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Gender: M Meaning of Jude: "praised" Origin of Jude: Latin diminutive of Judah Jude's Popularity in 2013: #162

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Jude is an example of a name whose image was turned on its head primarily by one appealing celebrity. So take a bow, Jude Law: You--in collaboration with the Lennon-McCartney song "Hey Jude"--have erased Jude's old connections to the traitorous Judas Iscariot and Thomas Hardy's tragic Jude the Obscure, and inspired a legion of new babies named Jude--over two thousand of them last year.

Saint Jude was the apostle who interceded for people with problems and became the patron saint of lost causes.

Kelsey Grammer has a son named Jude Gordon. Jude is occasionally used for girls (as in Martha Stewart's granddaughter)--but more often as a shortened form of Judith/Judy.

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Famous People Named Jude

Saint Jude, the apostle
Jude Law, British actor
Jude, half-brother of Jesus believed to have written 2nd to last book in New Testament
River Jude Phoenix (d. 1993), Academy Award-nominated American actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Jude

"Hey Jude," a Beatles song, written by John Lennon and Paul Mcartney for John's son Julian
"Jude the Obscure," Thomas Hardy novel
St. Jude's Children's Hospital
Jude, main character in the movie "Across the Universe"
Jude, a main character in television series 6Teen
Jude Heartfillia, Lucy's father in the anime Fairy Tail
Jude Baker, Brooke Davis' son on the show One Tree Hill
Jude Jacob, character in ABC Family's "The Fosters"

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