Old English lēof 'dear, loved' + Old English dæġ 'day'.
According to Withycombe s.n. Loveday, the name was often given to children born on a 'love day', a dies amoris, that is, a day for disputants to come together to try to resolve their differences amicably. The name is not found outside of England, and was most common in Devon and Cornwall.
- ● 1381 Loveday (nom) Suffolk1381 p. 82
- Early Modern English
- ● 1574 Lowdye COmar-vol5 p. 126;
1579 Lowdy COmar-vol2 p. 71;
1582 Lowdy DEmar-vol2 p. 8;
1584 Lowdy COmar-vol2 p. 71;
1589 Lowdy ibid. p. 72;
1590 Lowdy ibid. p. 72;
1592 Lowda COmar-vol5 p. 9
Cite as: S.L. Uckelman. "Loveday". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2020, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2020/1/name/Loveday.