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Updated June 9, 2019

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Middle English : A ford
  • English : Ford meadow

Boy name variations

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : habitational name from a place in Berkshire named Wadley, from Old English wād ‘woad’ or the personal name Wada + lēah ‘woodland clearing’. Wadley in Northumberland, which has the same derivation, appears not to have contributed significantly to the modern surname.

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