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Meaning & History

Probably either a variant of JUDY or a diminutive of JOSEPH. It was popularized by the young hero in Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' novel 'The Yearling' (1938) and the subsequent film adaptation (1946).
Other Languages & CulturesJudith Biblical Ioudith Biblical Greek Yehudit Biblical Hebrew Iudith Biblical Latin Josipa Croatian Josefa, Judita, Jitka Czech Judit, Jytte Danish Josée, Josèphe, Judith, Joséphine French Josepha, Judit, Judith, Jutta German Yehudit Hebrew Jozefa, Judit Hungarian Giuditta, Giuseppa, Giuseppina Italian Judith Jewish Judita Lithuanian Judit Norwegian Józefa, Judyta Polish Josefa, Judite Portuguese Judita Slovak Jožefa Slovene Josefa, Judit, Judith, Pepita Spanish Judit Swedish Hudes Yiddish

Sources & References

  • Cleveland Kent Evans, The Great Big Book of Baby Names (2006)


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Entry updated July 2, 2008   Contribute