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

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Day Family Occupations

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In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Day. 28% of Day men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Day women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Day were Carpenter and Clerk

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Farmer
  • Clerk

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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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