What does Bud mean?
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 information, 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 (#127948 out of 150436, Top 85%). (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 Top 1000 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Bud and affiliated names. Budd, Buddie and Buddy are the prominent related forms of Bud rated in the Top 1000. Usage of these boy names reached its peak during the years 1930-1939 (usage of 0.3215%) and has become much lower since, with the versions Bud and Buddy becoming less trendy. (2014 Birth Statistics)