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While Rudy is not as frequently used for girls, it's typically a name for baby boys. Rudy can be short for Rudolph or Rudolf, but it can also be a given name in its own right. While it's not as popular as it once was, it's been on the list of the top 1,000 baby names for boys in the United States since at least 1900. Rudy may sound a bit old-fashioned, but it's adorable when you pair it with current middle names like Oliver, Hunter or Harrison.

Meaning of the name Rudy:

German: Famous wolf

Origin of the name Rudy:

Rudy is derived from the baby name Rudolf, which comes from the German “Hrōdwulf.” It's made up of the elements “hrod,” which means fame, and “wulf,” which means “wolf.”

Symbolism of the name Rudy:

Since Rudy means “famous wolf,” many parents may find symbolism in that meaning. Many cultures see the wolf as a symbol of loyalty, protection and freedom.

baby name Rudy

Style of the name Rudy:

Traditional

Gender of the name Rudy:

Rudy is a name for both boys and girls.

Pronunciation of the name Rudy:

ROO-dee

Number of syllables in the name Rudy:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Rudy:

The baby name Rudy evokes images of someone who enjoys excitement and new experiences.

Alternative spellings for the name Rudy:

  • Rudi
  • Rudie
  • Rudee
  • Rudey

Nicknames for the name Rudy:

  • Ru
  • Rud
  • Rude

Popularity of the name Rudy:

Rudy has been a top 1,000 baby name for boys in the United States since at least 1900, according to the Social Security Administration. It last ranked at number 861 in 2020.

Related names for the name Rudy:

Great middle names for Rudy and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Rudy:

  • Rudy York (baseball player)
  • Rudy Kennedy (scientist and Holocaust survivor)
  • Rudy Ford (football player)
  • Rudy Gay (basketball player)
  • Rudy Vallee (musician and radio host)

Rudys in popular culture:

  • Rudy (character on the TV show “Sesame Street”)
  • Rudy (character in the book “The Book Thief”)
  • Rudi Gunn (character in Clive Cussler's “Dirk Pitt” novels)
  • Rudy Huxtable (character on the TV show “The Cosby Show”)
  • Rudy Jones (character from the DC Comics universe)