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Contributor Contrib.deerskulls on 12/2/2007
As an English feminine name, this was previously a short form of FRIDESWIDE, dating from the 17th century. (Note, Frideswide was recorded in various forms such as Fridayweed, Fridaysweede and Frydiswide.)This can also come directly from the English word for the day of the week, which is derived from Old English Frigedæg, in honor of the goddess FRIGE. Friday is generally the last workday of the business week and is seen as a day of relief. The Jewish sabbath generally begins on Fridays at sunset.This is also an African American name (as with all the other weekdays). Naming children after the weekday on which they were born is common in some African cultures, notably Akan. Early slaves in America continued the day-naming practice with the English translations.In literature, this was used for a male character in the novel 'Robinson Crusoe'. He was one of the local inhabitants of the island on which Robinson Crusoe is stranded, and Friday is rescued by Crusoe after being attacked, only to be enslaved. According to Crusoe, he was rescued on a Friday. The term "man Friday" - a skilled and loyal assistant - refers to him. A less famous, female, Friday is a character in the more recent book series 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' by Lemony Snicket. While she is a relatively important character, she only appears in the final book.