In the Old Testament Gad is the name of the first son of Jacob and Zilpah (his wife Leah’s handmaid) and his seventh son overall, and is the founder of one of the Israelite tribes named after him. The name comes from Hebrew gad (גָּד) meaning “luck” which seems to derive from an unknown origin. Gad could also be used as a nickname for Gadiel meaning “luck of God” or God is my luck”.
Gad is also the name of a pan-Semitic god of fortune and seems to be related to the given name; perhaps the Gad in the Bible was named after this deity. Gad is also the name of a prophet or seer of King David
Gad also seems to be another Hebrew word for coriander.
Gad (جاد) is also an Arabic male name, the Egyptian form of Jad meaning “earnest, serious”.
Gad is also a Navajo word meaning “juniper (tree)”.
Origin: Hebrew via an uncertain etymology; Arabic; Navajo
Meaning: a Hebrew male name “luck”; an Arabic male name “serious, earnest”; also a Navajo word “juniper”
Usage: Hebrew, Arabic (Egyptian)
Pronunciation: gad or jad
- Gadiel (Hebrew)
- Jad (Arabic)