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Quick Facts on Jude

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek, Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 162
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Jude

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Jude

The name Jude is a shortened version of the Hebrew name Yhuda (Judah) which means ‘praised.’ Judah was borne by the fourth son of Jacob in the Bible (Genesis 29:35) who gave his name to one of the twelve tribes of Israel and one of its two kingdoms (and from which the word Jew arose). In the New Testament, Saint Jude was one of the twelve apostles to Jesus and sometimes identified as the brother of Jesus himself. His name is carefully distinguished from Judas Iscariot, the “bad’ disciple who would eventually betray the son of God. In the Roman Catholic tradition Saint Jude is the patron saint of desperate circumstances and lost causes. As a male given name, Jude was not widely adopted by English speaking nations until quite recently.

Popularity of the Name Jude

The name Jude first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in the year 1954. It sort of flopped around the charts for a few years before getting a big push in usage between 1968 and 1969 after the Beatles released their single “Hey Jude” in August of 1968. The song was written by Paul McCartney for John Lennon’s son Julian as a gesture of kindness and goodwill following the break-up of his parent’s marriage (Lennon left Julian’s mother to be with Yoko Ono). The song was originally titled “Hey Jules” but McCartney changed the title and lyrics since Jude was easier to sing. The song was immensely popular in the United States during the latter part of 1968 but endures today as one of the best rock classics of all time. This shining moment for the name Jude on the popularity charts was brief, however. The name eventually went back into obscurity until the turn of this century when it finally reemerged in 1999 (clearly influenced by the growing popularity of the British actor and heartthrob Jude Law). In the past decade, Jude advanced over 800 positions on the charts and is currently a Top 200 favorite. Although the name has never reached a Top 100 position on the charts, we have one thing to say to that: “Hey Jude, don’t make it bad / Take a sad song and make it better.” Don’t be afraid, Jude. The name keeps getting better and better.
Popularity of the Boy Name Jude
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jude

  • Popular Songs on Jude

    Popular Songs on Jude

    Hey Jude - a song by The Beatles

    Hey Jude - a rendition by Elvis Presley

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Jude

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Jude

    Jude the Dude: The Peanut Allergy Kid (Bridget M Batson) - Upset with his peanut allergy, Jude the Dude soon realizes he can still have fun and live out all of his dreams with his allergy. He learns to be safe by reading labels, correctly using his Epi-Pen, and taking his own food to parties. Eventually, Jude the Dude becomes a famous football player and teaches others about peanut allergies. Filled with colorful illustrations, this children’s peanut allergy book teaches children (and parents) tips for living safely with this life-threatening allergy and emphasizes the fact that a food allergy is something to live with. But, it does not define who you are. Any child with any allergy/illness can conquer the world. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Jude's Music (Sarah Quinn) - Thirteen-year-old Nat moves with his family to the small town of Mosspond. Only when he stumbles across the trail of a strange, ghostly boy in town does the future look brighter. The boy, Jude, is frightening yet intriguing in his cold silence. Nat is immediately drawn to this classmate despite the aura of disquiet surrounding him. One afternoon, he discovers Jude playing the piano in the school music room, and the sound of it is, as Nat describes, “bitterly moving...such profound beauty...such wretched beauty.” While listening, Nat is swept into deep pits of loneliness and emptiness and is unable to comprehend the reason for pulling such emotion from the music. After some guessing, he comes to the conclusion that Jude is ill in a sense that cannot be physically explained and sets off on a quest to find the cure for the tormented boy. What Nat discovers as the answers shimmer closer forces him to search inward, no matter the pain of the experience. Recommended for ages 13+

    Saint Jude: A Friend in Hard Times (Michael Aquilina) - A review of this book is currently unavailable, although the title suggests the subject matter quite obviously. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Luck of Jude (Andrew Larsen) - When the Grade Four teacher at Trillium Elementary in Toronto assigns a new project, Jude Bhandari is sure that he'll be paired up with his best friend Sanjay. Everyone knows they both love everything to do with outer space. But instead Jude is paired up with the tough new kid from England who likes to pick fights. Will Jude be able to find common ground with the new kid—or will he end up as his latest victim? Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Jude

    Famous People Named Jude

    Famous People Named Jude - Jude Law (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Jude

    Children of Famous People Named Jude

    Famous People who Named their Child Jude - Kelsey Grammer (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Jude - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Jude - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Jude.

Personality of the Boy Name Jude

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Jude

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