What does Jude mean?
Jude \j(u)-de\ 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.
Jude has 1 more different form via Judah: Jody▼.
Jude has 1 feminine form: Jody.
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. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Jude for boys. Jude was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its top position of #155 in the U.S. in 2011, and is presently at #162. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Jude and related names. Prominent related forms of Jude (#162 the previous year) appearing in the Top 1000 are Jody, Judah (#243 the previous year), Judd, Judson (#960) and Thaddeus (#732). Usage of these boy names reached its peak during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.3195%) and has remained as widespread to this day (usage 0.3172%, down 0.7%), but with the versions Jody, Judson and Thaddeus becoming less in vogue. Judah (#243) and Jude (#162) are two of the more trendy boy names among these, with Jude undergoing a revival in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Jude is alike in pronunciation to Gide, Jade▼, Jaide, Jayde, Jed▼ and Jedd. Other recommended similar baby names are Jada, Jodey, Jodi, Jodie▼, Jule▼ and June▼. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jude.