Shade name meaning

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Origin and Meaning of Shade

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  1. According to a user from California, U.S., the name Shade is of African origin and means "This name will refer to ''shadows or black mind'".
  2. A submission from Georgia, U.S. says the name Shade means "Princess" and is of Hebrew origin.
  3. According to a user from South Africa, the name Shade is of Scottish origin and means "Gift from god,sweet,powerful & loving".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Shade
  1. Comparative obscurity owing to interception or interruption of the rays of light; partial darkness caused by the intervention of something between the space contemplated and the source of light.
  2. Darkness; obscurity; -- often in the plural."The shades of night were falling fast." [Longfellow.]
  3. An obscure place; a spot not exposed to light; hence, a secluded retreat."Let us seek out some desolate shade, and there Weep our sad bosoms empty." [Shak.]
  4. That which intercepts, or shelters from, light or the direct rays of the sun; hence, also, that which protects from heat or currents of air; a screen; protection; shelter; cover; as, a lamp shade ."The Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand." [Ps. cxxi. 5.]"Sleep under a fresh tree's shade." [Shak.]"Let the arched knife well sharpened now assail the spreading shades of vegetables." [J. Philips.]
  5. Shadow.(Poetic)"Envy will merit, as its shade, pursue." [Pope.]
  6. The soul after its separation from the body; -- so called because the ancients it to be perceptible to the sight, though not to the touch; a spirit; a ghost; as, the shades of departed heroes."Swift as thought the flitting shade Thro' air his momentary journey made." [Dryden.]
  7. [Painting, Drawing, etc] The darker portion of a picture; a less illuminated part. See Def. 1, above.
  8. Degree or variation of color, as darker or lighter, stronger or paler; as, a delicate shade of pink."White, red, yellow, blue, with their several degrees, or shades and mixtures, as green only in by the eyes." [Locke.]
  9. A minute difference or variation, as of thought, belief, expression, etc.; also, the quality or degree of anything which is distinguished from others similar by slight differences; as, the shades of meaning in synonyms."New shades and combinations of thought." [De Quincey.]"Every shade of religious and political opinion has its own headquarters." [Macaulay.]

Note: Shade differs from shadow as it implies no particular form or definite limit; whereas a shadow represents in form the object which intercepts the light. When we speak of the shade of a tree, we have no reference to its form; but when we speak of measuring a pyramid or other object by its shadow, we have reference to its form and extent.

Etymology: OE. shade shadewe schadewe, AS. sceadu scead; akin to OS. skado, D. schaduw, OHG. scato, (gen. scatewes), G. schatten, Goth. skadus, Ir. & Gael. sgath, and probably to Gr. sko`tos darkness. √162. Cf. Shadow Shed a hat

verb Shade
  1. To shelter or screen by intercepting the rays of light; to keep off illumination from."I went to crop the sylvan scenes, And shade our altars with their leafy greens." [Dryden.]
  2. To shelter; to cover from injury; to protect; to screen; to hide; as, to shade one's eyes."Ere in our own house I do shade my head." [Shak.]
  3. To obscure; to dim the brightness of."Thou shad'st The full blaze of thy beams." [Milton.]
  4. To pain in obscure colors; to darken.
  5. To mark with gradations of light or color.
  6. To present a shadow or image of; to shadow forth; to represent.(Obs)"The goddess] in her person cunningly did shade That part of Justice which is Equity." [Spenser.]
verb Shade
To undergo or exhibit minute difference or variation, as of color, meaning, expression, etc.; to pass by slight changes; -- used chiefly with a preposition, as into away off.

Etymology: See Shade (n.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A protective ornamental covering for a lamp, used to screen a light bulb from direct view
  2. Protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight ("they used umbrellas as shades" and "as the sun moved he readjusted the shade")
  3. A representation of the effect of shadows in a picture or drawing (as by shading or darker pigment)
  4. A quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color ("after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted")
  5. A mental representation of some haunting experience
  6. A subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude ("don't argue about shades of meaning")
  7. A slight amount or degree of difference ("the new model is a shade better than the old one")
  8. A position of relative inferiority ("an achievement that puts everything else in the shade" and "his brother's success left him in the shade")
  9. Relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body ("it is much cooler in the shade")
  10. Pass from one quality such as color to another by a slight degree ("the butterfly wings shade to yellow")
  11. Vary slightly ("shade the meaning")
  12. Protect from light, heat, or view ("Shade your eyes when you step out into the bright sunlight")
  13. Represent the effect of shade or shadow on
  14. Cast a shadow over

From Middle English schade, from Old English sċeadu, sċadu (“shadow; shade”), from Proto-Germanic *skadwaz (“shadow; shade”). More at shadow.

  1. (uncountable) Darkness where light, particularly sunlight, is blocked.
    The old oak tree gave in the heat of the day.
  2. (countable) Something that blocks light, particularly in a window.
    Close the , please: it's too bright in here.
  3. (countable) A variety of a colour/color, in particular one obtained by adding black (compare tint).
    I've painted my room in five lovely of pink and chartreuse.
  4. (figuratively) A subtle variation in a concept.
    of meaning
  5. (figuratively) An aspect that is reminiscent of something.
    of Groucho
  6. A very small degree of a quantity, or variety of meaning
  7. (chiefly literary and fantasy) A ghost or specter; a spirit.
    Too long have I been haunted by that .
    The adventurer was attacked by a .
  8. (countable) A postage stamp showing an obvious difference in colour/color to the original printing and needing a separate catalogue/catalog entry.
  9. (uncountable, originally gay slang) Subtle insults.
    throw shade
    Why did you paint your room chartreuse? No ; I'm genuinely curious.

From Old English sceadwian, derived from sċeadu (see above).

    Notable Persons Named Shade

    Notable Persons Named Shade


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    Shade Sheist

    Shade Sheist is a g-funk, hip hop music, west coast hip hop, and gangsta rap musician. He was most active from 2000 to present. Shade was given the name Tramayne Thompson on October 22nd, 1982. Shade is also known as Shady Montage.

    Shade Rupe

    Shade Rupe is a writer/producer. Shade was born Shade Rupe on August 23rd, 1968 in Fullerton, California.

    Shade Munro

    Shade was born on November 19th, 1966.

    Shade Pratt

    Shade Pratt is an athlete for the Sky Blue FC.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Shade

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Shade


    Shade is a comics character.

    Will Shade

    Will Shade was a memphis blues musician. He plays Vocals, guitar, harmonica, bullfiddle ., and Washtub bass. He was most prominent from 1927 to 1966. Will was given the name William Shade Jr. on February 5th, 1898. Will is also known as Son Brimmer. He left this life on September 18th, 1966.

    Sam Shade

    Sam Shade is a football player for the Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins. His career lasted from 1995 to 2002. Sam was born on June 14th, 1973 in Birmingham, Alabama.

    Hastings Shade

    Hastings was born on May 20th, 1941 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He left this life on February 9th, 2010.

    Dave Shade

    Dave was born on March 1st, 1902 in Vallejo, California. He passed away on June 23rd, 1983.

    Nancy Shade

    Nancy was born on May 31st, 1949.


    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Shade U.S.
      White 76.04% 64.26%
      African American 17.24% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.67% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 1.78% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.31% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.97% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Shade

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Shade

  1. How Popular is the name Shade? Shade is the 7,187th most popular name of all time. As a last name Shade was the 4,919th most popular name in 2010.
  2. How many people with the first name Shade have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,912 babies born with the first name Shade in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shade to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  3. What year were 5 or more babies first named Shade? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  4. When was Shade first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shade is Thursday, January 1st, 1874.
  5. What year had the most people named Shade born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shade was in 1986 with a total of 61 babies.
  6. Random Shade Factoid: According to the 1988 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shade is not a popular baby girl's name in Maryland. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Maryland have the same name in 1988.
  7. Weird things about the name Shade: The name spelled backwards is Edahs. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Asdeh. How do you pronounce that?
  8. How many people have the last name Shade? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 7,148 people with the last name Shade.
  9. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shade? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Shade as their last name.
  10. Shade name meaning

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