Meaning and Name Origin
Jody \j(o)-dy\ 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.
For more information, see also the related boy name Judah.
Jody▼ has 46 more related variations via Joseph, Jude: Che, Giuseppe▼, Giuseppino, Iosef, Iosep, Iosif, Iosip, Jessop, Jessup, Jo, Joey▼, Joop, Joos, Jose, Josef▼, Joseito, Joselito, Josep, Josephe, Josephus, Josif, Josip, Joss, Josue▲, Joszef, Jozef, Jud, Judah▲, Judas, Judd, Judsen, Judson▼, Osip, Pepe, Pepito, Peppi, Pino, Pipo, Sepp, Seppi, Yousef▲, Yusif, Yussuf, Yusuf▲, Yusup and Yuszef.
Jody has 1 feminine form: Jo.
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 (#83279 out of 88799, Top 94%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Jody for boys. Jody entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its apex rank of #205 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Jody and corresponding names. Popular related forms of Jody ranked in the Top 1000 are Giuseppe, Jodie, Joey (#686 last year), Jose (#76), Josef, Joseph (#20), Josephus, Josue (#269), Judah (#243), Judd, Jude (#162), Judson (#960), Yousef (#766) and Yusuf (#589). Usage of these boy names is at its peak presently, except for versions such as Giuseppe, Jodie, Jody, Joey and Josef which have become somewhat outmoded. The most trendy birth names in this compilation are Josue (#269), Judah (#243), Jude (#162), Yousef (#766) and Yusuf (#589), with Jude going through a resurgence in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)