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- As an English surname, from an old personal name Cada, from a Germanic root meaning "lump, swelling" and perhaps related to the next sense.
- Also as an English occupational surname for a cooper, from Old French cade (“barrel, cask”), from Latin cadus.
- Also as an English surname, from the noun cade (sense 1) (“domestic animal”).
- As a French surname, spelling variant of Cadé, from cade (“juniper”).
- An English metonymic surname originating as an occupation for a cooper.
- 1591 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, (please specify the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals)]:,Scene IV:
- Jack Cade hath gotten London bridge; / The citizens fly and forsake their houses; / The rascal people, thirsting after prey, / Join with the traitor;
- A male given name transferred from the surname.
- Hanks, Patrick, editor (2003), “Cade”, in Dictionary of American Family Names, volume 1, New York City: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 266.