Origin of the Name Day
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Meaning 'the deye', Day is an occupational name. Variants of this name include Dey and Daye. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland , Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Willemus Dey, a Ricardus Dey, and a Thomas le Dey, who were all recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire in the year 1379. A Thomas le Day was recorded in the ancient document 'The Writs of Parliament' in the fourteenth century. In Scotland the Deys are one of the oldest families in the Parish of Mortlach, Banffshire. In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland . Day can also be a variant of O'Dea, taken from the Gaelic O'Deaghaidh sept of County Clare.
The Day coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Day descendants.