Meaning and name origin
Jody \j(o)-dy\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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.
There is 1 feminine form of Jody: Jo.
Jody is a very popular first name for males (#432 out of 1220, Top 35%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#83279 out of 88799, Top 94%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Jody for boys. Jody reached its highest rank of #205 in the U.S. in 1970-1979 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Jody and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Joseph (#20), Jude (#162), Judah (#243), Jodie and Jody. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Jody▼ is also pronounced similarly to Jada. Other suggested similar baby names are Cody▲, Jade▼, Jed▼, Jedd, Joby, Joed, Joey▼, Jordy▼, Jory, Jud, Judd and Kody▼. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jody.