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Buddy is a common baby boy’s name of English origin that means “friend”. Most people are most familiar with Buddy as a common nickname given to boys of any age and it isn’t associated with any particular given name. Buddy was a classic in the first half of the 20th century but has fallen out of favor steadily since the 1960s until disappearing from the top 1000 baby names list entirely in 1988.

Meaning of the name Buddy:

English: friend

Origin of the name Buddy:

Buddy is an English given name that means “friend”. Buddy is most likely a nursery distortion of the word brother. Buddy is a common diminutive for boys.

Symbolism of the name Buddy:

Buddy is an English term meaning “friend”. There are many symbols of friendship and companionship around the world. Some include yellow roses, chrysanthemums, lapis lazuli, and topaz.

Baby name Buddy

Style of the name Buddy:


Gender of the name Buddy:

Buddy is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Buddy:


Number of syllables in the name Buddy:


Emotion evoked from the name Buddy:

Buddy evokes feelings of friendliness and practicality.

Alternative spellings for the name Buddy:

Budy, Buddie

Nicknames for the name Buddy:

Popularity of the name Buddy:

According to the Social Security Administration, Buddy is a popular baby boy’s name. Buddy was in the top 1000 baby names from 1900 to 1988. It peaked at #202 in 1935.

Related names for the name Buddy:

Great middle names for the name Buddy and their meanings:

  • James (supplanter)
  • William (resolute protection)
  • Maurice (dark-skinned)
  • Randall (shield-wolf)
  • Riley (courageous, rye-clearing)
  • Kaden (round, barrel)
  • Jace (the Lord is salvation, healer)
  • Rylan (island meadow)

Famous people with the name Buddy:

  • Charles “Buddy” Holly (American rock musician)
  • George “Buddy” Guy (American blues musician)
  • Bernard “Buddy” Rich (American jazz drummer)
  • Buddy Wayne Knox (American rock singer)
  • Buddy Jewell (American country music singer)

Buddy in popular culture:

  • Buddy the Elf (film, “Elf”)
  • Buddy Robinson (film, “Get Low”)
  • Buddy Faith (video game, “Ace Attorney Investigations”)
  • Buddy Blue (television, “Rainbow Brite”)
  • Buddy Bailey (video games, “The Sims” series)