Show ContentsMacDade History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish MacDade surname is derived from the Irish Gaelic Patronymic name "Mac Daibheid," which means son of David.

Early Origins of the MacDade family

The surname MacDade was first found in on the Inishowen peninsula, in County Donegal, where a sept of this name claim David O'Doherty (d. 1208,) a chief of Cenel Eoghain, as their ancestor.

Early History of the MacDade family

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MacDade Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of the surname MacDade can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include MacDaid, MacDavid, McDavid, Dade, MacDade, Devitt, MacDevitt, MacDavitt and many more.

Early Notables of the MacDade family (pre 1700)

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Canada MacDade migration to Canada +

In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the MacDade family came to North America quite early:

MacDade Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Macdade, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831

Contemporary Notables of the name MacDade (post 1700) +

  • Albert Dutton MacDade (b. 1871), American Republican politician, Delaware County District Attorney, 1906-12; Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 9th District, 1921-28; Common Pleas Court Judge in Pennsylvania, 1928-39 [1]

  1. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook