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What does Judah mean?

Judah Pronunciation of Judah as a boys' name is pronounced JOO-dah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Judah is "praised". Biblical: Judah was the fourth of Jacob's 12 sons. Judas, the Greek form of Judah, is very rarely used, due to the infamy of Judas Iscariot. Also form of Yehudi.


ASSOCIATED WITH biblical, greek


VARIANTS Jody, Jud, Judd, Jude

(male) Jedah, ..

(female) Jura, ..

Judah Azriel (J.A.), ..

How popular is Judah?

Judah is an unusual first name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#22011 out of 150436, Top 15%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Judah was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its peak rank of #202 in the U.S. in 2018. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of Judah (#202 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) are Jody, Judd (#1700) and Jude (#157). Usage of these relations of Judah is at its peak presently (MEDIAN #1014). Jude is more familiar than the rest, although Judah appears to be becoming a favorite too, while Jody is no longer trendy.

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

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

Similar Names

Judah is alike in pronunciation to Jada, Jedaiah, Jediah, Jodey, Jodi and Jodie. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Jarah, Jerah, Jonah, Juan, Jubal and Juwan. These names tend to be more frequently used than Judah.

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