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Gender: M Meaning of Judah: "praised" Origin of Judah: Hebrew Judah's Popularity in 2016: #234

Judah is the strong, resonant Old Testament name of the son of Jacob who was the ancestor of one of the tribes of Israel, and from whom the word Jew is derived. Some of the names' newfound popularity might be attributable to the similarly named Jude Law. Judah had risen more than seven hundred spots since 1998--so definitely one of the biblical boys' names moving up!

Judah Maccabee is acclaimed as one of the greatest warriors in Jewish history. In popular culture, Judah Ben-Hur was the eponymous hero of the novel and film, Ben-Hur, and, more recently, is borne by Judah Friedlander of 30 Rock, and is the name of the young son of Lucy Lawless.

Famous People Named Judah

Judah, Levite in Ezra's day (Ezra 10:23)
Judah, son of Senuah; deputy governor of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 11:9)
Judah Maccabee aka Judas Maccabeus, leader of the Maccabean Revolt; founder of Hanukkah
Judah bar Ilai, 2nd century rabbi; most frequently mentioned sage in the Mishnah
Judah the Prince aka Judah I, 2nd-century Isrealite rabbi; editor of the Mishnah
Judah II-IV, Israelite rabbi sages
Judah Halevi, Spanish Jewish physician; poet and philosopher
Judah Philip Benjamin, first Jewish U.S. Senator
Judah Friedlander, American actor/comedian
Judah Dana, U.S. Senator from Maine
Judah b. Meremar, Babylonian Jewish sage
Judah Loew ben Bezalel, Czech rabbi and scholar
Judah Bergman aka Jack Kid Berg, English boxer
(Moses) Judah Folkman, American medical biologist
Judah Nagler, lead singer of American band The Velvet Teen
Judah Miro Tapert (b. 2002), son of actress Lucy Lawless
Judah Alexander Slade (b. 2014), son of singer Isaac Slade of The Fray
Judah Akers, lead singer of band Judah & the Lion

Pop Culture References for the name Judah

Judah Ben-Hur, main character in Lew Wallace's "Ben-Hur" and 1959 movie
Judah Botwin, character on TV's "Weeds"

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