The English and Scottish surname Holliday 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 1639 when George Holliday arrived in Virginia. Today there are approximately 20,000 bearers of the name Holliday living in the US.
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