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Jude Name Meaning

English, French, and German: from the vernacular form of the Hebrew personal name Yehuda ‘Judah’ (of unknown meaning). In the Bible, this is the name of Jacob’s eldest son. It was not a popular name among Christians in medieval Europe, because of the associations it had with Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Christ for thirty pieces of silver. Among Jews, however, the Hebrew name and its reflexes in various Jewish languages (such as Yiddish Yude) have been popular for generations, and have given rise to many Jewish surnames. French: name for a Jew, Old French jude (Latin Iudaeus, Greek Ioudaios, from Hebrew Yehudi ‘member of the tribe of Judah’). English: from a pet form of Jordan.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Aude, Duke, June, Judge, Rude, Mudd, Jury, Jud, Judd, Ude

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Where is the Jude family from?

You can see how Jude families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jude family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Jude families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 3 Jude families living in Alabama. This was about 25% of all the recorded Jude's in the USA. Alabama and 1 other state had the highest population of Jude families in 1840.
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What did your Jude ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Farm Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Jude. 35% of Jude men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Jude women worked as a Farm Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Jude were Miner and Housekeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Farm Laborer
  • Miner

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Farm Laborer
  • Teacher
  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Jude. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Jude. For the veterans among your Jude ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Jude lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Jude life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2001, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Jude in 1962 was 59, and 69 in 2004.

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