Origins Available: English
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)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
The surname Wide was first found in Durham
where they held a family seat
at Hilton Castle from very ancient times.
Early History of the Wide family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wide research.Another 85 words (6 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.
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.
Early Notables of the Wide family (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.
Migration of the Wide family to Ireland
Some of the Wide 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.
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
- Mary Wide, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
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
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