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What does Buddy mean?

Buddy Pronunciation of Buddy [bud-dy] as a name for boys is of English derivation, and the meaning of the name Buddy is "brother". Buddy is a version of Bud (English).


VARIANTS Buddie, Buddey


(male) Budry, Burdy, ..

(female) Budda, Buddyn, ..

Buddy Bryden (B.B.), ..

How popular is Buddy?

Buddy is a very prominent first name for males (#586 out of 1220, Top 48%) and a slightly less prominent surname for both adults and children (#86992 out of 150436, Top 58%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Buddy entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its peak position of #233 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, but is not ranked at the moment. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Buddie, Budd and Bud are the prominent varying forms of Buddy. Usage of these relations of Buddy was widespread during the years 1930-1939 (AVERAGE #902), but now, versions such as Bud have gone out of style.

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

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

Similar Names

Buddy is alike in pronunciation to Beda, Bodey, Bodhi and Bodie. Other suggested similar names are Addy, Brady, Broddy, Brody, Bucky, Burty, Busby, Buzzy, Cuddy, Eddy, Laddy, Lundy, Maddy, Neddy, Paddy, Roddy, Rudy and Teddy. These names tend to be less frequently used than Buddy.

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