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At first glance, the baby name Shad looks a lot like the masculine name Chad. And it's entirely possible that it became popular during the 1970s because Chad was a top 100 baby name at the time. However, some people believe it's derived from a biblical name, while others believe it's a word name. Whatever the case, Shad makes a great short, sweet, and simple given name, as well as a cool middle name for baby boys.

Meaning of the name Shad:

English: Battle
Akkadian: Command of Aku
American: Fish, boat

Origin of the name Shad:

Shad is a name that has multiple potential origin stories. One theory is that it's a take on the name Chad. Chad is most likely derived from the Old English given name Ceadda, which means battle. Another theory is that Shad is derived from the Biblical name Shadrach. In this case, it would mean “command of Aku.” Finally, Shad is also the name of a fish and a boat, so it's possibly a vocabulary word name.

Symbolism of the name Shad:

Shad's symbolism largely depends on which origin story you like best. As a take on Chad, new parents may choose it hoping their baby boys grow up to become strong and brave like warriors at battle. Parents of faith may find symbolism in its potential biblical origins. Those who enjoy boating, fishing, or the outdoors may find symbolism in it as a word name.

Style of the name Shad:

Modern

Gender of the name Shad:

Shad is a boy's baby name.

Pronunciation of the name Shad:

SHAD

Number of syllables in the name Shad:

One

Emotion evoked from the name Shad:

The baby name Shad evokes images of someone who is outgoing and a great public speaker. He enjoys performing for a crowd.

Alternative spellings for the name Shad:

  • Shadd

Nicknames for the name Shad:

  • Shady
  • Shadow

Popularity of the name Shad:

According to the Social Security Administration, Shad was a top 1,000 baby name for boys in the United States between 1967 and 1982. It was most popular in 1972 when it ranked at number 402. It last ranked at number 911 in 1982.

Related names for the name Shad:

Great middle names for Shad and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Shad:

  • Shad (rapper)
  • Shad Barry (baseball player)
  • Shad Meier (football player)
  • Shad Gregory Moss (rapper)
  • Shad Royston (rugby player)

Shad in popular culture:

  • Shadin the “The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess” video game)