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The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Wide came from the given name Wade. Wide 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 Wide family were in Durham, at Hilton Castle, since the early Middle Ages.

Wide Early Origins



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

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Wide Spelling Variations


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Wide Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Wide family name include Wade, Waide, Waid and others.

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Wide Early History


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Wide Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wide 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 Wide History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wide Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wide Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include George Wade (1673-1748) soldier, who after the Jacobite rebellion, constructed a system of military roads and stone bridges, the latter became known as "Wade" bridges. During the Jacobite Rising of 1745, he was commander-in-chief of King George II's forces. On the infamous side...

Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wide Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wide In Ireland


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Wide In Ireland



Some of the Wide 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Wide surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Wide Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Wide, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

Wide Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Louise Wide, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Lilian B. Wide, aged 43, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Edgar J. Wide, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States, in 1921
  • E. J. Edgar J. Wide, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1924

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wide (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wide (post 1700)



  • Edvin Wide (1896-1996), Swedish silver and three-time bronze medalist long-distance runner in 1920 and the 1928 Olympics
  • Ernst Wide (1888-1950), Swedish silver medalist long-distance runner in 1912 Olympics

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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    The Wide Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wide 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.

    This page was last modified on 1 March 2016 at 22:30.

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