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Interestingly from the Book: Bye-Gones: Relating to Wales and The Border Counties. The surnames of Day and Tye are derived from the Welsh personal name of Dei, a term of endearment for David. Dee is the anglicized name of the Welsh word of Du. (Black), or Ddu...

In this book: Collections for a History of Staffordshire, we have the spelling for Day as Daa. Day is also written as Daa in the book: Bromley, Midlands Family history etc.

So is the origin of the Day family surname Dee or Daa or Dei??? This Daa family names also seems to align with the lineage of Richard Day of Worfield, as William Daa/Day do align with each other!!!

The search for the origins of he Day Family continues! We know for sure that there was a Richard Day of Worfield that had not one but 2 sons who become Bishops in the 1500's.

/// Its interesting that the Dee/Day family line came into some prominence with Sir Nicholas Day of 1430 then Richard Day of Worfield 1477 and then his large family and not 1 but 2 sons that became bishops!! Also who was Sir Nicholas Day - (he is said to be the first generation to change his last name from Dee to Day) - ?I tend to assume the last name of the heritage of Richard Day of Worfield was actually Daa!

Besides just Robert Daa of about 1260 (son of Warine Le Grosvenor who is recorded to being alive in 1259), there are other people with the last name Daa, (and probably from the same family) this is highly likely as there is recordings of the names Richard Daa, Nicholas Daa, John Daa and William Daa. So now its just a matter of putting the pieces of this puzzle together!



  • important*** see pages 150 and 151 above for a very interesting revelation! Daa is a surname (probably illegitimate) used by the Le Grosvenor of Little Budworth is Cheshire!

see book: The Visitation of Shropshire, Taken in Year 1623, Volume 28

- see: Day of Worfield http://www.jhdaysa.info/day/day_bishops2.html



also see this link below for potential origins of the Day family name: http://www.archive.org/stream/collectionsfora11socigoog#page/n162/mode/1up/search/Daa

Reference: WikiTree Genealogy - SmartCopy: Sep 22 2016, 2:07:13 UTC https://www.genealogieonline.nl/en/holloway-family-tree/P12020.php

Antiquities of Shropshire - page 197 - by Edward Lloyd (of Drenewydd) William de Brumley, son and heir of Roger de Brumley, tenet de rege in capite quoddam tenementum in Worfeld per servitium custodiendi quandam partem forestae regis de Morffe. 6th Edw. VI .f\ Roger Smith did homage for the Grange of Worfield. There were two gentlemen's families here, the Days and the Wavertons. A younger son of Richard Day, of Worfield, was a doctor in divinity, and dean of Windsor. Jane, the daughter and heir of John Waverton, married Sir George Bromley, ...

Richard Day had a very large family and had not 1, but 2 sons that became Bishops!! Rev. George Day 1501 to 1556, Bishop of Chichester from 1543. a rigid papist, loyal to the Pope and Catholic Church! and his younger brother Rev. William Day 1529 to 1596, Bishop of Wincester from 1595, he was a zealous Protestant! And there was also a son named John Day - could this be John Day the Printer?

see page 216 below:


also see pages 21, 22 and 23 below: http://rslc.org.uk/api/file/Vol_103.pdf

John Daa of Buddeworth was alive in 1325. see page 140 below:


John Daa, Knight was live in 1384 - see below https://books.google.ca/books?id=Rm1nAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA514&lpg=PA514&dq=john+Daa+knight&source=bl&ots=9pNHYgNV-K&sig=ACfU3U02N7Bo7yBTR9Vx0khF1TTwD-E3AA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjO-J22h-7nAhXKop4KHeJNAWYQ6AEwAXoECAoQAQ#v=onepage&q=john%20Daa%20knight&f=false


See some history of Warine Le Grosvenor below: Records show Warin (Warine) alive in 1259!


................................... also see pages 150 and 151 of the book below: http://www.archive.org/stream/collectionsfora11socigoog#page/n161/mode/1up/search/Daa .............................................

https://books.google.ca/books?id=--K8AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA14&lpg=PA14&dq=warin+le+grosvenor&source=bl&ots=CbRL3awN4D&sig=ACfU3U1YETuscHLMUIygSR7QZVwOWNMYtQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiGtdyd-bXmAhWUJTQIHW1dDsAQ6AEwA3oECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=warin%20le%20grosvenor&f=false ..........................................................

https://books.google.ca/books?id=0AyDDQAAQBAJ&pg=PA1141&lpg=PA1141&dq=warin+le+Grosvenor&source=bl&ots=ixwyNWGxRD&sig=ACfU3U13pHd6wOM8RhlAApzUce4Sy3neng&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjGz9-f-rXmAhVUvJ4KHXtGC7gQ6AEwCHoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=warin%20le%20Grosvenor&f=false .......................................



see pages 6,7,8 and 9 below: https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/27097474/little-budworth-medieval-budworth

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Good start for this! If you'll add me to the trusted list so I can find this again, I'll be glad to add a piece or two as I encounter them!
posted by Jack Day