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Etymology 1Edit

This surname has multiple origins. Besides the ones listed below, Norman origin has also been suggested from De Haie",[1] or "a corruption of the Normandy French D'Ossone, from the town of Ossone, in Normandy". [2]


Proper nounEdit


  1. A patronymic surname derived from a medieval diminutive of David.[3]
  2. An English surname from day as a word for a "day-servant", an archaic term for a day-laborer,[4] or from given names such as Dagr, Daug, Dege, and Dey, cognate with Scandinavian Dag.[5]
  3. An Irish surname anglicised from Ó Deághaidh (descendant of a person named Good Luck).
Derived termsEdit


  • Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges : A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press 1988.
  • Notes:
  1. ^ Elisabeth Alice Gibbens Cole, An Account of Our Day Family of Calvert County, Maryland (1940), p. 49.
  2. ^ Day Surname Origin & Last Name Meaning at Ancestor Search.
  3. ^ Day Surname Origin & Last Name Meaning at Ancestor Search.
  4. ^ Ernest Weekley, The Romance of Words (1927), p. 165.
  5. ^ Susa Young Gates, Surname Book and Racial History (1918) p. 289.

Etymology 2Edit

Proper nounEdit

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  1. A Mbum-Day language of Chad.