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Quick Facts on Chad

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 667
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Chad

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Chad

Chad is the modern form of an Olde English personal name Ceadda. Although the origin is not entirely certain, most etymologists believe it was borrowed from the Celtic/Welsh word “cad” meaning "battle". Ceadda was borne by an early 7th century English saint, known more commonly by his modern English name Chad of Mercia (634-672). St. Chad was probably of mixed Anglo-Saxon-Celtic race. He trained under St. Aidan at a Celtic monastery in Lindisfarne remotely located in a far northeastern corner of England. Chad was eventually appointed the bishop of Mercia and, along with his brother, is largely credited with introducing Christianity to the kingdoms of Mercia and Lindsey. As a prominent and effective churchman, Chad was eventually canonized. He is the patron saint of Mercia and his feast day is March 2. Aside from Chad’s English origins, it is also the name of an African country. The Republic of Chad is located in the “dead heart of Africa”. Apparently the country of Chad got its name from Lake Chad meaning “large expanse of water” in the local dialect (as a landlocked country in a challenging climate, we could see why the natives might appreciate a large lake!). In this regard, Chad could also be considered a place name.

Popularity of the Name Chad

Although Ceadda is an ancient name in England, the modern variation of Chad did not jump the pond over to America until the latter half of the 20th century. Chad first appeared on the U.S. male naming charts in 1945 and within 25 years, he became a Top 100 favorite in America. Quite a triumphant entry! Chad’s glory days were during the 1970s and early 80s when he was often a Top 50 choice. The highest point Chad ever achieved on the charts was between 1972 and 1973 when he was the 25th most commonly used boy’s name in the country. Chad finally fell off the Top 100 list in 1991 and he’s been slipping in popularity ever since. No longer fashionable and trendy as he once was, Chad is now falling to levels at the lower end of moderation. We would categorize Chad as a “wealthy” sounding name. It makes us picture Chad with his friends Chip, Chet, Chauncey and Chase running around the halls of an all-boy’s highfalutin prep school before lacrosse practice. Yet the name is still classically handsome if a slightly bit pompous and WASP-y. It’s a simple, one-syllable intelligent sounding name. Some people might argue that Chad is…well, Chad is rad. So don’t “battle” with this one.
Popularity of the Boy Name Chad
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Chad

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Chad

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Chad

    Chad We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Chad.

  • Popular Songs on Chad

    Popular Songs on Chad

    Chad Valley - a song by Finley Quaye

    The Chad Who Loved Me - a song by Mansun

    The Stupid Chad - a song by Name Taken

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Chad

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Chad

    Belly Flop!: Mal and Chad (Stephen McCranie) - A time machine? Mal can build one with his eyes closed and one arm tied behind his back. His secret crush's birthday party? Gulp. A shrinking machine. Invisibility spray. If Mal can think it, he can build it. But there's one thing he can't seem to do: Get Megan to notice him. He gets his chance when he's invited to her birthday party. But destroying her cake and presents wasn't quite what Mal had in mind. Good thing the school's talent show is coming up! Megan will really be impressed when she sees Mal levitate for real and… uh-oh--cause a major blizzard?? Yikes! Who will go rescue Mal's talking dog best friend, Chad? Kids graduating from picture books or anxiously awaiting the next Ook and Gluk book will devour Stephen McCranie's laugh-out-loud series. Recommended for ages 8-11.

    Chad Checks: The Sound of Ch (Peg Ballard) - Simple text and repetition of the letters "ch" help readers learn how to use this sound. Recommended for ages 5-7.

    Chad in Pictures (Christine Zuchora-Walske) - An overview of Chad's geography and history, along with an exploration of the political, economic, and cultural landscape of this landlocked country in central Africa. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Chad the Allergic Chipmunk: A Children's Story of Nut Allergies (Nicole Smith) - Chad the Allergic Chipmunk helps children and adults learn about tree nut allergies and how to recognize an allergic reaction. Chad explains nut allergies in a way that parents, teachers, and children themselves can talk about allergies and understand them better. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Mal and Chad: Food Fight! (Stephen McCranie) - Mal is a kid genius with a talking dog…so why doesn't anyone seem to notice him? Poor Mal. It's not easy being a kid genius who wears a lab coat to school ("It's not a bathrobe!"). Megan, his not-so-secret crush, has formed a club that has a no-boys-allowed policy - especially not Mal, who would do anything to feel like he belongs. Fortunately, Mal always has Chad, his talking dog. When Chad begins having scary dreams, Mal builds a dream portal to defeat Chad's nightmare beast once and for all. Something goes wrong, though, and the beast follows Mal back to reality. Now Megan and her friends are in danger… but Mal is there to come to the rescue, showing that, just maybe, he's someone to pay attention to. With kid-friendly humor and a deft touch, Stephen McCranie continues his breakthrough series perfect for any kid who's one book away from either Big Nate or Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Recommended for ages 8-11.

    Mal and Chad: The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever! (Stephen McCranie) - Mal is a super kid genius and Chad is a talking dog, but no one knows it. What's it like to be so extraordinary and yet so invisible? Not even Megan, Mal's secret crush, has any idea that Mal is anything more than a dork. Fortunately, Mal and Chad are best friends with a penchant for adventure . . . even if the time-traveling does get them grounded by Mal's mom. Introducing the first in a series of illustrated chapter books by talented newcomer Stephen McCranie that are laugh-inducing, clever, and full of heart. Give this to any kid who's a reluctant reader or is just leaving picture books and be prepared to answer the question: "When can I read the next one?" Recommended for ages 8-11.

  • Famous People Named Chad

    Famous People Named Chad

    Famous People Named Chad - Chad Michael Murray (actor); Chad Kroeger (musician); Chad Smith (musician); Chad Hedrick (Olympic speed skater); Chad McQueen (actor); Chad Hurley (one of the creators of YouTube); Chad Ochocinco (football player); Chad Allen (actor); Chad Durbin (baseball player); Chad Henne (football player); Chad Pennington (football player); Chad Johnson (football player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Chad

    Children of Famous People Named Chad

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Chad - Steve McQueen (actor); Kim Richards (reality TV star)

  • Historic Figures

    Chad - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Chad - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Chad.

Personality of the Boy Name Chad

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Chad

  • No Variations Found.
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