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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 "Change two letters (5 names)".

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More than a tad meager.

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Famous People Named Tad

Pop Culture References for the name Tad

Tade, Thad, Tadey, Taddy, Tadek, Tadd

Tad's International Variations

Tadeo, Taddeo (Spanish) Thadeo (Italian)

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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.