Bud

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9k
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since 1880
Last Name
164
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Bud mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Bud

"Bud" is a name of American origin, and it means "Messenger, Friend". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bud
Senses
  1. [Bot] A small protuberance on the stem or branches of a plant, containing the rudiments of future leaves, flowers, or stems; an undeveloped branch or flower.
  2. [Biol] A small protuberance on certain low forms of animals and vegetables which develops into a new organism, either free or attached. See Hydra.

Etymology: OE. budde; cf. D. bot, G. butze butz, the core of a fruit, bud, LG. butte in hagebutte, hainbutte, a hip of the dog-rose, or OF. boton, F. bouton, bud, button, OF. boter to bud, push; all akin to E. beat. See Button

verb Bud
Senses
  1. To put forth or produce buds, as a plant; to grow, as a bud does, into a flower or shoot.
  2. To begin to grow, or to issue from a stock in the manner of a bud, as a horn.
  3. To be like a bud in respect to youth and freshness, or growth and promise; as, a budding virgin.
    synonyms: To sprout; germinate; blossom.
verb Bud
To graft, as a plant with another or into another, by inserting a bud from the one into an opening in the bark of the other, in order to raise, upon the budded stock, fruit different from that which it would naturally bear.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A partially opened flower
  2. A swelling on a plant stem consisting of overlapping immature leaves or petals
  3. Start to grow or develop ("a budding friendship")
  4. Develop buds ("The hibiscus is budding!")
Wiktionary

From Middle English budde 'bud, seedpod', from Proto-Germanic *buddǭ (compare Dutch bot 'bud', German Hagebutte ‘hip, rosehip', Butzen 'seedpod', Swedish dialect bodd 'head'), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew-, *bu- (“to swell”).

  1. A newly formed leaf or flower that has not yet unfolded.
    After a long, cold winter, the trees finally began to produce .
  2. (usually uncountable, slang) Potent cannabis taken from the flowering part of the plant (the ), or marijuana generally.
    Hey bro, want to smoke some ?
  3. A small rounded body in the process of splitting from an organism, which may grow into a genetically identical new organism.
    In this slide, you can see a yeast cell forming .
  4. A weaned calf in its first year, so called because the horns are then beginning to bud.

From buddy.

  1. (informal) Buddy, friend.
    I like to hang out with my on Saturday night.
  2. (informal) used to address a male

    bud was also found in the following language(s): Czech, Danish, Lojban, Norwegian Bokmål, Scots, Swedish, and Volapük

    Notable Persons Named Bud

    Bud Spencer is an actor and filmmaker. His ongoing career started in 1951. Bud was given the name Carlo Pedersoli on October 31st, 1929 in Naples, Italy. Bud is also known as Bud Spencer, Pedersoli, and Carlo.

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    Bud Abbott was an actor, comedian, and producer. He was most prominent from 1924 to 1967. Bud was given the name William Alexander Abbott on October 2nd, 1897 in Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States. He left this life on April 24th, 1974.

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    He has had major accomplishments since 1967. Bud was given the name Walter Edward Cox on March 29th, 1948 in New Rochelle, New York, U.S.

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    Bud Powell was a jazz and bebop musician. He was most active from 1944 to 1965. Bud was given the name Earl Rudolph Powell on September 27th, 1924 in Harlem, New York, United States. He left this life on July 31st, 1966.

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    Bud Selig is a Commissioner Emeritus of Baseball and Commissioner of Baseball. Bud was born on July 30th, 1934 in Milwaukee.

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    Bud Grant is a football player for the Minneapolis Lakers. Bud was born on May 20th, 1927 in Superior, Wisconsin.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Bud

    Cristian Bud is a soccer player for the CFR Cluj, FCM Baia Mare, CF Liberty Oradea, CS Gaz Metan Mediaș, FC Bihor Oradea, Debreceni VSC, CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu, and FC Milsami Orhei. Cristian was born on June 26th, 1985 in Baia Mare.

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    János was born on May 30th, 1880 in Dragomirești, Maramureș. He died on August 7th, 1950.

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    How popular is the baby name Bud in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1880 37 0 37
    1881 38 0 38
    1882 33 0 33
    1883 42 0 42
    1884 42 0 42
    1885 44 0 44
    1886 33 0 33
    1887 36 0 36
    1888 48 0 48
    1889 48 0 48
    1890 47 0 47
    1891 29 0 29
    1892 39 0 39
    1893 37 0 37
    1894 35 0 35
    1895 33 0 33
    1896 35 0 35
    1897 43 0 43
    1898 36 0 36
    1899 25 0 25
    1900 40 0 40
    1901 30 0 30
    1902 24 0 24
    1903 32 0 32
    1904 36 0 36
    1905 33 0 33
    1906 39 0 39
    1907 31 0 31
    1908 40 0 40
    1909 35 0 35
    1910 52 0 52
    1911 62 0 62
    1912 90 0 90
    1913 89 0 89
    1914 98 0 98
    1915 130 0 130
    1916 153 0 153
    1917 176 0 176
    1918 183 0 183
    1919 169 0 169
    1920 187 0 187
    1921 190 0 190
    1922 179 0 179
    1923 189 0 189
    1924 174 0 174
    1925 176 0 176
    1926 187 0 187
    1927 205 0 205
    1928 215 0 215
    1929 180 0 180
    1930 177 0 177
    1931 208 0 208
    1932 154 0 154
    1933 166 0 166
    1934 162 0 162
    1935 153 0 153
    1936 156 0 156
    1937 130 0 130
    1938 110 0 110
    1939 96 0 96
    1940 96 0 96
    1941 83 0 83
    1942 109 0 109
    1943 88 0 88
    1944 97 0 97
    1945 82 0 82
    1946 104 0 104
    1947 106 0 106
    1948 101 0 101
    1949 127 0 127
    1950 118 0 118
    1951 93 0 93
    1952 99 0 99
    1953 100 0 100
    1954 84 0 84
    1955 121 0 121
    1956 97 0 97
    1957 130 0 130
    1958 112 0 112
    1959 142 0 142
    1960 119 0 119
    1961 94 0 94
    1962 73 0 73
    1963 70 0 70
    1964 63 0 63
    1965 73 0 73
    1966 50 0 50
    1967 45 0 45
    1968 49 0 49
    1969 41 0 41
    1970 40 0 40
    1971 42 0 42
    1972 38 0 38
    1973 31 0 31
    1974 32 0 32
    1975 37 0 37
    1976 27 0 27
    1977 28 0 28
    1978 33 0 33
    1979 33 0 33
    1980 41 0 41
    1981 43 0 43
    1982 40 0 40
    1983 46 0 46
    1984 22 0 22
    1985 37 0 37
    1986 32 0 32
    1987 34 0 34
    1988 33 0 33
    1989 33 0 33
    1990 29 0 29
    1991 20 0 20
    1992 13 0 13
    1993 22 0 22
    1994 11 0 11
    1995 11 0 11
    1996 15 0 15
    1997 11 0 11
    1998 8 0 8
    1999 7 0 7
    2000 6 0 6
    2001 10 0 10
    2003 9 0 9
    2006 13 0 13
    2007 12 0 12
    2010 8 0 8
    2011 6 0 6
    2013 7 0 7
    2014 12 0 12
    2015 8 0 8
    2016 10 0 10
    2017 11 0 11

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    Popularity of Bud as a first name

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    Popularity of Bud as a last name

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    Common last names for Bud

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Bud U.S.
      White 68.90% 64.26%
      African American 4.27% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 17.68% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 4.88% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Bud

    People with the last name Bud are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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    Fun Facts about the name Bud

    • What name lists does Bud rank for?
    • How Popular is the name Bud? Bud is the 2,598th most popular name of all time. As a last name Bud was the 108,199th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Bud have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 9,423 babies born with the first name Bud in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bud to occupy the country of Saint Barth with an estimated population of 8,902 (as of January 1, 2009).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bud? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 37 new born babies.
    • When was Bud first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bud is Friday, February 16th, 1872.
    • What year had the most people named Bud born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bud was in 1928 with a total of 215 babies.
    • Random Bud Factoid: According to the 1930 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Bud ranks 102nd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Idaho. Imagine that, 9 babies in Idaho have the same name as you in 1930.
    • Weird things about the name Bud: Your name in reverse order is Dub. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dub. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Bud? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 164 people with the last name Bud.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bud? Bud is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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