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Early Origins of the Cade family

The surname Cade was first found in Yorkshire where the name is generally understood to be derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal name Cada. [1] But another source claims the name is Norman in origin as references there note that Arnulf Cades paid a fine in Normandy for disseisin in 1184. The same name also appears in 1198 under different circumstances. [2]

The Pipe Rolls of 1189 list Eustace Cade as holding lands in Lincolnshire at that time. [3] And Shakespeare included John at the Cade (a reference to the old English word for a barrel or cask) in Henry VI, Act IV, Scene II. [4]

Early History of the Cade family

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Cade Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Cade include Cade, Cady, Cadye, Kadye, Caddy, Caddey, Kade, Kady and many more.

Early Notables of the Cade family

Notables of this surname at this time include:

  • Sir John Caddy of Buckland Brewer; and Jack Cade (d. 1450), English rebel from Kent who led an unsuccessful rebellion with an army of over 5,000 against King Henry VI, he had a bounty on his head of 1...
  • Laurence Cade or Caddy (fl. 1583), was a Catholic seminarist, "a gentleman of a good family, and received his education at Trinity College, Cambridge, but does not appear to have graduated." [5]
  • Salusbury Cade (1660?-1720), was an English physician, born in Kent about 1660 and was educated as a foundation scholar at Lewisham grammar school. [5]

Cade Ranking

In the United States, the name Cade is the 3,193rd most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. [6]

United States Cade migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Cade or a variant listed above:

Cade Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Cade, who landed in Virginia in 1640 [7]
  • Walter Cade, who arrived in Virginia in 1648 [7]
  • Sarah Cade, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [7]
  • Peter Cade, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [7]
  • Thomas Cade, who arrived in Maryland in 1653 [7]
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Cade Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jahn Cade, who arrived in America in 1760-1763 [7]
Cade Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Cade, who settled in New York in 1821
  • George Cade, aged 20, who landed in New York in 1854 [7]

Australia Cade migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Cade Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Cade, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Graham Cade, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caspar" in 1849 [9]

New Zealand Cade migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Cade Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Charlotte E. Cade, (b. 1836), aged 26, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Echunga" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 24th December 1862 [10]
  • Miss Martha Cade, (b. 1839), aged 23, British nursemaid travelling from London aboard the ship "Echunga" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 24th December 1862 [10]
  • Miss Emma Cade, (b. 1843), aged 19, British nursemaid travelling from London aboard the ship "Echunga" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 24th December 1862 [10]
  • Miss Elizabeth F. Cade, (b. 1844), aged 24, British cook travelling from London aboard the ship "Light Brigade" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th August 1868 [10]
  • Miss Charlotte E. Cade, (b. 1845), aged 26, English settler from Hampshire, England, travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship 'Merope' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 25th August 1871 [10]
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West Indies Cade migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [11]
Cade Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Ann Cade, who settled in Barbados in 1664

Contemporary Notables of the name Cade (post 1700) +

  • John A. Cade (1929-1996), American politician, Republican State Senator from District 33 in the U.S. state of Maryland (1975-1996)
  • Mossy Cade (b. 1961), American former professional All-American football player
  • Lionel B. Cade (1918-1990), American accountant and politician, Mayor of Compton, California (1977 to 1981)
  • Philip Cade (1916-2001), American amateur race car driver who entered one Formula One Grand Prix in 1959 but his engine failed to start
  • Michael Cade (1972-1990), born Michael Ocello, an American actor best known for his work on the 1990s television series California Dreams
  • Dr. William H. "Bill" Cade, American biologist and a former president of the University of Lethbridge
  • Lance Morgan Cade (b. 1980), American professional wrestler
  • John H. Cade Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1964, 1972 [12]
  • John A. Cade, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Maryland, 1972 [12]
  • C. M. Cade, American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from Oklahoma, 1908 [12]
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USS Arizona
  • Mr. Richard Esh Cade, American Seaman Second Class from Washington, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [13]

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  9. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CASPAR 1849. Retrieved from
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