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Day Surname Meaning

English: occupational name from Middle English day(e) dey(e) ‘dairyman or dairymaid’. Originally used only of women it was later used of men with the sense ‘man in charge of the dairy cattle’. This is probably the most common source of the surname. English: from the Middle English personal name Day(e) or Dey. In western England this is probably a pet form of David but in northern England and perhaps elsewhere also it is a late Middle English variant of Daw a pet form of Ralph (see Daw Dakin ). 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 the personal name Dai a pet form of the personal name Dafydd Welsh form of David . French: habitational name from a place call Day in the Ardennes.7: French: possibly also a habitatonal name with fused preposition d(e) ‘of from’ denoting someone from Ay in Marne.8: German: variant of Dey and in North America (also) an altered form of this.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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 USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 1,240 Day families living in Ontario. This was about 40% of all the recorded Day's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Day families in 1911.
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What did your Day ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada 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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*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 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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