German, diminutive of Rudolph
"famous wolf"

Rudy Origin and Meaning

The name Rudy is a boy's name of German origin meaning "famous wolf".

Rudy has a bit of style currency, thanks to the fact that Jude Law used it for his son. It has been consistently in the Top 1000 for as long as Social Security records have been tallied, as opposed to parent name Rudolph, which, perhaps due to the reindeer, hasn't been heard from in some time.

Some people still remember Rudy as a young girl character on The Cosby Show; it appeared again on The Practice, where Judge Rudy Fox was a female.

The titular protagonist of the 1993 film Rudy was a male.

# 853 in the US

Rudy Rank in US Top 1000

# 399 on Nameberry

Rudy Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Rudy Popularity

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Famous People Named Rudy

  • Rudolph William Louis "Rudy" GiulianiAmerican politician, former New York City mayor
  • Daniel Eugene "Rudy" RuettigerAmerican college football player and subject of movie "Rudy"
  • Rudolph "Rudy" Cornelius WiedoeftAmerican saxophonist
  • Hubert Prior "Rudy" ValléeAmerican singer/actor (renamed himself after Rudy Wiedoeft)
  • Rudy Gatlinsinger in American country music group The Gatlin Brothers
  • Rudy SarzoCuban hard rock bassist for Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne
  • Rudy Kay (born JeanLouis Cormier), Canadian professional wrestler
  • Rudy Carlton Gay Jr.American basketball player
  • Preston Rudolph "Rudy" YorkAmerican baseball player
  • Carlos Wilson "Rudy" Cachicote da RochaAngolan footballer
  • Rudy Lawson of actors Jude Law and Sadie Frost
  • Rudy PankowAmerican actor

Rudy in Pop Culture

  • Rudy Steinercharacter in Markus Zuzak's "The Book Thief"
  • Rudy Lomcharacter on TV's "Almost Human"
  • Rudy Tabootie. character in animated series "ChalkZone"
  • Rudy Wadecharacter on British TV series "Misfits"
  • Rudycharacter on the "Pokemon" TV series
  • Rudydinosaur in "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs"
  • Rudyclone on the TV show ''Orphan Black''
  • Daniel "Rudy" Ruettigermain character in the film Rudy
  • Rudolph 'Rudy' Stieblitzcharacter in "Bob's Burgers"
  • "rudy" means redhead in Polish