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Wade

First Name
71k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
97k
in the U.S.
in 2010
Girls
Boys

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Wade mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Wade

User Submitted Origins

English
67%
German
17%
African
8%
Spanish
8%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from Philippines, the name Wade is of Spanish origin and means "Jesus is the best".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Wade
Woad.
verb Wade
Senses
  1. To go; to move forward.(Obs)"When might is joined unto cruelty, Alas, too deep will the venom wade." [Chaucer.]"Forbear, and wade no further in this speech." [Old Play.]
  2. To walk in a substance that yields to the feet; to move, sinking at each step, as in water, mud, sand, etc."So eagerly the fiend . . . With head, hands, wings, or feet, pursues his way, And swims, or sinks, or wades, or creeps, or flies." [Milton.]
  3. Hence, to move with difficulty or labor; to proceed �lowly among objects or circumstances that constantly �inder or embarrass; as, to wade through a dull book."And wades through fumes, and gropes his way." [Dryden.]"The king's admirable conduct has waded through all these difficulties." [Davenant.]

Etymology: OE. waden to wade, to go, AS. wadan; akin to OFries. wada, D. waden, OHG. watan, Icel. va�a, Sw. vada, Dan. vade, L. vadere to go, walk, vadum a ford. Cf. Evade Invade Pervade Waddle

verb Wade
To pass or cross by wading; as, he waded �he rivers and swamps.
noun Wade
The act of wading.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. English tennis player who won many women's singles titles (born in 1945)
  2. Walk (through relatively shallow water) ("Can we wade across the river to the other side?" and "Wade the pond")
Wiktionary

From Old English wæd (“a ford”).

  1. A topographic surname​.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A system of romanization for the Chinese language based on 19th-century Pekingese pronunciation, worked out by Thomas Wade.

Wade was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Wade

Notable Persons Named Wade

Wade Barrett

Wade was born on August 10th, 1980 in Penwortham, Lancashire, England.

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Wade Boggs

Wade Boggs is a baseball player. Wade was born on June 15th, 1958 in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Wade Williams

Wade Williams is an actor. He has been prominent since 1997. Wade was given the name Wade Andrew Williams on December 24th, 1961 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, US.

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Wade Phillips

Wade Phillips is an american football player. Wade was born on June 21st, 1947 in Orange, Texas.

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Wade Robson

Wade Robson is a dance, choreography, film director, film producer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, producer, and songwriter. Wade was given the name Wade Jeremy William Robson on September 17th, 1982 in Brisbane.

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Wade Miley

Wade Miley is a baseball player for the Seattle Mariners. Wade was born on November 13th, 1986 in Hammond, Louisiana.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Wade

Notable Persons With the Last Name Wade

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade is a basketball player for the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association. He was most prominent from 2003 to present. Dwyane was born on January 17th, 1982 in Chicago.

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Jeremy Wade

Jeremy Wade is a television presenter, author, biologist, and angler. Jeremy was given the name Jeremy John Wade on March 23rd, 1956 in Suffolk, England.

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Rebekah Brooks

Rebekah Brooks is a journalist, newspaper editor, and editor-in-chief. Rebekah was given the name Rebekah Mary Wade on May 27th, 1968 in Warrington, England.

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Dominic Wade

Dominic was born on April 12th, 1990 in Washington, D.C., U.S.

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Henry Wade

Henry Wade was a lawyer. Henry was given the name Henry Menasco Wade on November 11th, 1914 in Rockwall County, Texas, United States. He passed away on March 1st, 2001.

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Virginia Wade

Virginia Wade is a tennis player. Virginia was born on July 10th, 1945 in Bournemouth, Dorset.

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  • James Wade
    Darts Player
  • Jason Wade
    Musician
  • Rudy Wade
  • Rachel Wade
    Former Applebee's Waitress
  • Benjamin Franklin Wade
    Senator
  • Abdoulaye Wade
    3rd President of Senegal
  • Nicholas Wade
    Science Journalism
  • Mary Ann Wade
  • Mary Wade
  • Christian Wade
  • Coach
  • Matthew Wade
  • George Wade
    Military Person
  • Roger Alan Wade
    Singer-songwriter

Common last names for Wade

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Hampton
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Taylor
  • Wilson
  • Thomas
  • Martin
  • Moore
  • Allen
  • Hall
  • Harris
  • Jackson
  • Lewis
  • Clark
  • Thompson

Common first names for Wade

  • James
  • William
  • John
  • Mary
  • Robert
  • Charles
  • George
  • Helen
  • Dorothy
  • Thomas
  • Margaret
  • Ruth
  • Richard
  • Walter
  • Edward
  • Joseph
  • J
  • Henry
  • Frank

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Wade U.S.
  White 64.94% 64.26%
  African American 29.08% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.47% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.74% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.44% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.34% 16.26%

Of Last Name Wade

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

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Fun Facts about the name Wade

  • What name lists does Wade rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Wade? Wade is the 830th most popular name of all time. As a last name Wade was the 319th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Wade have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 70,811 babies born with the first name Wade in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wade to occupy the territory of Bermuda (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 64,237 (as of May 20, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Wade? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 56 new born babies.
  • When was Wade first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wade is Sunday, July 26th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Wade born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wade was in 1970 with a total of 1,423 babies. That's a lot of babies named Wade!
  • Random Wade Factoid: According to the 1956 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wade ranks 73rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Montana. Imagine that, 23 babies in Montana have the same name in 1956.
  • Weird things about the name Wade: The name spelled backwards is Edaw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Aedw. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Wade? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 97,040 people with the last name Wade.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wade? Wade was ranked as the 319th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
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