Meaning and name origin
Chad \chad\ as a boy's 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 popular first name for males (#121 out of 1220, Top 10%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#47970 out of 88799, Top 54%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Chad for boys. Chad reached its highest rank of #30 in the U.S. in 1970-1979. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Chad and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Charles (#51), Chad (#703), Chadwick, Chadrick and Chadd. (2014 statistics).
Chad is also pronounced similarly 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.