JUDITH
GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: יְהוּדִית (Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: JOO-dith (English), zhoo-DEET (French), YOO-dit (German)   [key]
Meaning & History
From the Hebrew name יְהוּדִית (Yehudit) meaning "woman from Judea", Judea being an ancient region in Israel. In the Old Testament, Judith is one of the wives of Esau. This is also the name of the main character of the apocryphal Book of Judith who kills Holofernes, an invading Assyrian commander, by beheading him in his sleep. As an English name, though there are a handful of early examples during the Middle Ages, it did not become common until after the Protestant Reformation.
Related Names
VARIANTS: Yehudit (Hebrew), Hudes (Yiddish), Jutta, Jutte (German), Judit (Spanish)
DIMINUTIVES: Judi, Judie, Judy, Jodene, Jodi, Jodie, Jody (English), Yutke (Yiddish)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Ioudith (Biblical Greek), Yehudit (Biblical Hebrew), Iudith (Biblical Latin), Judita, Jitka (Czech), Judit, Jytte (Danish), Judit (Hungarian), Giuditta (Italian), Judit (Norwegian), Judyta (Polish), Judite (Portuguese), Judita (Slovak), Judit (Swedish)
Popularity
United States  ranked #995 
Catalonia  ranked #59 
France  ranked #408 
Netherlands  ranked #441 
Spain  ranked #99