Shade

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Origin and Meaning of Shade

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  • A submission from Georgia, United States says the name Shade means "Princess" and is of Hebrew origin.
  • A submission from South Africa says the name Shade means "Gift from god,sweet,powerful & loving" and is of Scottish origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Shade
Senses
  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
Senses
  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
Wiktionary

Old English sceadu, from Proto-Germanic *skadwō.

  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. (archaic or literary) A ghost.
    Too long have I been haunted by that .
  8. (archaic) A creature that is partially human and partially angel.
    He was attacked by a .
  9. (countable) A postage stamp showing an obvious difference in colour/color to the original printing and needing a separate catalogue/catalog entry.
  10. (uncountable, originally gay slang) Subtle insults.
    throw shade

From Old English sceadwian.

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    How popular is the baby name Shade in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1880 8 0 8
    1882 7 0 7
    1885 7 0 7
    1887 6 0 6
    1890 5 0 5
    1891 6 0 6
    1892 7 0 7
    1907 6 0 6
    1910 6 0 6
    1914 10 0 10
    1915 12 0 12
    1916 7 0 7
    1917 14 0 14
    1918 13 0 13
    1919 10 0 10
    1920 5 0 5
    1921 16 0 16
    1922 7 0 7
    1923 7 0 7
    1924 7 0 7
    1925 9 0 9
    1928 15 0 15
    1930 10 0 10
    1931 9 0 9
    1932 5 0 5
    1935 5 0 5
    1937 6 0 6
    1938 8 0 8
    1939 5 0 5
    1940 5 0 5
    1941 6 0 6
    1942 6 0 6
    1943 5 0 5
    1945 6 0 6
    1950 5 0 5
    1952 8 0 8
    1961 9 0 9
    1962 6 0 6
    1964 6 0 6
    1967 5 0 5
    1968 5 0 5
    1972 7 0 7
    1975 8 0 8
    1976 12 6 6
    1977 7 0 7
    1978 9 0 9
    1979 13 5 8
    1980 6 0 6
    1981 5 0 5
    1982 9 0 9
    1983 20 5 15
    1985 39 33 6
    1986 68 61 7
    1987 49 41 8
    1988 55 42 13
    1989 59 44 15
    1990 46 35 11
    1991 51 42 9
    1992 53 37 16
    1993 88 59 29
    1994 72 48 24
    1995 61 36 25
    1996 65 41 24
    1997 72 39 33
    1998 58 33 25
    1999 57 29 28
    2000 56 35 21
    2001 50 32 18
    2002 38 21 17
    2003 43 23 20
    2004 23 8 15
    2005 39 19 20
    2006 33 9 24
    2007 38 10 28
    2008 38 12 26
    2009 25 7 18
    2010 31 10 21
    2011 27 9 18
    2012 31 5 26
    2013 19 0 19
    2014 12 0 12
    2015 27 5 22
    2016 14 0 14
    2017 20 0 20

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    Common last names for Shade

    • Smith
    • Jones
    • Harris
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    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

    • How Popular is the name Shade? Shade is the 7,103rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Shade was the 4,919th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Shade have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,863 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).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Random Shade Factoid: According to the 2001 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shade is not a popular baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, only 6 babies in New York have the same name as you in 2001.
    • Weird things about the name Shade: Your name in reverse order is Edahs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eahds. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Shade? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 7,148 people with the last name Shade.
    • 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.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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