Last name origins & meanings:
- English: from the Middle English personal name Wade, Old
English Wada, from wadan ‘to go’. (Wada was the
name of a legendary sea-giant.)
- English: topographic name for
someone who lived near a ford, Old English (ge)wæd (of
cognate origin to 1), or a habitational name from a place named with
this word, as for example Wade in Suffolk.
- Dutch and North
German: occupational name or nickname from Middle Dutch, Middle Low
German wade ‘garment’, ‘large net’.
- Jonathan Wade emigrated from Norfolk, England, to Medford, MA, in
1632. Benjamin Franklin Wade (1800–1878), born near Springfield, MA, was a prominent U.S. senator from OH during the Civil War.
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