Meaning and Origin of: Jude

Meaning and Origin of Jude

Girl name origins & meanings

  • Hebrew : Praised

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Hebrew : Praised

What does Jude mean and stand for?

The name Jude is of Hebrew origin and means "praised." It is a variant of Judas, and was used in the New Testament to refer to the second Judas, Judas Iscariot.

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Family name origins & meanings

  • English, French, and German : from the vernacular form of the Hebrew personal name Yehuda ‘Judah’ (of unknown meaning). In the Bible, this is the name of Jacob’s eldest son. It was not a popular name among Christians in medieval Europe, because of the associations it had with Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Christ for thirty pieces of silver. Among Jews, however, the Hebrew name and its reflexes in various Jewish languages (such as Yiddish Yude) have been popular for generations, and have given rise to many Jewish surnames.
  • French : name for a Jew, Old French jude (Latin Iudaeus, Greek Ioudaios, from Hebrew Yehudi ‘member of the tribe of Judah’).
  • English : from a pet form of Jordan.

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Popularity

According to Social Security Administration data, Jude, has been fairly stagnant for the last few years, maintaining a spot between 150 and 160. Other than the last five years, Jude was increasing in popularity each year.

However, it is the 2nd most popular name on FamilyEducation.com.

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Jude was at its peak popularity in August 2020.

Originally connected with the traitorous Judas Iscariot, Jude now invokes more positive images of the famed actor Jude Law and the hit song "Hey Jude". Saint Jude is also a notable namesake, as he is the patron saint of lost causes. Kelsey Grammer also chose the name for his son. Jude has also made appearances in fictional works, including The Fosters, Jude the Obscure, One Tree Hill, and the Marvel comics.

Where is it Popular?

Jude was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Jude

  • Judy

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