Shad Family History
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Shad Name Meaning
Muslim: from a personal name based on Arabic shad ‘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.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press