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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Apparently of English origin, but of unexplained etymology.
  • Swedish (Vadén) : probably an ornamental name from the place-name element vad- ‘ford’ + the adjectival suffix -én, from Latin -enius.
  • The earliest recorded bearer of this name in North America is Henry Vaden (1663–1729), of Chesterfield Co., VA.

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