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Where did the English Wade family come from? What is the English Wade family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wade family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wade family history?The Anglo-Saxon name Wade comes from the given name Wade. Wade is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Many patronyms were formed when a son used his father's personal name as a surname, while others came from the personal names of famous religious and secular figures. In this case, the surname would have come from the personal name of the father, or another ancestor of the bearer. Another derivation of this surname comes from the Old English word (ge)węd, which means to wade, and would have been given to someone who lived near a ford. Members of the Wade family were in Durham, at Hilton Castle, since the early Middle Ages.
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Wade were recorded, including Wade, Waide, Waid and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wade research. Another 169 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1608, 1673, 1748, 1745, 1666, 1718, 1683, 1685 and are included under the topic Early Wade History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 235 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wade Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Wade family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Wade family emigrate to North America:
Wade Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Wade Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Wade Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Wade Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Wade Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wade Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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