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Gender: Male Origin of Tad: Diminutive of Thaddeus Meaning of Thaddeus: Aramaic, meaning unclear, possibly from Theodore, "gift of God"

The name Tad is a boy's name . Tad and is often added to lists like Vintage Nicknames for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

From the experts:

More than a tad meager.

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Famous People Named Tad

Thomas "Tad" Lincoln, son of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln
Robert Paul "Tad" Williams, American fantasy and science fiction novelist
Tad Doyle, American musician of grunge band Tad
Thomas Aloysius "Tad" Dorgan, American cartoonist
Tad Kubler, American guitarist of band The Hold Steady
Tad Mosel, American playwright
Tad Stones, American Disney animator
Tad Hilgenbrink, American actor
Tad Danielewski, Polish-American film director

Pop Culture References for the name Tad

"Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!" 2004 movie
Thaddeus "Tad" James Martin, character in soap "All My Children"
Wayne Terrance "Tad" Reeves, character on Australian soap "Neighbours"

Tade, Thad, Tadey, Taddy, Tadek, Tadd

Tad's International Variations

Tadeo, Taddeo (Spanish) Thadeo (Italian)


livialucille Says:


This name is so adorable. The shortness doesn't bother me at all, and I don't love any of the full names it can be a nickname for. Since there's just been a berrybaby named Eliza Kit, Tad could at least go comfortably in a middle spot.

Mary Thurlow Says:


Love these one syllable boy's names: Tad, Joss, Red, & Tex.

Jo Jo Says:


This is one of my favorite boy names, though I'm biased since it's the name of my dad and cousin, both good namesakes.

With a playground of Jack's and Sam's and Max's, I can absolutely see Tad there, too.

EW314 Says:


I actually like the brevity of this name. Yes, it's short, but that strong final -d makes it feel complete.

As a diminutive for Thaddeus, I much prefer Tad over Thad. Thad sounds a bit "frat boy" to me.