Jude: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Jude

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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Related Names:

Jody, Judah

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Comments and insights on the name Jude: | Edit

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.

Personal experiences with the name Jude: | Edit

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!

Nicknames for Jude: | Edit

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

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 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

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 Jude Thaddeus.
Jude Drouin, NHL hockey player

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"

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