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Wade Family History

Wade Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Wade, Old English Wada, from wadan ‘to go’. (Wada was the name of a legendary sea-giant.) English: topographic name for someone who lived near a ford, Old English (ge)wæd (of cognate origin to 1), or a habitational name from a place named with this word, as for example Wade in Suffolk. Dutch and North German: occupational name or nickname from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German wade ‘garment’, ‘large net’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Cade, Ware, Bade, Lade, Gade, Wale, Kade, Eade, Tade, Wage

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Where is the Wade family from?

You can see how Wade families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wade family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wade families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 137 Wade families living in Virginia. This was about 12% of all the recorded Wade's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Wade families in 1840.
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What did your Wade ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wade. 18% of Wade men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Wade women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wade were Truck Driver and Housewife.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    18%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Cook
    6%
  • Housewife
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 50,000 immigration records available for the last name Wade. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 110,000 military records available for the last name Wade. For the veterans among your Wade ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wade lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Wade life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Wade in 1941 was 37, and 74 in 2004.

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