What does the name Day mean?
The Day surname has English, Welsh and Scottish roots. In Scotland and Wales it is sometimes used as a patronymic, a derivation of those who are the son or descendant of Dai (a Welsh diminutive of Dafydd) or David. More prevalently, in England Day comes from the Middle English 'Deye' (dairy-servant), and is occupational. This version of the Day surname would be given to those who made their living as dairy workers, and their descendants.
The earliest occurrence of the Day surname in our family history documents is from 1431, and we currently have 1,488,784 records where Day appears.
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Typical jobs for Days
Hard-working people, the Days. 1874 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Days lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Day in London.
Days’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Days were angels, apparently. We found 2018 in criminal records.
Days in World War I
According to the World War I records, 2432 Days served in the First World War.