Meaning and Name Origin
Wade \wa-de\ 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.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Dwade.
Wade is a very prominent first name for males (#300 out of 1220, Top 25%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#267 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Wade for boys. Wade reached its top position of #218 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, and is presently at #542. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Wade▼ is alike in pronunciation to Aad and Ade. Other suggested similar baby names are Cade▲, Dade, Jade▼, Kade▲, Waite, Wake, Warde, Ware, Wat, Watt and Wayte. These names tend to be less frequently used than Wade.