Gadie

Gadie - what does Gadie surname mean?

Recorded in the spellings of Gadd, Gadie, and Gaddie, this is an Anglo-Scottish surname. It has three distinct possible interpretations. Firstly, it may have originated as an occupational name for a driver of cattle, from the Middle English `gad`, meaning to goad or spike and it is said, ultimately from the Old Norse `gaddr`. Job-descriptive surnames initially denoted the actual occupation of the namebearer, and later became hereditary. Alternatively it may have been given as a nickname given to a persistent and irritating person, and deriving from the same source. The creation of surnames from nicknames was a widespread practice in the Middle Ages, and many modern-day surnames derive from medieval nicknames referring to physical peculiarities, or to habits of dress and behaviour. Finally, in Scotland and Northern England the name may be locational from a place called `Gadie` in Aberdeenshire. The earliest recordings of the surname come from Somerset, and include Mathew Gad, noted in the first year of Edward 111`s reign, whilst Thomas Gadd was entered in the Poll Tax returns of Yorkshire for 1379. Other recordings include in 1586, the marriage of Lawrence Gadd to Alice Armestrong at St. Dunstan`s, Stepney, whilst in 1680 John Gadie was recorded at Milne, Scotland. The first recorded spelling of the family name is that of John Gad, which was dated 1327, in the `Exchequer Lay Subsidy Rolls of Somerset`. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to `develop` often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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