Origins Available: English, Scottish
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)wæd, 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.
Early Origins of the Wide family
Durham where they held a family seat at Hilton Castle from very ancient times.
Early History of the Wide family
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Wide Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Wide family (pre 1700)
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...
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Migration of the Wide family to Ireland
Some of the Wide family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Wide family to the New World and Oceana
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
Wide Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Wide (post 1700)
Wide Family Crest Products