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Gender: Male Meaning of Judah: "praised" Origin of Judah: Hebrew Judah's Popularity in 2017: #207

The name Judah is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "praised". Judah is ranked #207 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

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

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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ksu_artist1 Says:


This is my son's name. We instantly knew this was the one - a Judah could be a warrior or a poet. Plus I love the references to The Lion of Judah. We get lots of compliments on his name and find that other 3-4 year olds really like to say it - it must roll off the tongue quite well for the little ones!

kittnchopz Says:


My daughter's name is Judah Eileen. She has always liked her name. She has my sister's middle name.

indiefendi2 Says:


Jew and Judaism come from the name Judah.

AlexxisLynn Says:


I'm utterly in love with this name! Jude,Judah,Israel are my in my top five boys names! Judah sounds very strong and masculine and would work well for a Christian family looking for Biblical names, or anyone.

Louisa Says:


Love this name :)

Tia Says:


UPDATE: This will be one of my new cousin's names. Oddly don't associate it with Judaism anymore, and I actually like it.

Leah3456 Says:


I love the nickname Jude for this name.

theirishsaint Says:


My brother in law has this name. He's much loved at his college by many.

theirishsaint Says:


My brother in laws name. Judah Khane. Strong and handsome to me! Tribe of Judahis the lion

clairels Says:


I don't see a boy named Judah getting made fun of very much. There are many other names with more teasing potential.

Abigail Tennison Says:


I'd love to name my son Judah because of all it symbolizes, both in the genealogy of Jesus and the faith that the nation of Judah had during the Old Testament, but I don't want my son to be made fun of...tough decision

GracefulLady Says:


I love the name Judah! As a fan of strong, distinctly masculine names for boys and lovely, distinctly feminine names for girls, I have Judah at the top of my name list. The meaning is perfect (as Leah said "This time I will praise The Lord"), and because Jesus came from the tribe of Judah, I think this is a fantastic name for a Christian family!

kitchi1 Says:


Makes me think of Judaism, or a Jewish person. Not that there is anything wrong with that religion, there isn't, it's just what I think of.

Guest Says:


If I had a son right now I'd name him Judah. It's so strong!

I've heard it on girls as well, it's adaptable! :)