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Jude vs. Masculine vs. Feminine

My favorite boy name is Jude. My husband really wants a strong, masculine name. He is concerned that Jude may be a name that people will start calling girls and, therefore, isn’t keen on using it. What do you think? Will it likely become a unisex name? If not, what makes it particularly masculine sounding?

The Top Baby Name is...

Name Votes
Jude 0% (0 votes)
Masculine 68% (15 votes)
Feminine 32% (7 votes)


You could use Judah nn Jude
posted by guest :: 2013-07-05 11:01:55 | report
Jude is whatever you make it.
It’s fine for a boy. Fine for a girl.

If your husband is concerned, then nix the name. Girls have been named Jude for ages and if that bothers you, pick a different name.
posted by guest :: 2013-07-05 11:02:02 | report
It already is unisex. That, and I consider it more on the feminine side of unisex.

Here are some other names for consideration:

posted by guest :: 2013-07-05 11:04:25 | report
I always thought it was very masculine, what with the long U sound. June was the feminine version as far as I’m considered. I always thought Jude was all boy.
posted by guest :: 2013-07-05 11:06:28 | report
It is not unisex at all. That is frankly ridiculous.

This is a Biblical name with a looooong history... as a man’s name. No way on earth anyone’s first instinct is that this is feminine. Jude is quite a well known man’s name.

Honestly, if we are concerned about Jude becoming unisex, absolutely no man’s name is safe. Really. Parents that are bent on using a man’s name for a little girl will use literally anything. Just use the name you love for your little boy. No one in their right mind would tease him for having a feminine name.
posted by guest: Sara :: 2013-07-05 11:07:34 | report
I feel like this a fake poll, made after the poll yesterday about Jude for a girl, and I feel like the responses calling Jude feminine are FAKE too. This smells like a phony... especially because yesterday no one on the entire forum thought Jude was remotely unisex. Hmmmmmm.
posted by guest: Sara :: 2013-07-05 11:08:46 | report
Jude is unisex already. Granted, recently it has been used more for boys, but I’ve known 2 girls with this name.
posted by guest :: 2013-07-05 11:08:52 | report
According to babynamesworld, it’s unisex.
posted by guest :: 2013-07-05 11:09:27 | report
I think of it as a boy’s name but I do know one girl named Jude. Judah is all boy!
posted by guest :: 2013-07-05 11:09:38 | report
Just because idiot parents use a boy’s name for a girl doesn’t make the name unisex.
posted by guest :: 2013-07-05 11:12:07 | report
I agree this is a fake poll with fake responses. I base this on yesterday’s poll about the exact same subject.

Grow up, people.
posted by guest :: 2013-07-05 11:12:55 | report
Look the name Jude up, on several websites. It is unisex.
posted by guest :: 2013-07-05 11:13:06 | report
"Just because idiot parents use a boy’s name for a girl doesn’t make the name unisex."

Good quote.
posted by guest :: 2013-07-05 11:18:15 | report
Jude is unisex
posted by guest :: 2013-07-05 11:18:58 | report
Its not unisex you uneducated fools, its a boys name! A few ignorant people use boys names on girls they are still boys names though.
posted by guest :: 2013-07-05 11:46:39 | report
Look up the name Jude you ’uneducated fool’. It is unisex.
posted by guest :: 2013-07-05 11:48:49 | report
Parents connect may list it as used on both but clearly states

"Jude, a form of Judah, is a MALE name, but it is also used as a feminine nickname (usually for Judith). Jude is used in the Bible opposite Judas Iscariot to distinguish between the two apostles of the same name. In popular culture the name is associated with the Beatles song ’Hey Jude’, and also with the actor Jude Law. In 2006 Jude was the 330th most popular boy’s name in the US. It broke into the UK top 100 in 2003-4."
posted by guest :: 2013-07-05 11:49:26 | report
I just found and read yesterday’s poll that many of you are referring to. First of all, it is kind of baffling that most responses on my poll say "unisex" whereas on the other, there is a strong pull towards Jude being masculine.

Second, I have to say that it has been really disappointing and saddening to have this poll judged so quickly as fake, and to be called out as "phony" and given comments like "grow up". Agreeing on a name has been a 9 month challenge for my husband and I, and has become quite a stress & emotional weight to me as we are now only 1 week from our due date. I just joined this group today and thought maybe it would be helpful to get some others to weigh in in our dilemma, but these comments were quite discouraging. I am a REAL person who was just seeking REAL help.

Thank you to those who gave helpful advice! I appreciate it.
posted by gpm :: 2013-07-05 11:56:53 | report
"Uneducated fool"? Why are people like this?
posted by gpm :: 2013-07-05 11:58:03 | report
Obviously sick of such who say masculine names are "unisex" such people who don’t respect the names origin and traditional gender.
posted by guest :: 2013-07-05 12:00:48 | report
Don’t take these people seriously poster, Jude is definitely masculine and not unisex its biblically masculine.

A lot of people on here think all masculine names are unisex and ok for girls. I’ve heard people on here calling their daughters Elliot, Michael and Ryan so don’t take them seriously.
posted by guest :: 2013-07-05 12:08:10 | report
If you want to know the gender of the name, don’t be lazy and GOOGLE IT!! Although Jude is a predominantly male name, there are alot of websites that list it as unisex. If you have doubts about the gender, or it not been masculine enough, then no matter how hard finding a name has been, it may be best to just find another. If you really don’t want to then just go with Jude. It is masculine enough that he won’t get picked on.
posted by guest :: 2013-07-05 12:17:40 | report
Love the name Jude for a boy!
posted by guest :: 2013-07-05 12:26:58 | report
It is definitely a boys name, even in USA where parents have that "boys names on girls fad".

Jude came to #162 in 2012, in America whereas Jude didn’t even show up in the top 1000 for girls in America.

So you can safely say A)its traditionally masculine even in the bible and B) its not really used on girls much at all.
posted by guest :: 2013-07-05 12:27:26 | report
BTW that 162 popularity was only on boys, it may be obvious but thought I should say so anyway.
posted by guest: last poster :: 2013-07-05 12:31:33 | report

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