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Dade Coat of Arms Meaning

The two main devices (symbols) in the Dade blazon are the chevron and garb. The two main tinctures (colors) are or and gules.

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.1. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 2. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.3.

Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”4. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 5. Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).6

The chevron is one the major shapes used upon a shield, known as ordinaries. The inverted ‘V’ of the chevron is perhaps thought to have originated to represent a military scarf folded on the shield 7, or additional cross-pieces used to strengthen the shield and painted a different colour.8. It has also acquired the meaning of “Protection… granted… to one who has achieved some notable enterprise” 9, possibly becuase of its resemblance to the roof truss of a house.

Europe in the middle ages was still a largely agrarian society, and the wealth of the nobility resided in their estates and land. Since most people still lived and worked on the land they would find farm implements instantly recognisable, (an important feature for a coat of arms), even if they seem obscure to us today. 10 The garb for example is an ancient word for wheatsheaf, something now more frequently seen in Inn signs than in the field! 11

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Dade Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Dade Origin:

Ireland, England

Origins of Dade:

This interesting and unique surname is of Irish source, and is an Anglicized form of "MacDaibheid," which means Son of David," acquired from the Hebrew male given name David, which means "loved." The given name has always been famous among the Jewish people, in respect of the biblical king of this name, the greatest of the former Lords of Israel. The popularity of the name was raised in Britain, firstly, because it was the name of the patron holy persons of Wales, and secondly, because it produced two kings of Scotland, King David I (1124 - 1153) and King David II (1329 - 1371). The name was perhaps brought into Ireland from Britain. The first documentation of David as a surname was one Robert David in the Hundred Rolls of Leicestershire in 1278. Other Irish forms of the name contain as (Mac) David, (Mac) Deuitt, (Mac) Davitt and Taaffe. The naming was put into writing in London by John, son of William and Eleanor Dade, in February 1741 at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster.


More common variations are: Deade, Dadey, Daude, D'ade, Dawde, Dadie, Dhade, Dadhe, Dayde, Dadde.


The origins of the surname Dade appeared in Norfolk where people held a family seat from early times. Someone say better before the invasion of Normans and the entrance of Duke William at Hastings1066 A.D.

The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Alya Dad, dated about 1544, in the "St. Margaret's Westminster", London. It was during the time of King Henry VIIIwho was known to be the “Good King Hal," dated from the year 1509 to the year 1547. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England. Surnames all over the country began to develop, with unique and shocking spelling varieties of the original one.


Many of the people with surname Dade had moved to Ireland during the 17th century.

United States of America:

Some of the people with the surname Dade who settled in the United States in the 17th century included William Dade settled in Charlestown Massachusetts in the year 1630. Francis Dade, who landed in Virginia in the year 1651. John Dade who settled in Virginia in the year 1676.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Dade: Niger 2,677; United States 2,623; Benin 2,460; India 1,758; Ivory Coast 1,461; Mauritania 1,104; England 801; Ghana 799; Indonesia 609; France 196.

Notable People:

Eric Dade was born in January in the year 1970 in Buffalo, New York. He is a resigned American soccer champion who played professionally in the National Professional Soccer League.

Everett Clarence Dade is a mathematician at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign working on finite groups and representation theory, who introduced the Dade isometry and Dade's speculation.

Francis Langhorne Dade (1793–December 1835) was a Brevet Major in the U.S. 4th Infantry control, United States Army, during the Second Seminole War. He was murdered in a war with Seminole Indians that came to be known as the "Dade Massacre." He was born in Virginia, most likely in the King George Division. He entered the Army in March 1813 and was brevetted major in February 1828.

Harold Dade (March 1923 in Chicago, IL–July 1962) was an American fighter and Bantamweight champion.

Lonnie Paul Dade (December 1951 – August 2016) was a Major-League Baseball outfielder/third baseman. In June in the year 1970, he was drafted by the California Angels in the 1st round (10th pick) of the 1970 amateur draft. He played for the Angels (1975–1976), Cleveland Indians (1977–1979), and San Diego Padres (1979–1980). He was called up to the Angels after hitting .332 in 100 games for the El Paso Diablos of the Texas League and then .545 in 9 games for the Salt Lake City Gulls of the Pacific Coast League. He made his major-league introduction in September 1975 at Royals Stadium, starting the second game of a doubleheader in left field against Kansas City.

Blazons & Genealogy Notes

Notes: (Tannington, co. Suffolk, and Woodton, co. Norfolk, temp. Edward IV.). Blazon: Gu. a chev. betw. three garbs or, Crest—A garb or, enfiled with a ducal coronet per pale az. and gu.

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