Shad name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Shad mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Shad

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  1. 4 people from all over the world agree the name Shad is of Kurdish origin and means "Happy".
  2. According to a user from Iraq, the name Shad means "I'm a kurd and my name is shad, the word shad means happy ".
  3. A submission from Florida, U.S. says the name Shad means "Happy go lucky".
  4. A user from Wisconsin, U.S. says the name Shad means "Powerful, inspirational , Strong , creative ,".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Shad
Any one of several species of food fishes of the Herring family. The American species (Alosa sapidissima formerly Clupea sapidissima), which is abundant on the Atlantic coast and ascends the larger rivers in spring to spawn, is an important market fish. The European allice shad, or alose (Alosa alosa formerly Clupea alosa), and the twaite shad (Alosa finta formerly Clupea finta), are less important species.

Note: ☞ The name is loosely applied, also, to several other fishes, as the gizzard shad (see under Gizzard), called also mud shad white-eyed shad, and winter shad.

Etymology: AS. sceadda a kind of fish, akin to Prov. G. schade; cf. Ir. & Gael. sgadan a herring, W. ysgadan herrings; all perhaps akin to E. skate a fish

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Herring-like food fishes that migrate from the sea to fresh water to spawn
  2. Bony flesh of herring-like fish usually caught during their migration to fresh water for spawning; especially of Atlantic coast

Old English sceadd, either from Celtic (see Irish Gaelic sgadan (“herring”), Welsh ysgadan) or from Scandinavian (see dialectal Norwegian skadd (“small whitefish”).

  1. Any one of several species of food fishes that make up the genus Alosa in the family Clupeidae, to which the herrings also belong; river herring.
  2. (South Africa) The bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix.

Notable Persons Named Shad

Notable Persons Named Shad

Shad Moss

Shad Moss is a hip hop music television host, rapping, and actor. His ongoing career started in 1993. Shad was given the name Shad Gregory Moss on March 9th, 1987 in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. Shad is also known as Lil' Bow Wow.

Shad Gaspard

Shad Gaspard is a wrestler. Shad was born on January 13th, 1981 in Brooklyn.


Shad is an alternative hip hop rapping and presenter. He plays Guitar and Vocals. He has had major accomplishments since 2005. Shad was given the name Shadrach Kabango on July 18th, 1982 in Kenya. Shad is also known as Shad K..

Shad Saleem Faruqi

Shad Saleem Faruqi is an emeritus professor of law & legal advisor. Shad was born Shad Saleem Faruqi on November 17th, 1946 in New Delhi.

Shad Meier

Shad Meier is a football player for the Tennessee Titans and New Orleans Saints. His most notable accomplishments were from 2001 to 2005. Shad was born on June 7th, 1978 in St. Louis.

Shad Barry

Shad Barry was a baseball player. Shad was born on October 27th, 1878 in Newburgh (city), New York. He died on November 27th, 1936.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Shad

Notable Persons With the Last Name Shad


Shad is an alternative hip hop rapping and presenter. He plays Guitar and Vocals. He has had major accomplishments since 2005. Shad was given the name Shadrach Kabango on July 18th, 1982 in Kenya. Shad is also known as Shad K..

Bob Shad

Bob was born on February 12th, 1920. He left this life on March 13th, 1985.

Yukuk Shad

He passed away in 653.

Atta Shad

Atta Shad was a ghazal and nazm poet, critics, and critic. Atta was given the name Mohammad Ishaque on November 1st, 1939 in Singanisir, Kech , Balochistan. He left this life on February 13th, 1997.

Saman Shad

Saman Shad is a writer and playwright. novellist. Saman was born in Karachi, Pakistan.

Ashraf Shad

Ashraf was born in 1946.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shad U.S.
  White 49.53% 64.26%
  African American 4.91% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 39.56% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.48% 16.26%

Of Last Name Shad

People with the last name Shad are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Shad

  • How Popular is the name Shad? Shad is the 4,009th most popular name of all time. As a last name Shad was the 35,582nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Shad have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,780 babies born with the first name Shad in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shad to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Shad? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1940 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Shad first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shad is Friday, March 8th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Shad born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shad was in 1971 with a total of 406 babies.
  • Random Shad Factoid: According to the 1977 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shad is not a popular baby boy's name in Missouri. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Missouri have the same name in 1977.
  • Weird things about the name Shad: The name spelled backwards is Dahs. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Sdha. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shad? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 632 people with the last name Shad.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shad? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Shad as their last name since less than 1 person in 476k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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