History of your Surname
Get access to Rad family records.Start a 14-Day Free Trial

Rad Family History

Rad Surname Meaning

Iranian: from Persian rād ‘bold brave’ also ‘skilful learned’ forming the second part (originally a suffix) of compound names such as Mahdavirad or Mahdavi Rad (see Mahdavi ). The surname may also be from the personal name Rād based on the same word. Compare Raad German: from a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name formed with rād rāt ‘advice counsel’. Hungarian (Rád): from the old personal name Rád from Old Slavic radъ ‘merry glad’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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 USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 25 Rad families living in London. This was about 36% of all the recorded Rad's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Rad families in 1891.
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 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Rad. 79% of Rad women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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 Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
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 UK 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 UK, 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

Browse profiles of historical people with the Rad last name

Search for another surname
Enter last name/surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial