Wade Family History

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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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Wade Family Origin

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Wade Family Occupations

What did your Wade ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Wade occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 4% of Wade's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Wade family was Coal Miner. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wade.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner


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Wade Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 642,000 census records available for the last name Wade. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wade census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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 UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Wade Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wade ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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