Also Judeo-Anglo-Norman.
Source: Seror, Simon "Les noms des femmes juives en Angleterre au Moyen Âge".
Frollein Gladys  4/8/2021
How about the lovely Australian singer Judith Durham of The Seekers? She's a fantastic pianist, too!
Ruta Graveolens  4/2/2021
This is a strong, classic name with a lovely sound. It is reminiscent of the word “jewel”, and has a connection to ancient history. Keep in mind that if your daughter becomes a professional (e.g. a doctor or a lawyer) it will be to her advantage as a young woman to have a name that makes her sound like a seasoned practitioner on paper. People who think “old lady name” is a point against a name clearly haven’t considered that their daughter may one day be ambitious! Judith is versatile and elegant, like a classic gown or a well-tailored suit.
Iconoblast  2/24/2021
Amy.B  2/2/2021
Possibly the most beautiful name ever?! Lol. Judy and Jools are viable nicknames for it.
noisynora  1/18/2021
This is a good, good name. Classic, simple, elegant! Yes, it may sound a little bit like an older woman name, but at least it has quality in it, unlike many childish or made up names. Judith is sweet and strong at the same time.
DeeDeeRee  1/14/2021
There’s something about this name I really don’t like, honestly.
ciara23  1/10/2021
I know a girl named Judith. She doesn't like Judie or Jodie, so goes by Jade. I've never heard it as a nickname before, but I think it's cool and it suits her.
ElizabethAgnes  10/29/2020
Judith was the name of an Anglo-Saxon princess on the TV drama "Vikings".
THErockLady  10/28/2020
Very pretty, I love its history. On The Cosby Show the youngest girl in the family was nicknamed Rudy. Guess what her first name was...Rudith. Rudith is a horrible name, and Judith is much better.
Anders1234  10/20/2020
My mother’s name was Judy. She named me JUDITH. I’m not old or outdated. I’m the only person who I know that was born in the 80’s with this name. It fits a strong personality and I am proud to have it.
― Anonymous User  10/6/2020
Very dated.
someone-  10/6/2020
Eighty year old lady name! I would absolutely hate to be stuck with this name throughout life!
― Anonymous User  9/28/2020
This name is beautiful, but a bit dated. And the first thing that comes to mind for me is Judith Barsi.
― Anonymous User  6/10/2020
Judith is my beautiful mother's name, I feel it's a strong name that brings an air of commanding attention as well as representing a gentle beauty & style that is intelligent & graceful, just like my mom, so it suits her perfectly.
LovelyLibraLady  5/31/2020
JOO-dith in English. [noted -ed]
RHAWK3935  11/16/2019
I’m not Jewish but this name sounds a lot like Jude or Judas which are also Christian.
nylonpanda  10/22/2019
Judith is the feminine form of "Judah" which means "praise." My name is Judith, and I was given the name because it meant praise, like Judah. I grew up being called "Judy" but started going by Judith after high school. I don't like being called by something that is not my actual name, but my family and people I grew up with still call me "Judy" so I tolerate it.
― Anonymous User  8/13/2019
Similar to another user, this is my grandmother’s name, and she goes by Judy. I love the name Judith. I think it’s so pretty and strong, and I would love to hear it on a young girl. I love the nickname Judy too!
― Anonymous User  6/30/2019
My grandmother's name was Judith and she went by Judy. I think it is a lovely and strong sounding name, just as she was. I would love to see this name return.
― Anonymous User  6/4/2019
Judith More is one of the four female characters in Alma De Groen's 2002 play WICKED SISTERS. Her motto is “My first responsibility is to myself”. She works in PR and suffers from binge eating out of a chronic sense of guilt about living on deceit. She has been played by Barbara Stephens and Elizabeth Dimon.
Harmonide  4/6/2019
Maybe just a little dated, but still nice.
edg0123  10/6/2018
I'm not a big fan but I do like the nickname 'Judy'. Overall I prefer the original Yehudit.
futuremother99  10/6/2018
Very frumpy and old fashioned.
kayisforkeen  9/30/2018
A simple, yet strong and intelligent sounding name. It would be lovely to meet a young person named Judith nowadays.
SylvieNyx  9/24/2018
I like Judith, it's a no-nonsense name, with no frills, yet it manages to be pretty. It suits both a young girl and an old woman.
― Anonymous User  8/23/2018
Judith Loftus is a minor character in "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain. She exposes Huck Finn, who is dressed as a girl, as a boy after conversing with him about Jim's whereabouts.
― Anonymous User  2/8/2018
This name should be listed in the category 'Books of the Bible', like the names Genesis, Esther, and Amos. Though some Bibles omit this book, it is included in the Catholic Bible.
― Anonymous User  12/2/2017
The name Judith was given to 313 girls born in the US in 2016.
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Judith are female.
― Anonymous User  6/6/2017
Judith Grimes is the name of Rick Grimes' daughter from the TV show the Walking Dead.
― Anonymous User  11/22/2016
One reason why I dislike this name is due to Judge Judy (Real name, Judith) association
― Anonymous User  5/20/2016
Judith Jamison is an American dancer and choreographer, best known as the Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
― Anonymous User  12/15/2015
The actress who played the little girl from The City of Lost Children is named Judith Vittet.
Mythology1  8/2/2014
We need this name back. It's still a really good name.
Jason Malcolm  3/12/2014
This name is pretty, sweet and quite uncommon nowadays. It would be soo refreshing to hear on a little girl. I have a thing for names ending in -ith :P.
Oohvintage  7/21/2013
I think it's funny that the name Judith wasn't very common until after the Protestant Reformation, but Protestants generally don't regard the Book of Judith as part of the Bible. Anyway, it's a great name with the option of 2 cute nicknames: Judy or Jody!
thesnowwhiterose  5/27/2013
My niece's name is Judith but she hates her name so we have to call her Judy.
It is a pity because I think that Judith is a very elegant name for a strong girl!
Eretria  12/23/2012
Judith (1054-1092) was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Henry III and his second wife Agnes.
CarolinW  7/20/2012
Judith (844-870) was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Charles the Bald and his wife Ermentrude.
CarolinW  7/20/2012
My name is Judith. My family speaks Spanish and we pronounce it: Who-Deet; deet like in the word beet but with a D instead.
Judyjudii  6/30/2012
I wouldn't apply this name solely to an older woman, I could imagine a young girl with it; though I would imagine her as being Jewish. :P
I think this is a very pretty name, that is sophisticated. It's a name that a girl could grow old with, and it would still suit her.
xsai  3/22/2012
I was told it means (Judith) one who praises God.
JudithLynn  8/25/2011
This is also used as a feminine form of the name "Judah" meaning "Praise." That's the meaning I was named for.
judygal86  7/11/2011
Lovely! I especially like the French pronunciation.
Chrila96  10/29/2010
I absolutely love this name. Very glamorous and old-wordly to me.
IrishKisses  9/15/2010
It's pretty, strong, and mature. But please don't shorten it to Judy.
Black_X  7/2/2010
I knew a little girl named Judith, who was named this because her family was Jewish, and her father European. But it was the weirdest name ever for a little tomboy growing up in America! Be careful with this name.
JW41926  5/4/2010
My mother told me that my middle name is Diane because it means GODDESS and she wanted a meaningful phrase behind my name and since Judith means PRAISED she thought that would work.

There must be a lot of us from the 1940's who meet the description given earlier of a little Jewish tomboy with a European father. Otherwise, the person who made that comment earlier, knew ME! :)
― Anonymous User  12/15/2015
Judith Wurmbrand, daughter-in-law of Voice of the Martyrs founder Richard Wurmbrand, and author of a book about her escape from Communist Romania to Israel. Today she goes by Judy.
Atarah Derek  10/19/2009
A famous bearer is Judith Butler - an American post-structuralist philosopher, who has contributed to the fields of feminism, queer theory, political philosophy, and ethics.
ADT  7/30/2009
A famous bearer would be child actress Judith Barsi. She was famous during the 1980s for roles in animated films such as The Land Before Time (where she played Ducky) and All Dogs Go To Heaven (where she played Anne-Marie). However, her life came to a tragic end when, at the age of ten, she and her mother were murdered by her father. All Dogs Go To Heaven was released posthumously, and was dedicated to her.
DestructoGirl  7/6/2009
Judith as a name has the the same meaning as Jude or Judah. The original meaning of Judah in Hebrew is: the praise of the Lord; confession - according to Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary.

In the New Testament Epistle of Jude, the name Jude is written as follows:

In the New Testament, when the name Judah is written in Greek, and refers to the tribe of Judah - Judah is written as follows:

In the original Old Testament story of the birth of the baby Judah, it is said that the baby's mother, Leah, named the baby Judah - and then said: "Now will I praise the LORD." (Genesis 29:35)

In Hebrew, Judah is written as follows:

Although It IS possible, I guess, to name a girl baby Jude - especially if the baby's birth meant that the family believed: "Now will I praise the Lord," it should be noted that Judith is the feminine form of Judah - and also means The praise of the Lord - or Confessing the praise of the Lord.

Judith was a brave widow who saved her countrymen by tricking a foreign leader and then getting rid of him - permanently. The Book of Judith is included in some Bibles but is excluded from most Protestant and Jewish canons. Mainly because many of the "historical" details contained in the book have never been verified. Therefore, there is some difference of opinion as to whether to book of Judith relates a factual occurrence - or was just a story which gained popularity during that time period. Whether historical or not - I would think that a little girl could easily feel honored to carry the name of Judith.

Genesis 26:34 ALSO mentions a woman named Judith who was married to Esau, the twin brother of Jacob and, therefore, the daughter-in-law of Isaac and Rebekah.

In Hebrew, the name Judith is written as follows:

However, whether you render the name as Jude, Judas, Judah or Judith - the ORIGINAL meaning of the name remains the same - Praise the Lord or Confessing a praise of the Lord -- "Now will I praise the Lord."
Deborah Reyes  4/23/2009
The meaning "woman from Judea" probably came from the meaning "jewess," seeing as Judea was a Jewish homeland later on. I think this is a beautiful name, and I like names that have a strong women behind them!
britto08  3/18/2009
This name has a very Hebrew feel to it, probably because of the Jew part.
Hushpuppy  10/27/2008
Judith of Schweinfurt (before 1003 – 2 August 1058) was the wife of Břetislav I of Bohemia and the Duchess of Bohemia. She was the daughter of Heinrich, margrave of Nordgau (Bavaria) from the House of Babenberg and his wife Gerberga.
Emilie007  10/23/2008
Judith Kerr is an author.
CutieCupcake  10/12/2008
Judith Marie Keenan, mother of Maynard James Keenan of Tool was the subject of the song "Judith", by A Perfect Circle (side project of the Tool vocalist).
she_assassin  10/6/2008
A famous bearer was Australian actress Judith Anderson (February 10, 1897–January 3 1992). She was well-known for Broadway roles in 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. She won a Tony Award in 1948 in "Medea". She won 2 Emmys for television roles in "Hallmark Hall of Fame" and "Macbeth", as well as receiving an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination in Alfred Hitchcock's "Rebecca" (1940). She received a Grammy nomination for the "Wuthering Heights" recording.
AndrewJKD  3/17/2008
This name does not mean 'woman of Judea' - it was used prior to the region being called Judea and was used on a Hittite woman. Judith is related to the name Judah and means 'praise'.
ElizainEngland  11/23/2007
Judith from The Book of Judith was a brave and beautiful widow who saved her besieged city by charming the invading general, Holofernes: she plied him with wine and sweet talk and when he was asleep, she cut off his head.
Pie  10/22/2007
I cannot believe that a lot of people find this name to be old lady material. This name is far from it. I picture a young lady with dark hair and olive skin with exotic features.
― Anonymous User  10/14/2007
Lol, I love this comment. I sorta associate it with older women because that's when it was most popular so everyone else I meet with the name is my mom's age but I have dark hair, and a slightly dark complexion (probably from a mix of European ancestry including French and German).
judygal86  7/11/2011
Actually Judith (Yiddish: Yehudit) means "praised" or "jewess".
pocketwatch  9/24/2007
Just a comment concerning the meaning being "woman from Judea". Judith was the name of one of Esau's wives in the Old Testament of the Bible. This means that the name is much older than the Kingdom of Judea, since Esau was the brother of Jacob, who was the father of the twelve patriarchs of the twelve tribes of Israel, including Judah.
So the original meaning of the name could not have been "woman from Judea", since the name was clearly in use BEFORE there WAS a place called Judea.
BlueSomehow  8/29/2007
Judith Sheindlin is a judge who has her own court show aka Judge Judy.
joanie2007  8/17/2007
In the book The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Judith is one of Kit's cousins.
― Anonymous User  6/20/2007
Judith (Judy) Smallweed is a character in Charles Dickens' novel "Bleak House."
Kate  5/3/2007
Judith is the name of a major character in Clive Barker's novel Imajica. She lived in London and I could tell you so much about this character but I can't because I don't want to ruin it for those of you who haven't read it.
― Anonymous User  4/21/2007
There are authors named Judith Jance (J A Jance), Judith Kelman, and Judith McNaught.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
Judith was used the most in the 1940's.
― Anonymous User  9/19/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Judith here:
_satu_  9/3/2006
Actress Judith Light played Angela Bower on "Who's the Boss?"
Tudor  6/14/2006
This is also a German name, and in Germany it is pronounced Yu-dit.
Aurelie  6/6/2006
The singer and songwriter of the band Wir Sind Helden is named Judith.
― Anonymous User  6/6/2006
Judith Leyster (1609 - 1660) was a Dutch painter.
Caprice  6/5/2006
There is a famous painting of Judith called "Judith Beheading Holofernes" by Artemisia Gentileschi.
― Anonymous User  4/26/2006
Judith was the name of Shakespeare's daughter.
Jeana Bradbury  2/6/2006
In one of our Learning German videos, there was a girl named Judith from Aurich and she pronounced it as "yoo-DIT".
Claire H  11/19/2005
Try the spelling JUDETH.
dimplet  11/3/2005
This name sounds like a strong, wise woman.
Alma  11/1/2005

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