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What does Bud mean?

Bud Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: medieval, modern, plant (tree), gaelic, old.


Bud has 4 variants: Budd, Buddey, Buddie and Buddy.

Affiliated boy name: Buxton.

Creative forms:
(male) Bodd, Burd, ..

(female) Buta, Bute, ..

Middle name pairings:
Bud Ken (B.K.), ..

How popular is Bud?

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 (#127948 out of 150436, Top 85%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Bud was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its highest position of #270 in the U.S. then, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bud name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bud outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Budd, Buddie and Buddy are the prominent related forms of Bud rated in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Bud was well-received among parents 85 years ago (usage of 0.1%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bud, Budd, Buddie, Buddy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bud and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Bud is pronounced similarly to Bede, Bid, Boid, Boyd and Boyde. Another suggested similar name is Jud. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bud.

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