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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Holiday

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Hol"i*day
  1. A consecrated day; religious anniversary; a day set apart in honor of some person, or in commemoration of some event. See Holyday.
  2. A day of exemption from labor; a day of amusement and gayety; a festival day."And young and old come forth to play On a sunshine holiday." [Milton.]
  3. [Law] A day fixed by law for suspension of business; a legal holiday.

Note: ☞ In the United States legal holidays, so called, are determined by law, commonly by the statutes of the several States. The holidays most generally observed are: the 22d day of February (Washington's birthday), the 30th day of May (Memorial day), the 4th day of July (Independence day), the 25th day of December (Christmas day). In most of the States the 1st day of January is a holiday. When any of these days falls on Sunday, usually the Monday following is observed as the holiday. In many of the States a day in the spring (as Good Friday, or the first Thursday in April), and a day in the fall (as the last Thursday in November) are now regularly appointed by Executive proclamation to be observed, the former as a day of fasting and prayer, the latter as a day of thanksgiving and are kept as holidays. In England, the days of the greater church feasts (designated in the calendar by a red letter, and commonly called red-letter days) are observed as general holidays. Bank holidays are those on which, by act of Parliament, banks may suspend business. Although Sunday is a holiday in the sense of a day when business is legally suspended, it is not usually included in the general term, the phrase “Sundays and holidays” being more common.

Etymology: Holy + day

adjective Hol`i*day
  1. Of or pertaining to a festival; cheerful; joyous; gay.
  2. Occurring rarely; adapted for a special occasion."Courage is but a holiday kind of virtue, to be seldom exercised." [Dryden.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure ("we took a short holiday in Puerto Rico")
  2. A day on which work is suspended by law or custom ("no mail is delivered on federal holidays" and "it's a good thing that New Year's was a holiday because everyone had a hangover")
  3. Spend or take a vacation
  1. A surname​.
  2. (US) The holiday season or Christmas season, especially when paired with a year.

Notable Persons Named Holiday

Holiday was born in 1964 in Portland, Oregon.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Holiday

Billie Holiday was a vocal jazz, jazz blues, torch songs, swing, blues, r&b, twelve-bar blues, torch song, swing music, and rhythm singer-songwriter. She plays Vocals. Her career lasted from 1933 to 1959. Billie was given the name Eleanora Fagan on April 7th, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. Billie is also known as Lady Day. She left this life on July 17th, 1959.


Jrue Holiday is a basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans and Philadelphia 76ers in the National Basketball Association. His most notable accomplishments were from 2009 to present. Jrue was born on June 12th, 1990 in Chatsworth, Los Angeles.


Justin Holiday is a basketball player for the Chicago Bulls, Okapi Aalstar, Idaho Stampede, Szolnoki Olaj, →Santa Cruz Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, and Atlanta Hawks in the National Basketball Association. His most notable accomplishments were from 2011 to present. Justin was born on April 5th, 1989 in Mission Hills, California.


Ryan Holiday is a non-fiction author, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Ryan was born on June 16th, 1987 in Sacramento, California, U.S.


Lauren Holiday is a soccer player for the Ben Davis High School, UCLA Bruins, Pali Blues, Boston Breakers, FC Kansas City, United States women's national under-17 soccer team, United States women's national under-20 soccer team, and United States women's national under-23 soccer team. Lauren was born on September 30th, 1987 in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. Lauren is also known as Cheney and Lauren.


J. Holiday is a contemporary r&b and hip hop music singing, songwriter, actor, and rapping. He was most prominent from 2006 to present. J. was given the name Nahum Thorton Grymes on November 29th, 1984 in Washington, D.C.


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Popularity of Holiday as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Holiday U.S.
  White 36.13% 64.26%
  African American 49.47% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.49% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 8.98% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.91% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.02% 16.26%

Of Last Name Holiday

People with the last name Holiday are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Holiday

  • How Popular is the name Holiday? Holiday is the 22,695th most popular name of all time. As a last name Holiday was the 5,089th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Holiday have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 278 babies born with the first name Holiday in the United States. That's more than enough people named Holiday to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Holiday? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1952 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Holiday first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Holiday is Monday, May 17th, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Holiday born? The highest recorded use of the first name Holiday was in 2015 with a total of 19 babies.
  • Random Holiday Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Holiday is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name as you in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name Holiday: Your name in reverse order is Yadiloh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Adloyhi. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Holiday? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 6,881 people with the last name Holiday.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Holiday? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Holiday as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.