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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 2014: #952

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 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 Judy connection.

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 Judith Krantz and Judith Rossner and dancer-choreographer Judith Jamison.

Famous People Named Judith

Judith Olivia "Judi" Dench, English actress
Frances Margaret "Judith" Anderson, Australian actress
Judith Durham, Australian singer
Judith Keppel, British TV quiz champion
Judith Ellen Light, American actress
Judith Shakespeare, daughter of William Shakespeare
Judith Susan Sheindlin, better known as Judge Judy, American lawyer, judge and television personality
Judith Lynne "Judee" Sill, American singer-songwriter
Judith Eva Barsi, American child actress
Judith S Beck, American psychologist
Judith Butler, American philosopher
Judith Miller, American journalist
Judith Arlene Resnik, American astronaut
Judith Arndt, German cyclist

Pop Culture References for the name Judith

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

Judith's International Variations

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