Gender: Male Meaning of Jude: "praised" Origin of Jude: Latin diminutive of Judah Jude's Popularity in 2018: #157

Jude Origin and Meaning

The name Jude is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "praised".

Jude is an example of a name whose image was turned on its head primarily by one appealing celebrity. So take a bow, Jude Law: You--in collaboration with the Lennon-McCartney song "Hey Jude"--have erased Jude's old connections to the traitorous Judas Iscariot and Thomas Hardy's tragic Jude the Obscure, and inspired a legion of new babies named Jude.

Saint Jude was the apostle who interceded for people with problems and became the patron saint of lost causes.

Kelsey Grammer has a son named Jude Gordon. Jude is occasionally used for girls (as in Martha Stewart's granddaughter)--but more often as a shortened form of Judith/Judy.

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Rank in US: #157

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snowsbeloved Says:


Paul McCartney wrote “Hey Jude” for John Lennon’s older son Julian. It was supposed to be “Hey Jules” but they thought it didn’t flow quite right so they changed it to Jude.

fearlessfirefly Says:


Dashiell Finn and Rowan Jude are my top boy names.

bordercollie Says:


I really adore Jude, it's such a warm, simple, soulful name. It's got an inviting softness to it, but it isn't childish or weak sounding. I also think the Beatles association is a positive one, but then again, I don't mind musical associations at all (I love Delilah).

SouthernPeach Says:


I love this as a middle! My favorite combo is Asaiah Jude nn Asa ;D

Asterflamey Says:


Jude is a great name! While being unisex I think of it as being very masculine. I picture an emo boy with blue eyes.

hannah111 Says:


This name is just perfect! Short, sweet and simple.

Ruanne Says:


To me, the sight of that patch in Holocaust footage or movies brings to mind the cosmic persistence of a people that are still here despite it.

But I can see what you mean about the name. The connotation is there and it's heavy.

deardemi Says:


I can't be the only one who can only think of the Holocaust every time they see Jude. I just get chills every time I think about a person named Jude.

BreezyAnne Says:


I have a 15 month old "Jude Scott". I love his name. We have met two other Jude's so far on the playground so far, but I live in a very populated area. Its a laid back name with roots in music and the Bible. I love that it is easy to pronouce and easy to spell!

zenithstarr Says:


Was in love with this name... until I read the Mara Dyer trilogy and now i'm biased :(

Chantelle Adlington Says:


I have six weeks to go with my pregnancy and I'm naming my baby boy Jude. I absolutely love this name and my Husband and I are naming him Jude because we both LOVE The Beatles and I just think this is such a great name. Our son's name is going to be Jude Isaac John. Jude because we both love this name, Isaac because we also love this name and John in memory of my Grandad because he was truly an amazing man. We've already got so many compliments on the name.

EW314 Says:


Really clean-sounding and lovely (on both genders). It's a strong, traditional name and doesn't feel as trendy as Judah, because there are just so many -ah names climbing up the popularity charts in the wake of Noah.

jude Says:


Hi, My name is Jude, Born 1954, I have only met two other Jude's ( both children ) I live in Australia but I am of Irish heritage. I was wondering if anyone knows of an older Jude 61+ ( I was named after the Saint ).

Louisa Says:


Does a girl need to have a long and frilly name? There are lots of girl names and unisex names that are short and one syllable. Jade, Sage, Blake, Sloane, Wren, Pearl, Lark, June, Kate, Brooke, Paige, Blythe.... Some people like them.

Louisa Says:


Yes, but the Jude that you are talking about was originally named Judas (there were two apostles named Judas) and still is in most languages other than English. So the association with the name Judas is real and it might be too much for some. Not for me personally, but for some.

babymagic Says:


Jude is an English variant of Judas (Ioudas), which is the Greek form of the Hebrew Judah (Yehuda).

The real name of the Jude in the New Testament is Judas Thaddeus. Early translators of the bible from Greek into English wanted to clearly distinguish Judas Thaddeus (St.Jude) from Judas Iscariot (betrayer of Jesus), so they came up with Jude. Other than English and French translations, most versions of the New Testament do not distinguish between Judas and Jude.

Kayte Says:


Jude is a wonderful name for a Christian to give their son. Jude is a book in the Bible (before Revelation). The author is Jude the brother of James, both of who are half-brothers of Jesus Christ.

GenericJen Says:


We chose this name for our daughter in 2012. We get tons of compliments on it, and a surprising number of people tell us they have an aunt, sister, cousin, niece, friend etc. named Jude so it's really not as unusual as we originally thought!

Nic Cole Says:


Thank you!

Zelliew Says:


Best wishes to you & Jude

Nic Cole Says:


My little Jude will be here in 8 weeks <3 I chose it because I love that Judah means praised but I felt it to be too stiff in that form. I honestly forgot about Jude Law until everyone else brought him up. And yes the hubby and I are guilty of singing the Beatles song to my belly...we were fans before :D

adelinejane Says:


I love this name!

yvonne_virginia Says:


I don't like this on boys at all. On girls it's okay, but I prefer Judy.

jennie weissend Says:


My son's name is Judge Nicholas. He is almost 9 years old. Whenever we go to those personalization stores, they never have his name in the software program. They always have Jude. Judge hasn't been in the SS Top 1000 since the 19th century. It was most popular in 1883 (around #420 on the list). Today, I have found that people either love it or hate it. There is no neutral zone. I sounds a lot like George. My favorite thing about a title name is it goes with any last name!

Danielle LoSasso Says:


my baby boy is 7 and his name is Jude. named him after the Beatles song but now whenever i get asked if i want to donate to St. Judes i feel super guilty if i dont lol

bearcub27 Says:


I knew the sweetest boy by this name, Jude Patrick, and it made me fall in love with the name! Very spunky, but solid, too. I just adore Jude!

mabespark Says:


I'm starting to really really like this.

indiefendi2 Says:


I used to hate this name being the Christian I am (Judas) but I'm loving it now. Boy or girl!

babymagic Says:


I've known a few and all were girls, so I'll always associate it with females. But it's cute on a boy too. Reminds me of Julian, but with less frill.

Rush1986 Says:


I have always adored this name. It has everything going for it.

Guest Says:


Hey Jude makes me absolutely love this name. It's definitely on my list but with the longer form Judah.

So interesting to me how they got this name from Julian :P

kitchi1 Says:


"Hey Jude..." Love it.

KiwiMarie Says:


I love this name. It's strikingly simple yet soulful and I like the association with the Beatles song and with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as well. Biblical roots, great meaning...there's so much to like.

Littlemeg Says:


Love this name!