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)