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Meaning and name origin

Bud \bud\ as a boy's 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.


Bud has 4 variant forms: Budd, Buddey, Buddie and Buddy.

For more information, see also the related boy name Buxton.


Bud is a somewhat popular first name for males (#951 out of 1220, Top 78%) and also a somewhat popular surname or last name for all people (#74547 out of 88799, Top 84%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Bud for boys. Bud reached its highest rank of #270 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Bud name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Bud and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Buddy, Buddie, Budd and Bud. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 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 also pronounced similarly to Bede, Bid, Boid and Boyd. Other suggested similar baby names are Bat, Beda and Jud. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bud.