Wade History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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)wæd, 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.

Early Origins of the Wade family

The surname Wade was first found in Durham where they held a family seat at Hilton Castle from very ancient times.

Early History of the Wade family

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Wade Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Wade family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Armigil Wade or Waad (d. 1568), 'the English Columbus,' stated on the inscription of his tombstone, composed by his son, Sir William. He is said to have sprung from an ancient Yorkshire family. "He is said to have been born at Kilnsey, near Coniston, and his mother's maiden name is given as Comyn. On the dissolution of the monasteries Kilnsey was granted to Sir Richard Gresham, to whom Armagil may have owed his introduction at court. In 1536 he joined as an adventurer in Hore's voyage to North America. After about two months'...
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Wade World Ranking

In the United States, the name Wade is the 267th most popular surname with an estimated 99,480 people with that name. [1] However, in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Wade is ranked the 341st most popular surname with an estimated 136 people with that name. [2] And in Australia, the name Wade is the 337th popular surname with an estimated 10,663 people with that name. [3] New Zealand ranks Wade as 569th with 1,246 people. [4] The United Kingdom ranks Wade as 390th with 16,540 people. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Wade family to Ireland

Some of the Wade family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Wade migration to the United States +

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
  • Jonathan Wade, who arrived in Boston in 1632 [6]
  • Nicholas Wade, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1635 [6]
  • Mr. John Wade, (b. 1614), aged 21, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Constance" arriving in Virginia in 1635 [7]
  • Mr. Thomas Wade who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630 aboard the ship "Ambrose" as part of the Winthrop Fleet [8]
  • Richard Wade, who settled in Massachusetts, with his wife and daughter in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Wade Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anne Wade, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [6]
  • Dyer Wade, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [6]
  • Edward Wade, who landed in Georgia in 1734 [6]
  • Johanna Wade, who arrived in Delaware in 1746 [6]
  • James Wade, who landed in Mississippi in 1798 [6]
Wade Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Wade, who landed in New York in 1801 [6]
  • Patrick Wade, aged 20, who landed in New York in 1812 [6]
  • Nathan Wade, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [6]
  • Thomas Wade, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1847 [6]
  • Mary Wade, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1854 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Wade Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • William B Wade, who arrived in Mississippi in 1900 [6]
  • Joseph Wade, who landed in Arkansas in 1906 [6]

Canada Wade migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wade Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Wade U.E. born in Rhode Island, USA who settled in Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1783 passenger aboard the Union Transport, was a Farmer [9]
  • Patrick Wade, who settled in Trinity in Newfoundland in 1792 [10]
Wade Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Francis Wade, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1802
  • Edward Wade who settled in Conception Harbour, Newfoundland in 1820 [10]
  • Miss. Ann Wade, aged 3 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Blenheim" departing 16th June 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 29th July 1847 but she died on board [11]
  • Miss. Bridget Wade, aged 6 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Blenheim" departing 16th June 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 29th July 1847 but she died on board [11]

Australia Wade migration to Australia +

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

Wade Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Wade, (b. 1775), aged 28, British shoe maker who was convicted in Surrey, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1829 [12]
  • Mr. Thomas Wade, (b. 1782), aged 38, Irish merchant who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years for fraud, transported aboard the "Dorothy" on 5th May 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [13]
  • William Wade, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [14]
  • Mr. Abraham Wade, English convict who was convicted in Leeds, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Eliza" on 13th July 1822, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [15]
  • Robert Wade, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [16]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Wade 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:

Wade Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • W Richard Wade, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Wade, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Wade, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Integrity
  • Mary Ann Wade, aged 30, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Isaac Wade, who landed in Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Wade 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. [17]
Wade Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Nicholas Wade, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Mr. George Wade, (b. 1619), aged 16, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Matthew" arriving in St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [18]
  • Mr. Robert Wade, (b. 1600), aged 35, British settler traveling aboard the ship "Paul of London" arriving in St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [18]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wade (post 1700) +

  • Patrick Henry "Adam" Wade (1935-2022), American singer, musician, actor and host of the CBS game show Musical Chairs (1975), he first Black game show host in the United States
  • Galeard Lee "Gale" Wade (1929-2022), American Major League Baseball center fielder from Melva, Missouri who played for the Chicago Cubs in the 1955 and 1956 seasons
  • Betsy Wade (1929-2020), American journalist who became the first woman copy editor at The New York Times in 1956
  • William James "Bill" Wade (1930-2016), American football quarterback
  • 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
  • Lance C. Wade, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the Royal Air Force, during World War II, credited with 23 aerial victories
  • Thomas Wade (1805-1875), English poet and dramatist
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Richard Beswick Wade, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales (1941) and survived the sinking [19]


Suggested Readings for the name Wade +

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

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  2. ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
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  11. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 98)
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  13. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/dorothy
  14. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  15. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th February 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eliza
  16. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
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