This surname of QUADE is in Gaelic MAC UAID, meaning 'the son of Wat'. It is a well known name in County Monaghan and adjacent areas, and without the prefix MAC is found in County Limerick. The name as MacQUAID, Mac QUADE and Mac QUOAD appears frequently in the Hearth Money Rolls for County Monaghan and for County Armagh (1664-1667). Ireland is one of the earliest sources of the development of patronymic names in northern Europe. Irish Clan or bynames can be traced back to the 4th century B.C. and Mac (son of) and O (grandson or ancestor of) evolved from this base, the original literal meaning of which has been lost due to the absence of written records and linguistic ambivalences which subtly but inexorably became adopted through usage. Genealogists and lexographers accept that the patronymic base does not refer to a location, quite the contrary. The use of the prefix 'Bally' (town of) attaching to the base name, identifying the location. The base root was also adopted by people residing in the demographic area without a common ancestor. These groups called 'Septs' were specially prevalent in Ireland. The first Normans arrived in Ireland in the 12th and 13th centuries to form an alliance with the King of Leinster. Under Elizabeth I in the 16th century, settlers from England established themselves around Dublin, then under English control and Presbyterian Scots emigrated to Ulster, introducing English and Scottish roots. A notable member of the name was John Charles MacQUAID (1895-1973) the Irish prelate, born in Cootehill, County Cavan. He was educated in Cavan, Dublin and Rome, and was ordained priest in the Holy Ghost Fathers in 1924, becoming dean of studies in 1925, and then president in 1931, at his order's Blackrock College. He played the leading part in the Irish Bishop's successful opposition to a national health proposal, the Mother and Child Scheme of Dr. Noel Browne. He also banned attendance of Catholics at Trinity College, Dublin from 1944, being bitterly hostile to mixed religious education. He retired in 1972.
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