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What does Jody mean?

Jody Pronunciation of Jody [jody] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Jody) is pronounced JOH-dee. It is of English origin. Nickname for Joseph (Hebrew) "Jehovah increases" and Jude. Literary: Jody is the young hero in Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Yearling". More likely a girl's name.

Associated with: hero, prize (gift).


Jody has 3 variants: Jodey, Jodi and Jodie.

Related boy name: Judah.

16 more relations via Joseph, Jude: Jo, Joey, Joop, Joos, Jose, Josef, Josep, Josif, Josip, Joss, Josue, Jozef, Jud, Judah, Judas and Judd.

1 feminine form: Jo.

Creative forms:
(male) Jode, Jondy, ..

(female) Jole, Joma, ..

Middle name pairings:
Jody Prince (J.P.), ..

How popular is Jody?

Jody is a very prominent first name for men (#432 out of 1220, Top 35%) and a slightly less prominent last name for all people (#94227 out of 150436, Top 63%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Jody entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its apex rank of #203 in the U.S. in the 1970s, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular related forms of Jody are Jo, Jodi, Jodie, Joey (#758 last year), Jose (#80), Josef (#1703), Joseph (#21), Josue (#271), Judah (#235), Judd (#1498) and Jude (#156). Other forms, like Joos, are uncommon. Adoption of these relations of Jody was more pronounced among parents 105 years ago (adoption of 2.78%) and has become much less since (adoption 1.19%, down 57.2%), with versions such as Joey becoming less stylish. Judah and Jude are two of the more contemporarily stylish birth names here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jody, Jo, Jodi, Jodie, Joey in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jose, Josef, Joseph, Josue, Judah in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Judd, Jude in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Joey, Josef, Joseph, Jude outside U.S.

Similar Names

Jody is pronounced similarly to Jada. Other recommended names are Addy, Andy, Ardy, Brody, Cody, Eddy, Gordy, Jacy, Jade, Jary, Jay, Jed, Jedd, Joab, Joao, Job, Jobe, Joby, Jock, Joe, Joed, Joel, John, Jon, Jona, Jonn, Jonny, Jordi, Jordy, Jordyn, Jorey, Jorg, Jori, Jorn, Jorry, Jory, Josh, Jove, Jovi, July, Kody, Mordy, Roddy, Rowdy, Rudy and Woody. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jody.