African, Battle/War, C names, Elements, Kanuri, Male, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Water


Chad is a male given name with two different etymologies. The first is that it comes from Old English Ceadda, a given name of unknown meaning though it could be derived from Welsh cad meaning “battle, army” via Proto-Celtic *katus (battle) derived from a PIE root word. Chad is also the name of a country in Africa, named after a lake. It comes from Kanuri tsade meaning “lake”. Chad is also a short form of Chadwick (Chad’s settlement) or any name beginning with Chad, or it could be used as a nickname for Charles (meaning “man”).

Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Kanuri (African)



  • Shad (English)
  • Ceadda (Anglo-Saxon, Old English)
  • Chadwick (English)
  • Chadley (English)
  • Chadwin (English)


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