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Gender: Female Meaning of Judith: "woman from Judea" Origin of Judith: Hebrew Judith's Popularity in 2018: #850

Judith Origin and Meaning

The name Judith is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "woman from Judea".

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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Popularity

Rank in US: #850

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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)

Comments

cosettes Says:

2017-11-08T19:46:16

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

lulujujuollieevie Says:

2017-05-19T14:50:09

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:

2016-12-28T15:18:29

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:

2016-12-06T20:48:01

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:

2016-01-28T15:13:55

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

Michaela Says:

2016-01-12T22:58:58

This is a very heavy name to carry.

yvonne_virginia Says:

2015-06-15T17:09:25

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

xaliciax Says:

2015-03-12T20:38:08

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:

2014-12-18T23:44:16

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:

2014-10-09T06:34:34

I find it really old and stale

Analia Says:

2014-10-09T06:08:41

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

Shona Says:

2014-08-17T18:57:33

I love this name :)