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What does Chad mean?

Chad Pronunciation of 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. Also form of Charles.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, modern, medieval, saint, surnames


VARIANTS Chaddie, Chadd, Chadric, Chadrick, Chadwick



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How popular is Chad?

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)

Chad entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its highest rank of #30 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, and is at #897 currently. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular related forms of Chad (#897 THE PREVIOUS YEAR) ranked in the Top 2000 are Charles (#52), Chadd, Chadrick and Chadwick. These forms of Chad were popular as birth names a century ago (ADOPTION OF 4.3%) and have become significantly less common since (ADOPTION 0.4%, 91.1%), with forms like Chadwick going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Chad, Chadd, Chadrick, Chadwick, Charles in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Chad is alike in pronunciation to Shad, Shadd and Shade. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Aad, Abad, Ahmad, Amad, Asad, Brad, Cade, Cahan, Cai, Cal, Cam, Cap, Card, Caw, Caz, Ced, Chace, Chai, Chaim, Champ, Chan, Chand, Chane, Chang, Chann, Chano, Chany, Chap, Chaps, Chas, Chase, Chayo, Chaz, Chazz, Che, Chet, Chic, Chik, Chip, Cian, Cid, Claud, Clay, Cord, Cram, Cyd, Czar, Fahad, Fuad, Gad, Imad, Lad, Mead, Ohad, Rad, Read, Saad, Tad, Thad and Vlad. These names tend to be less commonly used than Chad.