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
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
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
Rudy is the perfect name for your blonde little boy.
Prime Meridian  6/11/2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sounds juvenile as a given name, and of course brings to mind the annoying Rudy Giuliani.
bananarama  7/25/2009
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
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
I strongly dislike any name that has the word "rude" in it.
― Anonymous User  11/14/2006
Rudy is the name of a 1993 movie starring Sean Astin.
stillbreathingxx  8/12/2006
Very cute!
― Anonymous User  3/11/2006
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
Actually, Jude Law and Sadie Frost have a SON who is named Rudy.
― Anonymous User  3/24/2007
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
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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