[ 1 syll. wa-de, wad-e ] The baby boy name Wade is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is Wey-D †. Wade is used chiefly in the English language and it is derived from Old English origins. The name's meaning is ford, dweller by the ford. The first name is from an Old English surname, which is either from the element 'wade', or else from a medieval name from the element 'wadan'. The latter was the name of a fierce sea giant feared by the North Sea coastal tribes in medieval legend.
Wade has 12 variants. Variants include Wad, Waddell, Wadell, Wadi, Wadie, Waed, Waede, Waid, Waidell, Wayde, and Waydell. The variant spelling Waide is another English form. See also the related form, Dwade (English).
Wade is a classic favorite. At present it is still fairly popular as a baby name for boys, though not to the extent it was previously. At the modest height of its usage in 1966, 0.075% of baby boys were given the name Wade. It ranked at #183 then. The baby name has since experienced a loss in popularity, and in recent years it is of occasional use. In 2012, its usage was 0.023% and its ranking #553, but it was nonetheless the most widely used within all boy names in its group. Wade has mostly been a baby boy name in the past century.
† Pronunciation for Wade: W as in "we (W.IY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)"