National Wade Day – September 25, 2022

National Wade Day takes place annually on September 25 to celebrate all people named Wade. Wade is a masculine name of Anglo-Saxon origin. The name derives from the pre-7th century Old English verb ‘wadan,’ meaning “to go.” It may also be a derivation of the Old English ‘(ge)waed,’ which means ‘ford.’ It is thought to be a habitational name to denote someone who lived by a ford or a locational name for people residing in locations with the same name. An example of this is Wade in the county of Suffolk in East Anglia, England.

History of National Wade Day

Wade is a masculine name of Anglo-Saxon origin. The name derives from the pre-7th century Old English verb ‘wadan,’ meaning “to go.” Wade is also considered an occupational name from the Middle Dutch and Middle Low German ‘wade,’ which means “large net” or ‘garment.’

Its earliest-known record was found in the little “Domesday Book” for Norfolk, Essex, and Suffolk in 1086. However, it was spelled Wada, Wade, and Wado. It drew popularity from the legend of Wade, a sea giant who was both feared and honored by inhabitants of the North Sea and Baltic Sea’s coastal tribes. Other variants include Waide, Waid, Wadey, Quaid, MacWade, Wadeson, Wayde, Waad, Wadeson, Waidson, and MacUaid.

In the United States, Wade reached its peak in popularity in the year 2021, matching 1,012 births and taking 325th place on the list of most popular male names. In 2000, its popularity was much lower at a rank of 474, witnessing a slight decrease the following year. Its prevalence witnessed a steady decline until 2016 when it took a drastic leap from 521st to 405th place. From then on, the name enjoys a continued, steady increase in popularity.

National Wade Day timeline

1086
Wade is First Recorded

Wade is first recorded in England in the little “Domesday Book.”

2000
Wade Ranks 474

Wade ranks 474 among the most popular male names in the U.S.

2016
Wade Increases in Popularity

Wade experiences a dramatic leap in popularity, from 521 to 405 on the list of most popular male names.

2021
Wade’s Popularity Peaks

Wade reaches its peak in popularity within the U.S.

National Wade Day FAQs

Is Wade a biblical name?

No. Wade is not mentioned anywhere in the “Bible.”

Can Wade be a girl’s name?

Though some people might name their female child Wade, there is no popular feminine variation of the name.

What anagrams can be derived from Wade?

Anagrams that can be obtained from Wade include dew, awed, wed, awe, wad, and we.

National Wade Day Activities

  1. Celebrate Wade

    Know anyone named Wade? Celebrate by wishing him a happy National Wade Day and telling him what an awesome name he has!

  2. Find rhyming words

    Play a fun word game today by finding other names that rhyme with Wade. We’ll get you started with Jade and Slade.

  3. Share this holiday

    Let others know that National Wade Day exists. Click on the share button to create more awareness and tell others about it on social media!

5 Famous People Named Wade

  1. Wade Williams

    Born December 24, 1961, Williams is an American actor, famous for playing Brad Bellick in the TV series “Prison Break.”

  2. Wade H. McCree

    Born July 3, 1920, McCree was the first black person to be appointed as a Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

  3. Wade MacNeil

    Born May 5, 1984, MacNeil is a Canadian musician known as the vocalist of the punk band Gallows and the founder of the Black Lungs band.

  4. Wade Robson

    Born September 17, 1982, Robson is an Australian choreographer and dancer, famous for being a judge on the popular dance series “So You Think You Can Dance.”

  5. Wade Redden

    Born June 12, 1977, Redden is a Canadian former ice hockey player who played for the Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, and St. Louis Blues during the course of his career.

Why We Love National Wade Day

  1. Wade is a solid name

    Wade is a solid male name that inspires feelings of trustworthiness. It is a name that any boy would be honored to wear proudly.

  2. Wade is well-worn

    Think of all the influential and impactful people who have been named Wade. This gives the name a well-worn and firmly established quality.

  3. Wade has history

    Wade is a name with traceable origins. Its fascinating history dates back to the period before the 11th century.

National Wade Day dates

YearDateDay
2022September 25Sunday
2023September 25Monday
2024September 25Wednesday
2025September 25Thursday
2026September 25Friday

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