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What does Wade mean?

Wade Pronunciation of Wade [wade] as a boys' name is pronounced wayde. It is of Old English and Scandinavian origin, and the meaning of Wade is "able to go; river ford". Also a medieval given name taken from Scandinavian mythology. Confederate general Wade Hampton.

Associated with: old english, scandinavian, medieval, mythology.


Wade has 4 variants: Waddell, Wadell, Wayde and Waydell.

Affiliated boy name: Dwade.

Creative forms:
(male) Waden, Walde, ..

(female) Wada, Wate, ..

Middle name pairings:
Wade Nasir (W.N.), ..

How popular is Wade?

Wade is a very prominent first name for males (#300 out of 1220, Top 25%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#297 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Wade reached its top position of #210 in the U.S. in the 1960s, and is presently at #521. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wade name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Wade outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. The only other prominent related form of Wade (#521 last year) rated in the Top 2000 is Wayde. Adoption of these forms of Wade reached its apex during 1960-1969 (usage of 0.1%) and is now significantly less, with the version Wade going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wade, Wayde in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Wade and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Wade is alike in pronunciation to Aad, Ad, Ade, Aed, Aodh, Ed and Edd. Other suggested similar names are Barde, Bede, Blade, Cade, Caide, Dade, Gide, Glade, Jade, Jaide, Jayde, Jude, Kade, Kayde, Meade, Quade, Reade, Shade, Slade, Wadley, Wadly, Wain, Waite, Wake, Wald, Walden, Walder, Waldi, Waldo, Walt, Ward, Warde, Warden, Ware, Wat, Watt, Way, Wayn, Wayne, Wayte, Wilde, Wole and Wye. These names tend to be less frequently used than Wade.

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