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.
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).