Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Wade

Wade is the transferred use of an English surname with two possible origins. One, the surname could have been derived from a place name from the Olde English “(ge)wæd” meaning “ford” (as in the shallow, crossable section of a river or stream). Or two, the surname could have developed from an Olde English personal name Wada, from “wadan” meaning “to go”. In the second case, Wada or Waddes was the Anglo-Saxon name for a legendary sea-giant of Germanic mythologies. Born from the sea, Wada was a guardsman and ferryman of water straights around the North and Baltic Seas according to folklore. Wada was both honored and feared by coastal people of Northern England for his power over the sea. Either way, the name Wade is strongly associated with water and momentum through water. As a forename, Wade is mainly used in North America and Australia.

All About the Baby Name – Wade

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME WADE

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME WADE

Wade has had a longer ride on the American popularity charts than one might think; not to mention a relatively successful one at that. This was surprising news to us, especially since we don’t think of Wade as a particularly common first name. Still, Wade dates back to at least the 19th century in America, which is as far back as the U.S. government first began tracking naming trends. Wade saw moderate success around the turn of the 20th century and maintained steady usage during the 1900s. The name’s peak popularity was achieved around the late 1960s and early 70s when it managed to fall inside the Top 200. By the 1980s, Wade started to show signs of aging and in the past 20 years, the name’s drops on the charts have become more pronounced, suggesting this little water baby is going out of style. There are a couple of things we think of when we hear the name Wade. For one, Wade Hampton Hamilton was the name of Scarlett O’Hara’s first baby in the novel “Gone with the Wind” (although the child was edited out in the 1939 film). He was named after a real-life Confederate commanding officer Wade Hampton III. Secondly we think of baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs who spent most of his career with the Boston Red Sox. Wade is a simple, unpretentious one-syllable name that has never been trendy or overused. It belongs on a boy who excels in sports or one who is confident yet laid back. Unlike Cade, Wade doesn’t sound like it’s trying so hard to be cool. It just is.

Quick Facts

ON WADE

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

1

RANKING POPULARITY:

546

PRONUNCIATION:

WAYD

SIMPLE MEANING:

Ford, To go

Characteristics

OF WADE

Humanitarian

Community-minded

Family-oriented

Loving

Affectionate

Compassionate

Sensitive

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Wade

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME WADE

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Wade

Popular Songs

ON WADE

Wade in the Water
a song by Mary Mary

Wade
a song by Slowride

Famous People

NAMED WADE

Wade Boggs (baseball player)
Wade Belak (hockey player)
Wade Davis (baseball player)
Wade Hayes (country musician)
Wade Phillips (football coach)
Wade Redden (hockey player)
Wade Watts (civil rights activist)

Children of Famous People

NAMED WADE

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Wade

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME WADE

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Wade