History of your Surname
Get access to Rad family records.Start a free trial

Rad Family History

Rad Name Meaning

Muslim: variant of Raad. German: from a short form of a Germanic personal name formed with rad, rat ‘advice’, ‘counsel’. Hungarian (Rád): from the old secular personal name Rád, from Slavic Rad ‘joyful’ (see Rada).

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


Similar surnames: Radi, Rado, Rada, Rau, Rand, Ras, Raad, Ram, Gad, Ray

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Rad family from?

You can see how Rad families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rad family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rad families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Rad family living in Alabama. This was about 50% of all the recorded Rad's in the USA. Alabama and 1 other state had the highest population of Rad families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rad surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Rad ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rad. 30% of Rad men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Rad women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rad were Farm Laborer and Stenographer.

View Census data for Rad | Data not to scale

*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
    30%
  • Laborer
    24%
  • Truck Driver
    12%
  • Farm Laborer
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    34%
  • Laborer
    34%
  • Stenographer
    34%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Rad family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Rad. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rad census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Rad

Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Rad. 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.

View all Rad immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 558 military records available for the last name Rad. For the veterans among your Rad ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Rad military records

You've only scratched the surface of Rad family history.

Discover More

What is the average Rad lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Rad life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Rad in 1963 was 79, and 55 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Rad

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Rad family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial