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Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show was originally supposed to be a male character, but the actor who auditioned and won the part (Keshia Knight-Pulliam) was so good that they made Rudy a female character and gave her a more feminine full name to go with it: Rudith Lillian Huxtable. I don't think Rudith is a real name, but maybe she's supposed to be named after relatives named Ruth and Judith.
― Anonymous User  9/26/2018
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Strange. I've only met girls with the name Rudy, so I always thought it was a feminine name. You learn something new everyday.
Luvbug86  9/4/2018
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The first thing that comes to mind is the little blond boy in The Book Thief. It's a cute nickname for Rudolph.
kayisforkeen  8/11/2018
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Rudy is the perfect name for your blonde little boy.
Prime Meridian  6/11/2018
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The name Rudy was given to 261 boys born in the US in 2016.
94.44 percent of people with the first name Rudy are male.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2017
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This is actually my mother-in-law's name. Her mother saw the name in a newspaper article and loved it. She's the only female Rudy I know or have heard of, unless you count Rudy Huxtable from The Cosby Show.
― Anonymous User  9/12/2016
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My name is Rudy and I like it. Maybe not as much when I was young, but I love it now. My father is named Rodolfo and wanted to give me a more American name.
digital4536  1/25/2016
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I think this would be horrible for a person, but my cat's name is Rudy, and it fits him perfectly.
― Anonymous User  3/11/2015
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I completely agree with Lady Seashell! I didn't like Rudy that much until I read that book (which, by the way, is so good). Now I really like the name. When you hear about a person that do such heroic things like Rudy does in "The Book Thief" it's impossible to dislike that person's name.
Dahlis  11/29/2009
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I can't believe how many commentators feel the need to tell people how very much they dislike Rudy as a given name.

There is a definition for diminutive provided on that page. It says: A diminutive (or pet name) of a given name is a short and/or affectionate form. Often they are only used by friends and relatives.

The name Rudy is used in many countries. They speak different first/native languages in these countries. Many people study English as a foreign/second language and some of them use BtN as a source for information about names. It is certainly one of the most reliable sources on the net. :)

In most languages "rude" does not mean anything.

I like Rudy as a nickname. My German paternal grandfather had a brother who died at a young age. His name was Rudy. I like the old fashioned sound of it. In addition to it it is known in many countries and easy to pronounce.
Swiff  8/26/2009
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Sounds juvenile as a given name, and of course brings to mind the annoying Rudy Giuliani.
bananarama  7/25/2009
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Rudy Steiner is a character in the AMAZING novel "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak.
He's a young boy from a poor family living in Germany during World War Two, who would run through the streets pretending to be Jesse Owens, and became the main character Liesel's best friend.
I don't want to ruin the book for anyone, so I won't tell you anything else about him, but many people I've talked to who read "The Book Thief" consider him their favorite character (including me.) I didn't like the name Rudy/Rudolph before, but, to me at least, Rudy in "The Book Thief" gave me a better image, although I still wouldn't name my kid this. :)
Lady Seashell  11/29/2008
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Why do people still use this name on their sons? It basically sounds like the word 'rude' with an 'e' sound added to it, and it has quite an old-fashioned sound to it, and not in a charming, classy way. It's more of a nackname, and thus a bit inofficial-sounding and boyish despite being so dated, and who wants the name of their son to remind people of Rudy Giuliani anyway?
slight night shiver  5/5/2008
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I strongly dislike any name that has the word "rude" in it.
― Anonymous User  11/14/2006
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Rudy is the name of a 1993 movie starring Sean Astin.
stillbreathingxx  8/12/2006
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Very cute!
― Anonymous User  3/11/2006
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Rudy can be used for a girl as well can't it? Sure, doesn't Jude Law & Sadie Frost have a daughter called Rudy? The Specials also have a song called "A Message To You Rudy."
cyndi  2/12/2006
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Actually, Jude Law and Sadie Frost have a SON who is named Rudy.
― Anonymous User  3/24/2007
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Rudy Giuliani is the famous mayor of New York City who pulled the city together after the 9/11 destruction of the Twin Towers. He is known as "America's Mayor."
breakofday  12/16/2005
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Rudy was used for the youngest daughter on The Cosby Show (but that character was supposed to be a boy, Bill Cosby made Rudy a girl when that little actress came to the audition).
― Anonymous User  12/13/2005

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