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Subject: Re: Quaites
Author: Anon.   (guest)
Date: May 10, 2004 at 9:23 AM
Reply to: I am trying to find the history of the surname Quaites by Uriah

Quaites may come from 'cwaed' an Indo-European root, in which case it means 'fierce, ferocious'. It is thought by others that on the British Isles the surname Quade (and variants of it, such as Quaite, Quate and McQuade) is a Scottish/Irish patronymic name, derived from 'Mac Uaid' (the son of Walter). A connection between Quaites and the tribe of the Quadi is mentioned as a theoretical possibility, but there's no evidence of it.

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