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Judy is a gem of a name that means “praised.” However, the name's association with Judy Garland makes it a symbol of wholesome glamour. Keep reading to learn more about what makes Judy such a classic name.

Meaning of the name Judy:

  • Hebrew: Woman from Judea, praised

Origin of the name Judy:

Hebrew. Judy is derived from the name Judith that means “woman from Judea.” In the bible, Judith was a beautiful woman who exacted revenge on an invading general.

Symbolism of the name Judy:

Judy is a symbol of being a chosen woman. The name's association with Judea makes it an inherently spiritual name.

Style of the name Judy:

Classic/informal.

Gender of the name Judy:

Judy is considered the female variation of Judea.

Pronunciation of the name Judy:

JOO-dee

Syllables in the name Judy:

Two.

Emotion evoked from the name Judy:

The name Judy is classically elegant. It also has a very youthful twist.

Alternative spellings for the name Judy:

Joody, Juda, Judi.

Nicknames for the name Judy:

JoJo, Juji, JuJU.

Popularity of the name Judy:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Judy ranked on the list of the top 1,000 baby names every year from 1902 to 1998. While Judy peaked at #11 in 1946, the name enjoyed a full two decades of staying in the single digits.

Related names for the name Judy:

Jodie, Judith.

Great middle names for Judy and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Judy:

  • Judy Bloom (author)
  • Judy Collins (singer and songwriter)
  • Judge Judy (television personality)
  • Judy Garland (classic American actress and singer)
  • Judy Greer (actress)
  • Judy Holliday (classic Broadway and Hollywood actress)

Judys in movies/pop culture:

  • Judy (character in the movie “My Girl”)
  • Judy Gellar (character in the television show “Friends”)
  • Judy Hopps (character in the movie “Zootopia”)
  • Judy Jetson (character in “The Jetsons”)
  • Judy Shepherd (character played by Kirsten Dunst in “Jumanji”)
  • Judy Moody (star of a book series of the same title)