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What does Jude mean?

Jude Pronunciation of Jude as a boys' name is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Jude is "praised". short form of Judas, a Greek form of Judah. Jude, a brother of James, wrote one of the shortest books in the Bible, the Book of Jude. Thomas Hardy wrote a novel named "Jude the Obscure" (1895). There is a Lennon and McCartney song "Hey Jude" (1968). Actor Jude Law.

ASSOCIATED WITH Ju-, greek, bible, law (just)


VARIANTS Jud, Judah, Judas, Judd, Judsen, Judson

SEE ALSO Jody, Thaddeus, Yehudi





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How popular is Jude?

Jude is a somewhat popular first name for males (#1114 out of 1220, Top 91%) and an even more popular surname for all people (#11595 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Jude was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its top position of #155 in the U.S. in 2011, and is presently at #156. (2015 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent related forms of Jude (#156 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) appearing in the Top 2000 are Jody, Judah (#235), Judd (#1498), Judson (#893) and Thaddeus (#703). Usage of these forms of Jude is well-received among parents today (ADOPTION OF 0.3%). Thaddeus is more widely used than the rest, though Judah has become trendy as well, while Jody used to be popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jude, Jody, Judah, Judd, Judson, Thaddeus in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Jude is alike in pronunciation to Gide, Jade, Jaide, Jayde, Jed, Jedd and Joed. Other recommended sound-alike names are Ade, Bede, Cade, Dade, Jace, Jada, Jaden, Jader, Jae, Jake, Jame, Jase, Jaye, Jere, Jobe, Jodey, Jodi, Jodie, Joe, Jose, Jove, Juan, Jul, Jule, Julee (see July), Jules, Juley, Juli, July, June, Jurek, Juri, Just, Juste, Kade, Quade and Wade. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jude.

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