|Number in U.S||👶 28,000|
|Rate in 2021||762|
|Name origin||🌍 English|
Cade is the transferred use of an English surname derived from the medieval epithet “Cada” which in turn originated from a Germanic word meaning 'round, lumpy'. This nickname prior to the 7th century would have been used for a corpulent person. Alternatively, but less likely, the surname developed from the Middle English word 'Cade' meaning 'domestic animal, domesticated animal'. In this case, the nickname would have been used for a gentle, harmless person. The surname dates from 12th century England. Cade is also sometimes considered a shortened form of the Scottish Gaelic name-Caden. The first name Cade notably appeared as a minor character in Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel "Gone with the Wind." Cade Calvert was a southern boy from a good family whom Scarlett's father wanted her to marry at the beginning of the novel, but whom Scarlett "would not have on a silver platter." Cade returns from the Civil War a broken man with terminal tuberculosis. Still, it's probably the first time Cade was introduced as a given name by Americans. Southerners more or less started the trend of using surnames as given names in the United States.
Cade appeared on the male naming charts sporadically throughout the 1970s and '80s, but it wasn't until the 1990s that it became apparent that he was here to stay. Since 1990, Cade has made some impressive strides up the popularity charts, even though it appears to be the solution at moderate levels of use today. Caden is the much more popular name, and probably the real reason behind Cade's success. It's a good alternative to Caden for parents who prefer snappier one-syllable names. It is one of those names that image many different types of boys. It could be the name of a little cowboy in the rugged west, or a gentile boy from southern Ireland in ancestry. It could be the rough and tumble soccer player or a minimalist artist in Soho. Cade is neither luxurious, nor visible. It's just that simple. Plain lovable, that is.