Buddy

First Name
22k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
152
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Buddy

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

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities
Wiktionary
  • Colloquial butty (1802), meaning companion, also the form of an older dialect term meaning workmate, associated with coal mining. Itself believed derived from booty fellow (1530), a partner with whom one shares booty or loot. [1]
  • Sometimes referred to in North American dictionaries as an alteration of brother.
  1. A friend or casual acquaintance.
    They have been since they were in school.
  2. A partner for a particular activity.
    drinking
  3. An informal and friendly address to a stranger; a friendly placeholder name for a person one does not know.
    Hey, , I think you dropped this.

Notable Persons Named Buddy

Buddy Holly was a rock, roll, rockabilly, and pop music musician. He plays Fender Stratocaster. He was most active from 1955 to 1959. Buddy was given the name Charles Hardin Holley on September 7th, 1936 in Lubbock, Texas, U.S. He passed away on February 3rd, 1959.

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Buddy Rich was a jazz, big band, swing music, and bebop musician, songwriter, bandleader, and actor. He was most active from 1919 to 1987. Buddy was given the name Bernard Rich on September 30th, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. Buddy is also known as Traps the Drum Wonder, B", Traps the Drum Wonder (as a boy), and B" (as an adult). He left this life on April 2nd, 1987.

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Buddy was born on September 26th, 1988 in Melbourne.

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Buddy Ebsen was an actor/dancer and actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1928 to 2001. Buddy was given the name Christian Ludolf Ebsen, Jr. on April 2nd, 1908 in Belleville, Illinois, U.S. He passed away on July 6th, 2003.

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Buddy Ryan is an american football player. Buddy was born on February 17th, 1934 in Frederick, Oklahoma.

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Buddy Guy is a chicago blues, electric blues, and blues rock musician, songwriter, and musician (magazine). He plays Guitar, vocals, and Fender Stratocaster. He has had major accomplishments since 1953. Buddy was given the name George Guy on July 30th, 1936 in Lettsworth, Louisiana, United States.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Buddy

Buddy is a fictional character.

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Brandon Buddy is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 2006. Brandon was given the name Brandon Robert Stripling Buddy on November 26th, 1984 in Texas.

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He was most prominent from 1936 to 1966. Charles was born on October 4th, 1887 in St. Joseph, Missouri. He died on March 6th, 1966.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1893 5 0 5
1894 7 0 7
1896 11 0 11
1898 5 0 5
1899 5 0 5
1900 10 0 10
1901 8 0 8
1902 15 0 15
1903 6 0 6
1904 11 0 11
1905 8 0 8
1906 15 0 15
1907 18 0 18
1908 15 0 15
1909 15 0 15
1910 40 0 40
1911 16 0 16
1912 34 0 34
1913 51 0 51
1914 67 0 67
1915 64 0 64
1916 69 0 69
1917 72 0 72
1918 97 0 97
1919 94 0 94
1920 103 0 103
1921 112 0 112
1922 126 0 126
1923 130 0 130
1924 177 0 177
1925 178 6 172
1926 226 0 226
1927 260 0 260
1928 257 6 251
1929 355 0 355
1930 437 0 437
1931 464 0 464
1932 468 0 468
1933 519 0 519
1934 516 0 516
1935 604 0 604
1936 528 5 523
1937 551 0 551
1938 528 7 521
1939 500 0 500
1940 453 5 448
1941 456 0 456
1942 507 5 502
1943 434 5 429
1944 402 0 402
1945 322 0 322
1946 366 0 366
1947 379 0 379
1948 354 0 354
1949 344 0 344
1950 379 0 379
1951 369 0 369
1952 316 0 316
1953 331 0 331
1954 329 0 329
1955 360 0 360
1956 345 0 345
1957 352 0 352
1958 350 0 350
1959 319 0 319
1960 357 0 357
1961 378 0 378
1962 335 0 335
1963 303 0 303
1964 279 0 279
1965 259 0 259
1966 217 0 217
1967 214 0 214
1968 191 0 191
1969 213 0 213
1970 188 0 188
1971 215 0 215
1972 231 0 231
1973 204 0 204
1974 174 0 174
1975 179 0 179
1976 170 0 170
1977 185 0 185
1978 174 0 174
1979 168 0 168
1980 145 6 139
1981 156 0 156
1982 174 0 174
1983 138 0 138
1984 130 0 130
1985 116 0 116
1986 121 0 121
1987 116 0 116
1988 104 0 104
1989 97 0 97
1990 98 0 98
1991 80 0 80
1992 65 0 65
1993 78 0 78
1994 48 0 48
1995 41 0 41
1996 45 0 45
1997 55 0 55
1998 44 0 44
1999 29 0 29
2000 40 0 40
2001 36 0 36
2002 35 0 35
2003 40 0 40
2004 37 0 37
2005 41 0 41
2006 25 0 25
2007 32 0 32
2008 28 0 28
2009 43 0 43
2010 22 0 22
2011 27 0 27
2012 37 0 37
2013 23 0 23
2014 34 0 34
2015 27 0 27
2016 28 0 28
2017 28 0 28

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Popularity of Buddy as a first name

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Popularity of Buddy as a last name

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Common last names for Buddy

  • Smith
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Baker
  • Taylor
  • Rogers
  • Walker
  • Adams

Common first names for Buddy

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Buddy U.S.
  White 63.82% 64.26%
  African American 25.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.95% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 5.26% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Buddy

People with the last name Buddy are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Buddy

  • What name lists does Buddy rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Buddy? Buddy is the 1,602nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Buddy was the 115,034th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Buddy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 22,361 babies born with the first name Buddy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Buddy to occupy the territory of Caribbean Netherlands (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 21,133 (as of January 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Buddy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1893 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Buddy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Buddy is Tuesday, June 28th, 1881.
  • What year had the most people named Buddy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Buddy was in 1935 with a total of 604 babies.
  • Random Buddy Factoid: According to the 1937 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Buddy ranks 92nd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Arkansas. Imagine that, 36 babies in Arkansas have the same name as you in 1937.
  • Weird things about the name Buddy: Your name in reverse order is Yddub. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Udbyd. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Buddy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 152 people with the last name Buddy.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Buddy? Buddy is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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