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Bud is a baby name that originally started out as a nickname or term of endearment. The baby name Bud is also one that was most popular in the early 1900s. Keep reading to learn more about the name.

Meaning and Origin of the Name Bud:

Bud is a baby name with English origins, as it serves as a shortened version of “Buddy”. The name Bud originated as a nickname as well as a term of endearment shared between friends and family. There is no indication exactly when Bud fell into use as a given name.

Symbolism of the Name Bud:

Bud is a name that can symbolize friendship. There are a lot of symbols of friendship that one can use for the name Bud, such as topaz, lapis lazuli, and, of course, friendship bracelets.

Nicknames for the Name Bud:

Given that Bud itself is often a nickname for Buddy, there aren't a ton of ways to derive further nicknames from it. We've given it our best shot, though. Take a look at our picks:

  • Buds
  • Budder
  • Budders
  • Boo
  • Bubu
  • Bud-Bud
  • B.D.
  • Uds

Style of the Name Bud:


Gender of the Name Bud:

The baby name Bud is generally used for boys.

Pronunciation of the Name Bud:


Number of Syllables in the Name Bud:


Emotion Evoked From the Name Bud:

Bud is a name full of openness, kindness, and happiness.

Alternative Spellings for the Name Bud:

• Budd

Popularity of the Name Bud:

Bud held some popularity as a given name for boys throughout the early and mid-1900s. According to the Social Security Administration, Bud ranked as high as #325 in 1901 before dropping off the top 1,000 list by 1965.

  • Boyd
  • Bid
  • Bede
  • Bill
  • Jim 

Great Middle Names for Bud and Their Meanings:

Famous People with the Name Bud:

  • Bud Cort (stage name for American actor Walter Edward Cox)
  • Bud(stage name for English music hall, vaudeville entertainer Chaim Reuben Weintrop)
  • Bud S. Smith (American film editor)
  • Bud Schwenk (nickname for American football player Wilson Rutherford Schwenk Jr.)

Buds in Pop Culture:

  • “Bud, Not Buddy” (children’s novel written by Christopher Paul Curtis)
  • Bud Bundy (character in the TV show “Married … with Children”)
  • Bud (nickname for Budweiser beer)
  • Bud Ricks (character in the TV show “Flipper”)
  • Bud Roberts (character in the TV show “JAG”)
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