) ‘dairy maid’, ‘(female) servant’ (from Old English d?ge, cognate with Old Norse deigja ‘female servant’, ultimately from a root meaning ‘to knead’, and related to the word for dough), which he says came to be used for a servant of either sex. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Deaghaidh (see O’Dea). Scottish: from an Anglicized form of the Gaelic personal name Daìdh, a colloquial form of David. Welsh: from Dai, a pet form of the personal name Dafydd, Welsh form of David.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Hay, Kay, May, Bay, Pay, Ray, Daw, Gay, Dey, Fay

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You can see how Day families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Day family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Day families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 430 Day families living in New York. This was about 20% of all the recorded Day's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Day families in 1840.
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What did your Day ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Day. 15% of Day men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Day women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Day were Truck Driver and Maid.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    15%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Maid
    5%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 372,000 military records available for the last name Day. For the veterans among your Day ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Day lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Day life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Day in 1941 was 56, and 74 in 2004.

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