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Origin and popularity of the name WADE


Wade : 1: English: from the Middle English personal name Wade (Old English Wada or via Norman French from ancient Germanic Wado of unclear origin but possibly related to Old English wadan ‘to go’).2: English: topographic name from Middle English wade ‘ford’ (Old English (ge)wæd ‘ford especially a tidal crossing’) for someone who lived by a ford or a habitational name from a place so called such as Wade Hall in North Cove (Suffolk).3: Irish: shortened and altered from Mac Uaid see McQuaid.4: German: occupational name or nickname from Middle Low German wade ‘garment large net’.5: West African (mainly Senegal also Mauritania): Wolof name of unexplained etymology.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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