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What does Rudy mean?

Rudy Pronunciation of Rudy [rudy] as a boys' name is pronounced ROO-dee. Short form of Rudolph and other Rud- names. Singer Rudy Vallee; fashion designer Rudi Gernreich; New York City mayor Rudy Giulani.


Rudy has 3 variants: Rudee, Rudelle and Rudi.

4 more related forms via Rudi, Rudolph: Rolf, Rudey, Rudie and Rudolf.

1 feminine form: Rudi.

Creative forms:
(male) Raddy, Rady, ..

(female) Ruda, Rudys, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rudy Alejandro (R.A.), ..

How popular is Rudy?

Rudy is a very prominent first name for males (#359 out of 1220, Top 29%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#4473 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Rudy reached its highest rank of #253 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, and is at #868 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Rolf, Rudolf and Rudolph are the prominent varying forms of Rudy (#868 the previous year). Other variants, like Rudie, are seldom used. These relations of Rudy were at the peak of their popularity 95 years ago (median #690) and are now much less conventional (#1717, down 90.7%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rudy, Rolf, Rudolf, Rudolph in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rudy and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Rudy is pronounced similarly to Roddy, Rodeo and Rowdy. Other recommended names are Addy, Andy, Ardy, Buddy, Cody, Cuddy, Eddy, Jody, Kody, Lundy, Rad, Radd, Radly, Ramy, Randy, Ray, Redd, Redly (see Redley), Remy, Rey, Ridly (see Ridley), Rod, Rodd, Rory, Roy, Rube, Rubi, Ruby, Rudd, Ruel, Rugby, Rune, Rush, Russ, Rusty and Ruy. These names tend to be less frequently used than Rudy.