Although usually English, it has two possible origins. This first is as a derivative of the famous personal name "David", a popular given name throughout the British Isles during the Middle Ages. Derived from the Hebrew word meaning "beloved", it was one of a large group of similar biblical names introduced into Europe from the Holy Land by the famous crusaders of the 12th century. Its popularity was due in part to the fame of the king of Israel, and much later to its being the name of the patron saint of Wales. It was also the name of two kings of Scotland: These were David 1st, who reigned from 1124 - 1153, and David 11nd, 1329 - 1371. In England the personal name is recorded in 1150 in Lincolnshire as "Dauid clericus", and as "Davit" in 1278, in Cambridgeshire.
The second possible origin for the modern surname spellings of Day, Daye, Dey, Deye, or the unusual D'Eye, is the Olde English pre 7th century personal name "Daei". This is from the word 'daeg', meaning 'day', and it may also be a short form of the compound personal names such as Daegberht and Daegmund, translating as "day-bright" and "day-protection". The early surname development includes: Aluric Dai of Berkshire in 1196, and Ralph Deie of Leicestershire in 1211. Other recordings include Arthur de Yes, recorded at the church of St Gregory's by St Pauls, London, on December 16th 1619, whilst Richard Day was an early emigrant to America, leaving London on the ship "Plaine Joan" in May 1635, bound for Virginia. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Godina Daia, which was dated 1095, in "Feudal Documents from the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds", Suffolk.
This unusual and long-established surname is of English origin, and is habitational from a place called Dymock in Gloucestershire. The place has an uncertain etymology, but it may be derived from the British word which is akin to the Welsh "tymoch", pigsty (a compound of "ty", house, and "moch", pigs), but more probably from "din", fort, and "moch", as before.
It is sometimes difficult to be precise about whether a surname is derived from an identifying topographic phrase or from a habitational name from some minor, unidentified or "lost" place; this is especially so in the case of multiple element names. The placename was first recorded as "Dimoch" in the Domesday Book of 1086; as "Dimmok" in the 1156 Red Book of the Exchequer; and as "Dimmoch" in the Pipe Rolls of 1156 and 1190. The modern surname can also be found recorded as Dymock, Dymoke, Dimmack and Dimmick, and the Dymoke family have held the hereditary position of King's Champion for thirty-four generations. Recordings from Gloucestershire Church Registers include: the marriage of John Dimmock and Elizabeth Sly on December 26th 1644, at Shipton Moyne, and the marriage of Giles Dimmock and Rebecca Jenner on April 11th 1696, at Storehouse.
A Coat of Arms granted to the family is a silver shield, a cross pattee red in each end a small semicircle (or a cross pattee with one engrail). The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Nicholas de Dimmoch, which was dated 1169, in the "Pipe Rolls of Gloucestershire", during the reign of King Henry 11,
It has two possible origins. The first and most likely being a locational surname from either of the places called "Dent" in West Yorkshire and Cumberland. The places are recorded in circa 1200 as "Denet" and "Dinet" respectively and are named from a British (pre Roman) hill name corresponding to the Old Irish word "dinn, dind", a hill and the Olde Norse "tindr", meaning "point, crag". The Yorkshire place is near Dent Crag, a hill of 2250ft., and the place in Cumberland is the name of a hill near Cleator. The second possible origin is from a medieval nickname for someone with prominent or otherwise noticeable teeth, derived from the Olde French "dent", tooth. One John Dent was an early settler in the New World, leaving London on the "Peter Bonaventure" in 1635, bound for the Barbadoes. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Waltheef de Dent, which was dated 1131, Records of Durham Priory, during the reign of King Henry I.
This interesting name derives from "Dye", itself a pet form of the Medieval English female given name Dionisia, from the Greek Dionysia (feminine) or Dionysios (masculine) meaning "the Divine One of Nysa", (a holy mountain in modern Afghanistan). Dye (without surname) is first recorded in the 1301 "Subsidy Rolls of Yorkshire". The surname from this source also appears in the early half of the 14th Century, (see below). Variant forms Dy and Dei are recorded in the 1379 "Poll Tax Returns of Yorkshire". The surname is particularly well recorded in London Church Registers from the mid 16th Century. On March 25th 1563, Elizabeth Dye, an infant, was christened in St. Andrew's, Enfield, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Walter Dye, witness, which was dated 1316, in the "The Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield" Yorkshire, during the reign of King Edward II
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