Where was I?
Oh, yes. Wade the sea-giant. He was a guardian of fords, a ferryman, a coastal dweller. He is reputed to have *ahem* waded the straits between Denmark and Sweden or someplace, with his son held over his head. The question I asked myself this morning was, Does Wade get his name from his wading, or does the verb wade come from the legendary activity of the giant? (To be all high-falutin' and onomastic about it, is Wade an aptronym or is wade an eponym?)
I did a quick internet search, and I find that OE wadan means "to wade, or to force oneself through resisting forces." It is related to wæd, which means "ford." So apparently, the giant is named for his most famous activity, and not the other way around.
I'm glad we got that cleared up.