The origin of this name is still today quite uncertain. the theories include: 1) from the English medieval personal name "Cade", from the Old English pre 7th Century "Cada", which derives from a Germanic word meaning a "swelling" or "lump", and as such might have been used as a nickname for a stout person. 2) From the Old French "Cade", meaning “a cask or barrel”, the surname therefore being a metonymic for a cooper, a barrel-maker. 3) From the Middle English "cade", meaning “a pet, domestic animal”, especially one left by its mother and reared by hand. In this case the surname would evolve from a nickname for a gentle, inoffensive person. John Cade († 1450), was the leader of the Kentish rebellion against Henry V1 in 1450, and was killed at Heathfield in July of that year.