Given Name JODY

GENDER: Feminine & Masculine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: JO-dee  [details]

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).

Categories

athletes, currently out of the US top 1000, diminutives, literature, movies
VARIANTS: Jodi, Jodie, Jude, Judi, Judie, Judy, Jodene
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Judith (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)
Entry updated July 2, 2008