Meaning and name origin
Jude \j(u)-de\ as a boy's 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.
There is 1 feminine form of Jude: Jody.
Jude is a somewhat popular first name for males (#1114 out of 1220, Top 91%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#2869 out of 88799, Top 3%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Jude for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Jude and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Jude (#162), Judah (#243), Thaddeus (#732), Judson (#960), Judd and Jody. (2014 statistics).
Jude is also pronounced similarly to Gide, Jade, Jaide, Jayde, Jed and Jedd. Other suggested similar baby names are Jada, Jodey, Jodi, Jodie, Jule and June. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jude.