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SOURCE: Given Name
OTHER FORMS: Daye
Meaning & History
(i) from the medieval personal name Day
) or Dey
), which may go back ultimately to Old English dæg
"day", perhaps as a shortening of such names as Dægberht
; (ii) a pet-form of David
; (iii) from Irish Gaelic Ó Deághaidh
"descendant of Deághadh
", perhaps literally "good luck" (cf. Daw
). See also Diamond
. Famous bearers of the surname include: British poet Cecil Day-Lewis (1904-1972); Daniel Day-Lewis (1957-), a British actor, son of Cecil; US film actress and singer Doris Day (1924-), original name Doris von Kappelhoff; Robin Day (1915-2010), a British designer; and the British political interviewer Sir Robin Day (1923-2000).