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

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wade research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1608, 1568, 1536, 1673, 1748, 1745, 1666, 1718, 1683, 1685 and are included under the topic Early Wade History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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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.
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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
  • Jonathon Wade, who settled in Boston in 1632
  • Jonathan Wade, who arrived in America in 1632 [1]
  • Nicholas Wade, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1635 [1]
  • Robert Wade, aged 35, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [1]
  • George Wade, who settled in Virginia 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 [1]
  • Dyer Wade, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Edward Wade, who landed in Georgia in 1734 [1]
  • Johanna Wade, who arrived in Delaware in 1746 [1]
  • James Wade, who landed in Mississippi in 1798 [1]
Wade Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Wade, who landed in New York in 1801 [1]
  • Patrick Wade, aged 20, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Nathan Wade, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [1]
  • Thomas Wade, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1847 [1]
  • Mary Wade, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]
  • Joseph Wade, who landed in Arkansas in 1906 [1]

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 [2]
  • Patrick Wade, who settled in Trinity in Newfoundland in 1792 [3]
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 [3]
  • 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 [4]
  • 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 [4]

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
  • William Wade, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Robert Wade, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Samuel Wade, English convict from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. Thomas Wade who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 4th August 1836, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • John Wade, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839 [8]
  • ... (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.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Wade (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • Mr. Michael John Wade O.B.E. (b. 1954), British Executive and Politician, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Government and to the Economy [9]
  • Mr. John Wade B.E.M., British recipient of Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for services to the community in Oxspring, South Yorkshire [9]
  • Mr. Arran David Egglinton Wade M.B.E., British Major for The Parachute Regiment, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 [9]
  • ... (Another 7 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 and survived the sinking [10]


Suggested Readings for the name Wade +

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

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  9. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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