What does Judith mean?
Judith \j(u)-di-th\ as a girls' name is pronounced JOO-dith. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Judith is "from Judea; Jewish". Biblical name. In the Apocrypha, Judith is a Jewish heroine who incited the Hebrew army to victory over the Assyrians. Actress Dame Judith Anderson; movie critic Judith Crist; chess player Judit Polgar.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Yudit.
Judith has 1 masculine form: Yehudi.
Judith is a very prominent first name for females (#64 out of 4276, Top 1%) and a slightly less prominent surname for all people (#142819 out of 150436, Top 95%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Judith for girls. Judith reached its peak rank of #8 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, and is currently at #952. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Prominent varying forms of Judith (#952 in 2014) are Judy, Judie, Judi, Jody and Jodie. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.617%) and are now significantly less widespread (usage 0.008%, down 98.7%), with the forms Judith, Jodie, Jody, Judi and Judy falling out of style. Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Judith and related names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)