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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.


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

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Wade name in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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.