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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Gad
  1. The point of a spear, or an arrowhead.
  2. A pointed or wedge-shaped instrument of metal, as a steel wedge used in mining, etc."I will go get a leaf of brass, And with a gad of steel will write these words." [Shak.]
  3. A sharp-pointed rod; a goad.
  4. A spike on a gauntlet; a gadling.
  5. A wedge-shaped billet of iron or steel.(Obs)"Flemish steel . . . some in bars and some in gads." [Moxon.]
  6. A rod or stick, as a fishing rod, a measuring rod, or a rod used to drive cattle with.(Prov. Eng. Local, U.S)

Etymology: OE. gad, Icel. gaddr goad, sting; akin to Sw. gadd sting, Goth. gazds, G. gerte switch. See Yard a measure

verb Gad
To walk about; to rove or go about, without purpose; hence, to run wild; to be uncontrolled.

Etymology: Prob. fr. gad (n.), and orig. meaning to drive about

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A sharp prod fixed to a rider's heel and used to urge a horse onward
  2. An anxiety disorder characterized by chronic free-floating anxiety and such symptoms as tension or sweating or trembling or lightheadedness or irritability etc that has lasted for more than six months
  3. Wander aimlessly in search of pleasure

Old Testament Hebrew גד (gad, “luck”), a son of Jacob.

  1. The seventh son of Jacob, by his wife's handmaid Zilpah.
  2. One of the Israelite tribes mentioned in the Torah, descended from Gad.
  3. A male given name
  4. A surname​.

Gad was also found in the following language(s): Spanish

Notable Persons Named Gad

Gad Elmaleh is an actor and comedian. His most notable accomplishments were from 1994 to present. Gad was born on April 19th, 1971 in Casablanca.


Gad Saad is a non-fiction professor. Gad was born on October 13th, 1964 in Lebanon.


Gad Tsobari is a wrestler.


Gad Elbaz is a jewish music, music of asia, pop music, and rock music musician. He plays Vocals and beatboxing. He was most active from 1986 to present. Gad was given the name Gad Gaston Elbaz on August 20th, 1982 in Rehovot.


Gad Beck was an educator, activist, and author. His most notable accomplishments were from 1947 to 2012. Gad was given the name Gerhard Beck on June 30th, 1923 in Berlin. Gad is also known as Beck and Gerhard. He left this life on June 24th, 2012.


Gad was born on May 19th, 1922. He passed away on January 28th, 2000.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Gad

Josh Gad is an actor, comedian, and singer. He was most active from 2002 to present. Josh was given the name Joshua Ilan Gad on February 23rd, 1981 in Hollywood, Florida.


Toby Gad is a pop music, rock music, rhythm, blues, and dance music record producer, songwriter, and musician. He plays Piano, Guitar, Bass guitar, and Programming (music). His most notable accomplishments were from 1986 to 1986. Toby was given the name Tobias Gad on April 12th, 1968 in Munich.


Jens Gad is a pop music, new-age music, rock music, and electronic dance music record producer, songwriter, and musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1986 to present. Jens was born on August 26th, 1966 in Munich, Germany.


Pablo Gad is a reggae, roots reggae, and dub music musician. He was most prominent from 1977 to 1977.


Emma was given the name Emma Halkier on January 21st, 1852. She left this life on January 8th, 1921.


Hyakinthos was born on February 2nd, 1912. He breathed his last breath on January 30th, 1975.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gad U.S.
  White 81.00% 64.26%
  African American 2.33% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 10.49% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.08% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gad

People with the last name Gad are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Gad

  • How Popular is the name Gad? Gad is the 39,019th most popular name of all time. As a last name Gad was the 27,950th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Gad have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 85 babies born with the first name Gad in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gad to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gad? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1987 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Gad first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gad is Thursday, March 13th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Gad born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gad was in 2016 with a total of 10 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Gad: Your name in reverse order is Dag. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Agd. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gad? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 858 people with the last name Gad.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gad? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Gad as their last name since less than 1 person in 345k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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