Judah Origin and Meaning

The name Judah is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "praised".
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' popularity might be attributable to the similarly named Jude Law.

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.
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Famous People Named Judah

  • JudahLevite in Ezra's day (Ezra 10:23)
  • Judahson of Senuah; deputy governor of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 11:9)
  • Judah Maccabee aka Judas Maccabeusleader of the Maccabean Revolt; founder of Hanukkah
  • Judah bar Ilai2nd century rabbi; most frequently mentioned sage in the Mishnah
  • Judah the Prince aka Judah I2nd,century Isrealite rabbi; editor of the Mishnah
  • Judah IIIV, Israelite rabbi sages
  • Judah HaleviSpanish Jewish physician; poet and philosopher
  • Judah Philip Benjaminfirst Jewish U.S. Senator
  • Judah FriedlanderAmerican actor/comedian
  • Judah DanaU.S. Senator from Maine
  • Judah b. MeremarBabylonian Jewish sage
  • Judah Loew ben BezalelCzech rabbi and scholar
  • Judah Bergman aka Jack Kid BergEnglish boxer
  • (Moses) Judah FolkmanAmerican medical biologist
  • Judah Naglerlead 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 Akerslead singer of band Judah & the Lion

Judah in Pop Culture

  • Judah BenHur, main character in Lew Wallace's "Ben,Hur" and 1959 movie
  • Judah Botwincharacter on TV's "Weeds"