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Gender: Female Meaning of Judith: "woman from Judea" Origin of Judith: Hebrew Judith's Popularity in 2017: #846

The name Judith is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "woman from Judea". Judith is ranked #846 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose... Name Game- GIRLS".

From the experts:

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.

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.

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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
Caroline Judith Botelho, American actress

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 'Judy' Bryant, character in television series 'Prisoner Cell Block H'

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)


cosettes Says:


This name is nice and sophisticated but also has a cool nickname - Jude. A bit old-fashioned, but I like it.

lulujujuollieevie Says:


We named our daughter Judith in 2011. We call her Judy, Juju, or Jude. We loved the nickname options. This name fits her perfectly, because while it is somewhat serious the nicknames are spunky and playful. I cannot imagine having named her anything else. I was also surprised at the positive reactions that we received when we chose her name. We love that their is not another Judy in her class or even in her school. We also love how the name has that stands out fits in vibe.

arr! Says:


I am trying to see the appeal in it, but I can't. All I can imagine is an old lady in navy blue pantsuit, walking her little ugly dog and pinching her grandchildren in their cheeks. Nope.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Most of the people I have known with this name did end up being Judy or Judi, but a couple used their full names. The trouble with that is that they had to keep insisting upon it. Jude is a nice alternative.

EW314 Says:


This would be a nice alternative to fast-rising Edith, plus nickname Jude is cooler than Edie.

Michaela Says:


This is a very heavy name to carry.

yvonne_virginia Says:


This might be the only name that seems 'old lady-ish' to me, probably because of Cold Comfort Farm.

xaliciax Says:


Never really gave it much thought before but lately I'm loving it. Great name that a young woman can grow into, and they can go by Judy, or Jude if they're more of a tomboy.

PoppyOrangey Says:


Judith now has the association with The Walking Dead, which is kind of morbid, but it shows how it could fit a baby girl. I still couldn't see my child being named Judith though.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I find it really old and stale

Analia Says:


I like this name too, I think its kinda edgy and the nickname Jude is pretty cool

Shona Says:


I love this name :)