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Origin: Old English
Meaning: River Crossing

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Wade

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Wade in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Wade:

  • Records indicate that 65,412 boys in the United States have been named Wade since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1970, when 1,418 people in the U.S. were given the name Wade. Those people are now 50 years old.

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    Comments about the name Wade

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      15 Positive Comments

  • "My husband and I named our son Wade in 1979. It was the name of a character in a book my husband was reading, he liked it, asked me what I thought and I was instantly pleased with it. My son does get annoyed with people who don't listen well and call him Wayne, despite him pronouncing his name very clearly! LOL What's worse is our last name is the name of a flower, and also is used for a girl's name... so, the names are often reversed, like in the doctor's office or other places where one's name is called out. My son does not find that amusing, at all. Overall, he is not displeased nor dissatisfied with his given name." Mar. 31, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Wade, born in 1959. I've always liked my name easy to pronounce but I have been called Wayne quiet a bit, I think that is a common mistake people make with my name. My son's middle name is Wade and my grandson's middle name is Wade. I'm proud that the name is being passed on to future generations." Feb. 13, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My wife and I are expecting our third child (a boy), in a few months, and we're 99.9% certain we'll name him Wade. Really like/love the name...that it's a name everyone's familiar with, but still very rare. Personally, think I've only known one Wade, in my acquaintance in college. I have never liked my own name and am constantly having to spell it for people, as it's spelled in an uncommon way. Hence, I'm sensitive to those sharing about the Wade/Wayne confusion. Still love the name, though. Also, it's a family name (wife's side), so that pretty much seals it for us. Our first two children have first and middle names after close family members." Nov. 7, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My dads name is wade by spelt with a wayde and I think it's a cool name! Sometimes people call him Wayne haha And he gets kinda tired of correcting them but he loves his name!" Nov. 13, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Just named my son Wade. After Deadpool... Of course!" Sep. 30, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Wade in 2006.. The name was distant in the family, but I liked it immediately. It was a very uncommon name. I felt it was old and modern at the same time. I feel like it's growing. We have at no problems with pronounciation. I wouldn't change it for the world. My son likes it too. There is no confusion on who he is at school. It's good stuff!" Nov. 25, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just named my son Wade. It is also my father's name. My dad seems to like it just fine, but has mentioned the need to enunciate to avoid mistakenly being called Wayne. I've received only positive reactions to my sons name and I hope it stays that way." Feb. 26, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love the name and it's rarity. Only have ever met one Wade. Wouldn't pronounce it any other way than Way-de. Think its strong sounding and attractive, established name." Aug. 8, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Wade and its awesome :) I love my name and would never change it. People do mistake my name sometimes for wayne of wad or something. I have met a couple other wades and they were all BAMFS People remember me after they meet me when they hear wade they know its me they're talking about :)" May. 24, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Wade. Yeah, "wade in the water" gets old. People remember my name though. I've only met one other Wade. I'm used to being called Wayne (been called Ward, Wendell as well)." Dec. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Wade. I like my name because it's somewhat uncommon. My name has been mistaken for Ray, Weed, and most often, Wayne. The only issue I have with my name is that I can't ever find a mug or one of those little license plates with my name on it... Thats about it.. Good day." Jul. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my names wade ... excellent. spelt "wayde" ... rare name :)" Feb. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "yea.. the wayne thing is every now and then. urgh haha. but i love my name because it is quite original" Nov. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Except people calling you Wayne till you 15 or so, its a great name and not so common that its a lot of fun." Mar. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My girlfriend's cousin is named Wade, and he is (not surprisingly) from Arkansas; nonetheless, he's a gentleman and adventurer." Sep. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      10 Neutral Comments

  • "I named my son wade in may of 2019 me and my partner loved it but my eldest daughter wasn?t too keen on it :(. Only ever heard of one other wade so quite a rare name in the uk" Aug. 29, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I loved the name right away, my friends in California never heard of it as I had not either until I moved to Texas in 1977- fell in love and our Daughter plans on the name going on in our family," Apr. 22, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Wade. I actually always hated the name but I guess now that I really think about it, it's not so bad. Although I do have to tell people it's "Wade, as in wade in the water" about 20 times a day so they don't call me Wayne. It's my father's name just like the other commenter, that's cool. I will probably name my kid Wade as well." Dec. 6, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Wade. I'm 26 and I've always been proud of my name. Also my father's name. I don't get a lot of mistakes with it, though every now and then people get it wrong over the phone. I've met 3 other Wade's over my life. Which is pretty pretty awesome." Oct. 17, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "my son is called wade,isnt tht common in u.k..he,s only 5 so dont wht he will think of it ,in yr,s 2cum.but i think its a kl boys name....i never heard of it ,until i watch th film (th hse of wax) .." Jun. 14, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "As a fellow Wade, I've found you really need to enunciate when giving people your name. Try "Way-duh". Otherwise I end up being Wayne, Dwayne, Dwade, Waden, or my all time favorite BLADE." Sep. 14, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Wade, and I too have had to correct people when they call me Wayne but it never really bothers me anyway. I haven't met very many people named Wade, maybe three ever. I hear the phrase "wade in the water" too much!" Feb. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Wade. They do call him Wayne often. He's 12 now and gets tired of correcting people... so, he just lets them call him Wayne. I like it :-)" Apr. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yeah, people call me Wayne at first too. It usually takes me about one minute to get them saying Wade and not Wayne..." Oct. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Many people call me Wayne first time i tell them my name, then i have to correct them. Never met anyone else here in England with Wade as a first name." Aug. 21, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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