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Origin and Meaning of Shad

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  • According to a user from United Kingdom, the name Shad is of Kurdish origin and means "Happy".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Shad
Any one of several species of food fishes of the Herring family. The American species (Alosa sapidissima formerly Clupea sapidissima), which is abundant on the Atlantic coast and ascends the larger rivers in spring to spawn, is an important market fish. The European allice shad, or alose (Alosa alosa formerly Clupea alosa), and the twaite shad (Alosa finta formerly Clupea finta), are less important species.

Note: ☞ The name is loosely applied, also, to several other fishes, as the gizzard shad (see under Gizzard), called also mud shad white-eyed shad, and winter shad.

Etymology: AS. sceadda a kind of fish, akin to Prov. G. schade; cf. Ir. & Gael. sgadan a herring, W. ysgadan herrings; all perhaps akin to E. skate a fish

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  1. Herring-like food fishes that migrate from the sea to fresh water to spawn
  2. Bony flesh of herring-like fish usually caught during their migration to fresh water for spawning; especially of Atlantic coast
Wiktionary

From Old English sceadd, either from Celtic (see Irish Gaelic sgadan (“herring”), Welsh ysgadan) or from Scandinavian (see dialectal Norwegian skadd (“small whitefish”).

  1. Any one of several species of food fishes that make up the genus Alosa in the family Clupeidae, to which the herrings also belong; river herring.

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How popular is the baby name Shad in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1940 5 0 5
1956 5 0 5
1958 6 0 6
1959 10 0 10
1960 7 0 7
1961 11 0 11
1962 10 0 10
1963 20 0 20
1964 30 0 30
1965 41 0 41
1966 47 0 47
1967 62 0 62
1968 64 0 64
1969 96 0 96
1970 175 0 175
1971 406 0 406
1972 381 0 381
1973 317 0 317
1974 316 0 316
1975 261 0 261
1976 199 0 199
1977 196 0 196
1978 180 0 180
1979 151 0 151
1980 118 0 118
1981 102 0 102
1982 97 0 97
1983 77 0 77
1984 52 0 52
1985 65 0 65
1986 49 0 49
1987 57 0 57
1988 60 0 60
1989 49 0 49
1990 54 0 54
1991 50 0 50
1992 62 0 62
1993 56 0 56
1994 67 0 67
1995 56 0 56
1996 55 0 55
1997 48 0 48
1998 45 0 45
1999 45 0 45
2000 53 0 53
2001 37 0 37
2002 38 0 38
2003 32 0 32
2004 32 0 32
2005 39 0 39
2006 30 0 30
2007 21 0 21
2008 37 0 37
2009 19 0 19
2010 14 0 14
2011 31 0 31
2012 18 0 18
2013 17 0 17
2014 20 0 20
2015 26 0 26
2016 15 0 15
2017 14 0 14

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Shad U.S.
  White 49.53% 64.26%
  African American 4.91% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 39.56% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.48% 16.26%

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Fun Facts about the name Shad

  • How Popular is the name Shad? Shad is the 3,919th most popular name of all time. As a last name Shad was the 35,582nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Shad have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,753 babies born with the first name Shad in the United States. That's more than enough people named Shad to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Shad? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1940 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Shad first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Shad is Friday, March 8th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Shad born? The highest recorded use of the first name Shad was in 1971 with a total of 406 babies.
  • Random Shad Factoid: According to the 1976 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Shad is not a popular baby boy's name in Illinois. Imagine that, only 9 babies in Illinois have the same name as you in 1976.
  • Weird things about the name Shad: Your name in reverse order is Dahs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Sadh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Shad? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 632 people with the last name Shad.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Shad? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Shad as their last name since less than 1 person in 476k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • 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).
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