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Chad Family History

Chad Name Meaning

English: from the personal name Chad, from the Old English personal name Ceadda, of unknown origin. St. Chad was a 7th-century archbishop of York. Indian (Gujarat): Hindu (Bhatia) name of unknown meaning.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Chard, Shad, Chadd, Char, Coad, Chand, Chao, Codd, Cham, Hoad

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Where is the Chad family from?

You can see how Chad families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chad family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Chad families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Chad families living in Indiana. This was 100% of all the recorded Chad's in USA. Indiana had the highest population of Chad families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Chad surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Chad ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Chad. 56% of Chad men worked as a Farmer and 60% of Chad women worked as a New Worker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Chad were Moulder and Secretary. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    56%
  • Laborer
    23%
  • Moulder
    23%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • New Worker
    60%
  • Secretary
    40%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Chad. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chad census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 491 immigration records available for the last name Chad. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Chad. For the veterans among your Chad ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Chad lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Chad life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Chad in 1961 was 44, and 85 in 2004.

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