What does Chad mean?
Chad \chad\ as a boys' name is pronounced chad. It is of Old English origin. Modern spelling of the medieval given name Ceadda, borne by a seventh-century saint who was Archbishop of York. Also a short form of various surnames. Actors Chad Everett, Chad Lowe; football players Chad Morton, Chad Pennington.
For more information, see also the related boy name Charles.
Chad is a very prominent first name for men (#121 out of 1220, Top 10%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#42830 out of 150436, Top 28%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Chad for boys. Chad entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its highest rank of #30 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, and is at #703 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Chad and affiliated names. Popular related forms of Chad (#703 the previous year) ranked in the Top 1000 are Charles (#51 the previous year), Chadwick, Chadrick and Chadd. These boy names were at the apex of their popularity during 1970-1979 (usage of 0.5664%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.2492%, down 56%), with the forms Chad and Chadwick becoming less in vogue. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Chad▼ is alike in pronunciation to Shad, Shadd and Shade. Other suggested similar baby names are Cade, Ced, Chai, Chan, Chand, Chap, Chas▼, Chaz▼, Chet▼, Cid, Cyd, Ohad and Thad▼. These names tend to be less commonly used than Chad.