From the Old English for a ford.
Wade f (genitive Wade, plural Waden) calf (of leg)
Wade A topographic surname. A male given name, transferred from the surname. 1936, Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind, Chapter VII: In due time, Charles' son was born and, because it was fashionable to name boys after their fathers' commanding officers, he was called Wade Hampton Hamilton. A system of romanization for the Chinese language based on 19th-century Pekingese pronunciation, worked out by Thomas Wade.
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