Jude: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Jude


Pronunciation: JOOD (key)

This name has a pioneer style and a strong religious heritage that give it impressive gravity. It also has a zippy sound that keeps it unpretentious. The one other choice with that same style combo is Luke, a soaring hit name. Jude is an uncommon alternative with breakout potential. See also: Judah.

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Jody, Judah

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St. Jude was originally called Judas Thaddeus. It was shortened to Jude by English translators of the New Testament so that he wouldn't be confused with the other Judas (Judas Iscariot - the one who betrayed Jesus). Most versions of the bible other than English and French refer to Judas and Jude by the same name.

Jude came into use as a unisex name in the 1600s in England during the Protestant Reformation. It is thought to have originated as a shortened form of Judah/Judas and of Judith. Though rare at the time, it was used almost equally for males and females until the mid 1800s, when it started to lean male. The name was used infrequently throughout history until very recently. Over the last two decades, usage has picked up dramatically for males due to the influence of celebrity Jude Law. Usage for females is increasing as well.

My ten month old's name is Jude, for The Beatles. I love music, and I wanted his name to reflect that, so his name Jude Morrison, for The Beatles and The Doors.

Love this name for a boy! I personally think the name is too short and choppy sounding for a girl. Save the name Jude for the dudes.

Personal experiences with the name Jude: | Edit

A sleek, simple yet feminine choice.

Very nice name for a boy or girl.

My 5-year-old daughter is named Jude. We've only met one or two other female Judes. It is unique, spunky and subdued all at once. The perfect name for her.

my older (30's) brother is named Jude and he hates the surge in popularity because he has always loved being the only Jude...most people do not even know his last name. For the record he was named after the Saint, not The Beatles song.

My 3-year-old son (born in 2009) is named Jude and we have gotten overall really positive feedback on his name. I am not a Beatles fan necessarily, but I don't mind the connection to the song. We liked that it was a Biblical name but not very common. His middle name is Patrick, so 2 saints names (which was a coincidence, Patrick is a family name and just sounded good with Jude). I am very happy with the choice we made for his name!

I know two young boys named Jude. One was named for the Beatles song "Hey Jude" and one because of Jude the apostle.

Nicknames for Jude: | Edit

Jay, Jake, Jack
Joe, Joey
Judy (affectionately as a mom), JuJu, Jay, Jules, Jools,
Jude the Dude, Dude, Duder
Juder, Juderbug
Jake, Jack, Jock

Hey folks -- this name is so great, it doesn't need a nickname!

Meanings and history of the name Jude: | Edit

Shortened version of Hebrew name Judah/Judas which means "praise." Jude was one of the 12 apostles in the Bible (also called Judas, but not the Judas Iscariot who betrayed Christ); presumed to have written the book of the Bible called Jude.

Read more on Jude, Judah and Judas: http://www.babynamewizard.com/archives/2010/1/hey-judas

Famous real-life people named Jude: | Edit

David Jude Law, Actor
St. Jude, miraculous saint of hopeless causes. One of the twelve apostles in the New Testament; he is also known as Thaddeus, or Judas Thaddeus.
Jude Drouin, NHL hockey player
River Jude Phoenix, American actor
Michael Jude Christodal, American singer-songwriter

Jude in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Hey Jude" is a Beatles song recorded in 1968.
Jude Feeny is a character in the 2007 movie "Across the Universe."
Jude Fawley, character in Thomas Hardy's novel "Jude the Obscure."
Jude is the name of one of the Episles of the New Testament
Jude is the son of Brooke Penelope Davis Baker and Julian Andrew Baker in "One Tree Hill"
Jude Jacob one of the children in "The Fosters"
Jude the Entropic Man, character in Marvel Comics
male Canadian rock band The Judes
Ten Thousand Saints is a 2015 American drama film starring Asa Butterfield as Jude Keffy-Horn
Jude Lizowski is a fictional male character in the animated Canadian sitcom 6teen
Jude is a 2004 young-readers' novel by Kate Morgenroth about a boy named Jude
Jude's Music is a book by Sarah Quinn about a boy named Jude
Jude's Moon – April 1, 2014 - by Nancy Guettier is a book about a little boy named Jude

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