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Wade

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68k
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since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Wade

"Wade" is a name of English origin, and it means "Traveller". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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 the Old English word for 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

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

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

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

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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 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

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

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

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 56 0 56
1881 52 0 52
1882 64 0 64
1883 54 0 54
1884 51 0 51
1885 54 0 54
1886 61 0 61
1887 39 0 39
1888 50 0 50
1889 42 0 42
1890 51 0 51
1891 38 0 38
1892 54 0 54
1893 53 0 53
1894 54 0 54
1895 39 0 39
1896 63 0 63
1897 53 0 53
1898 63 0 63
1899 62 0 62
1900 56 0 56
1901 62 0 62
1902 40 0 40
1903 46 0 46
1904 57 0 57
1905 64 0 64
1906 57 0 57
1907 69 0 69
1908 37 0 37
1909 69 0 69
1910 75 0 75
1911 78 0 78
1912 181 0 181
1913 179 0 179
1914 250 0 250
1915 266 0 266
1916 333 5 328
1917 317 0 317
1918 324 0 324
1919 333 0 333
1920 375 7 368
1921 383 0 383
1922 352 5 347
1923 343 6 337
1924 391 6 385
1925 333 0 333
1926 343 0 343
1927 378 0 378
1928 361 5 356
1929 308 0 308
1930 298 0 298
1931 301 0 301
1932 304 0 304
1933 295 0 295
1934 306 0 306
1935 328 0 328
1936 302 0 302
1937 310 0 310
1938 306 0 306
1939 346 0 346
1940 411 0 411
1941 395 0 395
1942 372 0 372
1943 400 0 400
1944 411 0 411
1945 381 0 381
1946 474 0 474
1947 490 0 490
1948 487 0 487
1949 472 0 472
1950 528 0 528
1951 555 0 555
1952 598 0 598
1953 669 6 663
1954 755 0 755
1955 836 0 836
1956 1,078 0 1,078
1957 1,141 0 1,141
1958 1,149 0 1,149
1959 1,231 5 1,226
1960 1,248 5 1,243
1961 1,244 0 1,244
1962 1,218 10 1,208
1963 1,405 0 1,405
1964 1,383 5 1,378
1965 1,306 6 1,300
1966 1,365 5 1,360
1967 1,245 0 1,245
1968 1,125 0 1,125
1969 1,365 0 1,365
1970 1,430 7 1,423
1971 1,162 6 1,156
1972 1,060 6 1,054
1973 1,118 5 1,113
1974 1,125 5 1,120
1975 1,136 5 1,131
1976 1,014 5 1,009
1977 896 6 890
1978 782 7 775
1979 770 5 765
1980 737 0 737
1981 652 5 647
1982 663 0 663
1983 606 6 600
1984 664 0 664
1985 656 6 650
1986 734 6 728
1987 731 0 731
1988 776 0 776
1989 777 0 777
1990 778 0 778
1991 702 0 702
1992 686 0 686
1993 592 0 592
1994 553 0 553
1995 527 0 527
1996 593 0 593
1997 554 0 554
1998 507 0 507
1999 494 0 494
2000 496 0 496
2001 464 0 464
2002 414 0 414
2003 403 0 403
2004 470 7 463
2005 486 0 486
2006 453 0 453
2007 486 0 486
2008 426 0 426
2009 401 0 401
2010 414 0 414
2011 462 0 462
2012 470 0 470
2013 484 0 484
2014 507 0 507
2015 553 0 553
2016 785 0 785

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Popularity of Wade as a first name

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Popularity of Wade as a last name

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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

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

  • How Popular is the name Wade? Wade is the 826th 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 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 67,995 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 1983 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wade ranks 84th in popularity as a baby boy's name in South Dakota. Imagine that, 15 babies in South Dakota have the same name as you in 1983.
  • Weird things about the name Wade: Your name in reverse order is Edaw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dwae. 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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  • 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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