28 June 2014

Surname Saturday: "Day"

From A Genealogical Register of the Descendants in the male line of Robert Day, of Hartford, Conn., who died in the year 1648 by George Edward Day (Northampton: J.L. Metcalf, 1848) --
Introduction. It has been handed down by tradition that the family of Day originally came from Wales. This tradition is undoubtedly correct. In a book of Heraldry, containing the arms of William Day, B.D., Provost of Eton College and Dean of Windsor, confirmed by William Flower, Norroy, on the 21st of October, 1582, in the twenty-fourth year of reign of Queen Elizabeth, he is said to be “descended from the Dees of Wales, viz. being younger son of Richard Day, who was the son of Nicholas, the son of John Dee, (called by English, Daye.) He was son of Morgan Dee, younger of brother to Richard Dee, Welshman.
Dee, signifying, it is said, dark or dingy, is the name of a small river in Wales, and was probably applied to some ancestor of the family, dwelling upon its banks, in order to distinguish him from others-just as Wickliffe took his name from the village in which he was born-and in time, the word Dee came to be written, according to its apparent sound, Daye or Day. This name, more- over, still prevails in Wales, and is there pronounced as in England and this country. [MS letter from Rev. Warren Day of Richmond, N.Y]

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