English: metonymic occupational name for a cooper, from Middle English, Old French cade ‘cask’, ‘barrel’ (of Germanic origin, probably akin to the root mentioned in 1) English nickname for a gentle or inoffensive person, from Middle English cade ‘domestic animal,’ ‘pet’ (unknown origin).
Most likely those with the surname are from the British Isles. The majority of the Cade’s emigrating to the United States came between 1821 and 1891.
The coat of arms granted to a Cade family depicts on a white shield, a blue fesse between two red lions passant guardant. The Crest is a red demi lion rampant.
The first instance of the name in records occurred in 1186 that of Eustace Cade in the “Pipe Rolls of Lincolnshire”.
My connection to the name:
Mary CADE birth about 1575 in England; married John SHORTRIDGE.
She was my eleventh great grandmother.