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What does Tad mean?

Tad Pronunciation of Tad as a boys' name is pronounced tad. It is of English origin, and the meaning of Tad is "heart". Short form of Thaddeus (Aramaic). "Tad" is also an American slang for "small". Tad is also an anglicized form of Gaelic Tadhg.


ASSOCIATED WITH small (little), gaelic



RELATIONS VIA TADHG, THADDEUS Taddeo, Tadeo, Tadio, Tadzio, Thady



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How popular is Tad?

Tad is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#935 out of 1220, Top 77%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Tad was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its apex position of #569 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, but is not found in the list at the moment. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tad name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Tad outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Prominent variation forms of Tad are Thaddeus (#710 FROM RECENT DATA), Tadeo (#837), Tadd, Tadhg and Thad. These relations of Tad reached the apex of their popularity during the years 1970-1979 (AVERAGE #1171) and are almost as popular today, but with the form Thad becoming somewhat dated. Thaddeus has historically been the top pick of parents, though Tadeo has gained in popularity.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tad, Tadd, Tadeo, Thad, Thaddeus in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Tadhg outside U.S.

Similar Names

Tad is alike in pronunciation to Ted, Tedd, Tod and Todd. Other recommended sound-alike names are Aad, Gad, Lad, Rad, Tab, Tadi, Taj, Tal, Tam, Tan, Tau, Tay and Taz. These names tend to be less frequently used than Tad.

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