Meaning and Name Origin
Bud \bud\ as a boys' name is pronounced bud. It is of English origin, and the meaning of Bud is "brother". Nickname used since medieval times, and modern slang and short form for "buddy" or "brother". It can also refer to a sprouting plant or a young boy. Also possibly from Scotish Gaelic "a bhodaich", meaning "old man". Actor Buddy Ebsen; comedians Bud Abbott, and Buddy Hackett.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Buxton.
Bud is a somewhat popular first name for men (#951 out of 1220, Top 78%) and also a somewhat popular surname for both adults and children (#74547 out of 88799, Top 84%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Bud for boys. Bud reached its highest position of #270 in the U.S. then, but is not in the list currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Bud and affiliated names. Budd, Buddie and Buddy are the prominent related forms of Bud. Usage of these boy names reached its peak during the years 1930-1939 and has become much lower since, with the versions Bud and Buddy becoming less trendy. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)