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Gender: M Meaning of Jude: "praised" Origin of Jude: Latin diminutive of Judah Jude's Popularity in 2016: #161

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--2,500 of them last year.

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.

Famous People Named Jude

Saint Jude the Apostle
Jude, Biblical half-brother of Jesus; author of the Epistle of Jude
(David) Jude Heyworth Law, English actor
River Jude Phoenix, American actor
(Michael) Jude Christodal, American singer-songwriter
Jude Gordon Grammer (b. 2004), son of actor Kelsey Grammer
Jude Swanberg, American child actor; son of director Joe Swanberg
Jude Hull, son of ice hockey player Brett Hull
Jude Sidney Sampson (b. 2010), son of TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher and Paul Sampson
Jude Michael Crook (b. 2003), son of actor Mackenzie Crook
Jude Malcolm Yeun (b. 2017) son of actor Steven Yeun and Joana Pak

Pop Culture References for the name Jude

Jude, epistle in the New Testament
Jude Fawley, main character in Thomas Hardy's "Jude the Obscure"
"Hey Jude," song by the Beatles inspired by John Lennon's son Julian
Jude, main character in movie "Across the Universe," inspired by "Hey Jude"
Jude Lizowski, main character on animated series "6Teen"
Jude Heartfillia, character in anime "Fairy Tail"
Jude Baker, character on TV's "One Tree Hill"
Jude Jacobs, later Jude Adams-Foster, character on Freeform's "The Fosters"
"Jude," novel by Kate Morgenroth and its main character
Jude the Entropic Man, character in Marvel Comics
The Judes, Canadian rock band
Jude Keffy-Horn, character in the novel 'Ten Thousand Saints' by Eleanor Henderson
Brigadier Jude Scanlon, character in Melina Marchetta's novel "On the Jellicoe Road"
Jude Mercer, character in "The Sins That Bind Us" by Geneva Lee
Jude Harley, character in "Hiveswap"

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