|Related Names:||Judah, Jude, Judee, Judey, Judi, Judith, Judye|
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HISTORY AND ORIGIN
Judy is a familiar derivative of the Hebrew name Judith, which is the Anglicized form of the name Yehidit. Although its meaning is often inferred to be 'of Judea' or 'Jewess', its original meaning is more likely to be that of 'praised' or 'admired'.  The logic behind that conclusion is based on the Biblical record. The Bible records Esau's wife as being named Judith before there was a Judah born to his brother Jacob and at least 400 years before Moses was given the Ten Commandments. The Israelites would not enter into the land of Canaan for another forty years and there would not be a Judea until after that, so name could not have originally been related to Judea. There is a similar case against the meaning of Jewess as the Jews were not known by that name until Israel was divided into the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah.
From the forties through the sixties, Judy was one of the most popular girls' names in the United States and virtually tied with its more formal variant of Judith. In the forties it was ranked at 14 compared to Judith's ranking of 9. While both names have been in decline in more recent years, Judy's has been much steeper and actually went off the chart of the top 1000 names after 1998. Judith is still on chart and in 2006 was the 577th most popular girl's name. 
- Although part of almost every impersonator's imitation of Cary Grant includes the line 'Judy, Judy, Judy', no one is sure how it all got started. There is the theory that it came from his movie, Only Angels have Wings, however although Rita Hayworth's character was named 'Judy', Grant's character never said the now famous line. Grant has his own theory. He believes that during a casual conversation discussing an introduction he was going to be giving for Judy Garland, he may have actually repeated her name several times. But regardless where it came from, he was constantly requested to say the phrase for every woman named Judy he met. 
- Judy Garland was an American actress who will always be remembered for her portrayal of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and her rendition of Over the Rainbow. She is also famous for her ten movies made with Mickey Rooney and was nominated for Academy Awards for A Star is Born and Judgment at Nuremberg. She received her only Oscar for her work as a teen actress in 1939, most significantly for her contribution to The Wizard of Oz. 
- Judy Collins is a popular folksinger/songwriter who is probably best known for Grammy winning Both Sides Now and her rendition of Stephen Sondheim's Send in the Clowns. She sang at Bill Clinton's presidential inauguration in 1993, perhaps because her song Chelsea Morning was the inspiration for the Clinton's daughter's name.
- Judy Sheindlin is better known to the American viewing public as Judge Judy. Sheindlin caught the attention of the media from an article in the Los Angeles Times that depicted her as the one of the most vocal family court judges in America. That led to a piece on 60 Minutes that got television producers interested in her doing a reality courtroom show. Her show has been the most watched show of its type since 1996 and has been nominated for 10 Daytime Emmy awards. The judge even has a star on the walk of fame.
- Judy Garland, whose given name was Francis Gumm, took the name 'Judy' from the Hoagy Carmichael song. 
- Crosby, Stills, and Nash's song, Suite:Judy Blue Eyes was written by Stephen Stills for Judy Collins. 
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