The Scottish and English surname Halliday is derived from the Old English term haligdæg meaning “holy day, or religious festival.” The reasons why this word should have become a surname are not clear; probably it was used as a byname for one born on a religious festival day. The name is first recorded in 13th Century England with later recordings in Scotland and Ireland. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1686 when Joseph Holliday arrived in Barnados. Today there are approximately 4,500 bearers of the name Holliday living in the US.
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