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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.

First found in Durham where they held a family seat at Hilton Castle from very ancient times.


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 United States in the 17th Century

  • Jonathon Wade settled in Boston in 1632
  • Jonathan Wade, who arrived in America in 1632
  • Nicholas Wade, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Robert Wade, aged 35, landed in St Christopher in 1635
  • George Wade settled in Virginia in 1635

Wade Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne Wade, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Dyer Wade, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Edward Wade, who landed in Georgia in 1734
  • Johanna Wade, who arrived in Delaware in 1746
  • James Wade, who landed in Mississippi in 1798

Wade Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Wade, who landed in New York in 1801
  • Patrick Wade, aged 20, landed in New York in 1812
  • Nathan Wade, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • Thomas Wade, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1847
  • Mary Wade, aged 22, landed in New York in 1854

Wade Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William B Wade, who arrived in Mississippi in 1900
  • Joseph Wade, who landed in Arkansas in 1906

  • Edward Wade who settled in Conception Harbour, Newfoundland

Wade Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Patrick Wade settled in Trinity in Newfoundland in 1792

Wade Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Francis Wade, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1802

Wade Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Wade, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Robert Wade, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Samuel Wade, English convict from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Wade arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839
  • Heny Wade arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Childe Harold" in 1849

Wade Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W Richard Wade landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Wade landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Wade landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Integrity
  • Mary Ann Wade, aged 30, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Isaac Wade landed in Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand in 1843


  • Henry Wade (1914-2001), Texas lawyer and lead defendant in Roe v. Wade
  • Corey Nathaniel Wade (b. 1983), American professional baseball relief pitcher
  • Benjamin Wade (1800-1878), American lawyer and United States Senator from Ohio
  • Jeptha Homer Wade (1811-1890), American industrialist, philanthropist, founder of Western Union Telegraph
  • Thomas Wade (1805-1875), English poet and dramatist
  • Mr. Richard Beswick Wade, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Sir Charles Gregory Wade (1863-1922), Australian politician, Premier of New South Wales from 1907 to 1910
  • Robert Graham Wade (1921-2008), New Zealand chess player and author, winner of the New Zealand Chess Championship in 1944, 1945 and 1948
  • Mary Wade (1928-2005), Australian paleontologist
  • Virginia Wade (b. 1945), British tennis player, winner of three Grand Slam singles titles and four Grand Slam doubles titles


  • Pushed Back to Strength: A Black Woman's Journey Home by Gloria Wade-Gayles.
  • Wade-Waid-Waide by Ophelia Richardson.


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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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