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Gender: F Meaning of Judith: "He will be praised, or woman from Judea" Origin of Judith: Hebrew Judith's Popularity in 2013: #996

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The biblical Judith, the fourth most popular name in 1940, may be getting ready for a comeback in its full, elegant, if somewhat solemn form. Many if not most of those earlier Judiths were called Judy--some after Judy (born Frances) Garland--preferring it over their more formal proper name. Today, Judith, like Deborah, may have shaken off just enough to appeal to parents looking for a traditional, yet under-the-radar biblical name. And Jude would be a likelier nickname these days than the Judge Judyish Judy.

Judith of Bethulia was the singularly beautiful wife of Esau who delivered her people from the invading Assyrians.

Shakespeare named one of his daughters Judith and Dame Judi Dench was, of course, born Judith. Some other namesakes are novelists Judiths Krantz and Rossner and dance Judith Jamison.

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Famous People Named Judith

Judith "Judy" Sheindlin, American court judge
Judith Keppel, British TV quizz champion
Judith Shakespeare, Shakespeare's youngest daughter
Judith Bulwer-Lytton, great-granddaughter of Lord Byron
Judith Light-American actress, Who's the Boss?
Judith Seymour, 19th Duchess of Somerset
Judith S Beck, renowned American psychologist and daughter of Aaron T Beck
Judith Durham, Australian singer

Pop Culture References for the Name Judith

Judith Victorious, heroine of the biblical "Book of Judith" (Apocrypha)
Judith Grimes, infant character on "The Walking Dead"
Judith Harper-Melnick, character in "Two and a Half Men"
Judith Anastasia "Judy" Funnie, character from animated series Doug
Judith Beasley, character in Lily Tomlin's sketches
Judith, from the movie "The Horse Whisperer"

Judith's International Variations

Jitka, Judita (Czech) Juut (Dutch) Judithe, Juditha (French) Jutte, Jutta (German) Jutka, Judit (Hungarian) Giuditta (Italian) Judyta (Polish) Yudita, Yudif (Russian) Jytte (Scandinavian) Judetta, Judina, Judeen (Spanish) Yehudah, Yehudit, Yidel, Hudes, Yutke, Yudel (Yiddish)