This surname KADE was a Russian and Ashkenazic Jewish nickname, meaning 'one with curly hair'. The name was originally derived from the Polish word KEDZIOR (curl). The name has numerous variant spellings which include KADAR, KEDZIOR, KEDZIAK, KUDLA, KUDLIK, KUDELSKI and KUDRNAC, to name but a few. Russian surnames are almost exclusively patronymic (occasionally metronymic) in form, usually ending in 'ov' or 'ev'. Habitation and topographic names are rare, and many common Russian surnames are polygenetic, and their literal meaning is clear, even though the reason for their adoption may not be. A notable member of the name was Janos KADAR (1912-89) the Hungarian politician, born in Kapoly in south-west Hungary. He began life as an instrument maker and was early attracted to the Communist party. During World War II he was a member of the central committee of the underground party, escaping capture by the Gestapo. He emerged after the war as first party secretary and one of the leading figures of the Communist regime. The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. Heraldry appeared later in Russia than in most other Western European countries. It is generally agreed that it was copied from the west sometime in the late 17th century, and quickly achieved state significance. In 1722 Emperor Peter I (The Great) established an official Heraldry Office headed by a Master of Heraldry under the jurisdiction of the Senate. American surnames comprise of surnames found in every country throughout the world, many with differences in spelling not seen in the old country due to the inability of clerks and Government officials to record correctly the names given them by unschooled immigrants not familiar with the English, French, German, Portugese, Dutch or Spanish languages currently used in the Port of entry or the part of the country where they settled. When an immigrant arriving in America with little knowledge of English gave his name verbally to the officials, it was written down by them as they heard it, and being thereby 'official' it was often accepted by the immigrant himself as the correct American rendering of his name.
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