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Gender: Female Meaning of Rudy: "famous wolf" Origin of Rudy: German, short form of Rudolph

The name Rudy is a girl's name of German origin meaning "famous wolf". Rudy and is often added to lists like Baby Names with Animal Meanings and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Rudy hasn't yet enjoyed the comeback of cousin name Ruby, despite having been chosen by hip couple Sadie Frost and Jude Law, but it still could happen.

Rudy has a lot going for it as a usable-on-its-own nickname name, with the lively 'oo' sound found in Jude and Juno and all the popular Lu-starting names. And it was a heartthrob name back in the day when crooner Rudy (born Hubert) Vallee and Rudy/Rudolph (born Rodolpho) Valentino had ladies swooning, reaching as high as Number 299 in 1926.

It has most often been seen as an all-male name--except for little Rudy on The Cosby Show.

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Famous People Named Rudy

Rudy Hazel Blake (b. 2017), daughter of Hamish Blake and Zoë Foster Blake

Pop Culture References for the name Rudy

Rudith Lillian "Rudy" Huxtable, "The Cosby Show" TV daughter
Rudy Steiner, a character from The Book Thief
Rudy, name of the dinasour in "Ice age: Dawn of the dinasours"