Quick Facts on Wade
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Ford, To go
Etymology & Historical Origin - 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.
Popularity of the 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.
Popularity of the Boy Name Wade
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Wade
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Wade
Wade We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Wade.
Popular Songs on Wade
Wade - a song by Slowride
Wade in the Water - a song by Eva Cassidy
Wade in the Water - a song by Mary Mary
Children's Books on the Baby Name Wade
Wade Dives In (Jim Davis) - With the help of his friends, a paranoid duck desperately tries to overcome his fear of water. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Wades the Duck (Pamela Bohannan) - Wades the Duck knows it's going to rain soon, but all the little ducklings don't believe him! While his wisdom is ignored, they do finally realize that he was correct in what he tells them and learn to love the rain just like Wades the Duck. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Wade
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
Famous People Who Named Their Son Wade - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Wade.
Wade - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Wade - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first 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.
Variations of the Baby Name - Wade