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Meaning and Origin of: Shad

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Arabic : Survived

First name variations

Last name origin & meaning:

  • Muslim : from a personal name based on Arabic shād ‘happy’.
  • English : metonymic occupational name for a fisherman or fish seller, from Old English sceadd ‘shad’, a kind of fish. Reaney and Wilson note that during the Old English period there was a ‘shad season’, so it must have been of some economic importance.
  • Americanized spelling of German Schade.