Origin of the Name Wade
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Meaning 'at the wade' Wade is a locational name from someone who lived near a Ford. Variants include Waide, Wadeson and Waidson. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout the above islands. Examples of such are a Henry de la Wade, County Oxfordshire, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273 and a Johannes atte Waythe, who was recorded in the 'Poll Tax', of the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the year 1379. The name Wade in Ireland is of Gaelic, Anglo and Norman-French origin. In Monaghan Wade was sometimes used by the Gaelic MacUaid Sept instead of the more usual MacQuaid. It was also brought to Ulster by settlers from England, especially during the seventeenth century, and by Norman settlers during the thirteenth century.
The Wade coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Wade descendants.