Judith

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Gender: F Meaning of Judith: "woman from Judea" Origin of Judith: Hebrew Judith's Popularity in 2016: #889

The biblical Judith, the fourth most popular name in 1940, may be getting ready for a comeback in its full, elegant, if somewhat solemn form. Many of those earlier Judiths were called Judy—some after Judy (born Frances) Garland—preferring it over their more formal proper name. Today, Judith, like Deborah, may have shaken off just enough to appeal to parents looking for a traditional, yet under-the-radar biblical name. And Jude would be a likelier nickname these days than the Judge Judy connection. The name has risen modestly the last three years.

Judith of Bethulia was the singularly beautiful wife of Esau who delivered her people from the invading Assyrians.

Shakespeare named one of his daughters Judith, and Dame Judi Dench was, of course, born Judith. Some other namesakes are novelists Judith Krantz and Judith Rossner and dancer-choreographer Judith Jamison. The baby in The Walking Dead is named Judith.

Famous People Named Judith

Judith, Biblical heroine of the deuterocanonical Book of Judith who seduced and beheaded the evil Holofernes
Judith, two Hittite wives of Esau (Genesis 26:34)
Judith of Thuringia, Queen consort of Vladislaus II of Bohemia
Judith of Swabia, Queen consort of Hungary and later Poland
Judith of Habsburg, Queen consort of Wenceslaus II of Bohemia
Judith of Bavaria, Queen consort of Louis the Pious of the Franks and Romans
Judith of Flanders, Queen consort of Æthelwulf and later Æthelbald of Wessex
Judith Olivia "Judi" Dench, English actress
Frances Margaret "Judith" Anderson, Australian actress
Judith Marjorie "Judy" Collins, American folk singer-songwriter
Judith Therese Evans, birth name of Judy Greer, American actress
Judith Mavis Durham, Australian singer
Judith "Judy" Borg Biggert, former U.S. Congresswoman from Illinois
Judith Rumelt aka Cassandra Clare, American novelist
Judith Aileen "Judy" Dyble, British singer-songwriter of Fairport Convention and Trader Horne
Judith Susan Sheindlin aka Judge Judy, American TV judge
Judith Cynthia Aline Keppel, British TV quiz champion
Judith Ellen Light, American actress
Judith Mary Lucy, Australian comedienne
Judith Shakespeare, daughter of William Shakespeare
Judith Lynne "Judee" Sill, American singer-songwriter
Judith Eva Barsi, American late child actress
Judith M. "Judie" Aronson, American actress
Judith Sylvia Cohen aka Judy Chicago, American installation artist
Judith S Beck, American psychologist
Judith Butler, American philosopher
Judith Miller, American journalist
Judith Arlene Resnik, American astronaut
Judith Arndt, German cyclist
Judith "Judy" Krantz, American novelist
Judith Louise Rossner, American novelist
Judith Glory Hill, American R&B singer
Judith Arundell Wright, Australian poet
Judith Ann Jamison, American dancer and choreographer

Pop Culture References for the name Judith

Judith Grimes, baby on TV's "The Walking Dead"
Judith Harper-Melnick, character on TV's "Two and a Half Men"
Judith Anastasia "Judy" Funnie, character on animated series "Doug"
Judith Beasley, character in Lily Tomlin's sketches
Judith, character in movie "The Horse Whisperer"
Judith Laverne "Judy" Hopps, rabbit character in Disney movie Zootopia
Judith Myers, a character in the Halloween films
Dr. Judith Mossman, character in video game Half-Life 2.
Judith, character in video game Tales of Vesperia

Judith's International Variations

Juut (Dutch) Jutka, Judit (Hungarian) Jutte, Jutta (German) Jytte (Scandinavian) Yudita, Yudif (Russian) Jitka, Judita (Czech) Yehudah, Yehudit, Yidel, Hudes, Yutke, Yudel (Yiddish) Judetta, Judina, Judeen (Spanish) Giuditta (Italian) Judithe, Juditha (French) Judyta (Polish)