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Origin and Meaning of Dude

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Dude
A kind of dandy; especially, one characterized by an ultrafashionable style of dress and other affectations.
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  1. A man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
  2. An informal form of address for a man

Origin uncertain, though likely derived from doodle (“fool, simpleton, mindless person”), perhaps with reference to the fashionable “Yankee Doodle dandy” in the 18th-century lyrics of the song “Yankee Doodle”; the word is first attested in 1883 as a New York City slang term of contempt for a “fastidious man, fop”.

It has also been suggested that the word is derived from dudes (“old rags”; compare duds) and dudesman (“scarecrow”), or possibly related to dawdle; to German Low German Dudeldop, Dudendop (“fool, dunce”), from Middle Low German dudendop (“cuckold; simpleton”); or to Saterland Frisian Duddigegen (“idiot”).

  1. (colloquial) A man, generally a younger man.
    So we were at the mall and these two just walk up to us and say "hi".
  2. (colloquial, used in the vocative) A term of address for someone, typically a man, particularly when cautioning him or offering him advice.
    , I'd be careful around the principal; he's having a bad day.
    Watch it, ; you almost knocked me over.
  3. An inexperienced cowboy.
  4. (slang) A tourist.
  5. (archaic) A man who is very concerned about his dress and appearance; a dandy, a fop.

dude was also found in the following language(s): Asturian, Middle English, Slovene, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Dude

Dude Harlino is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1989 to present. Dude was born on December 2nd, 1980 in Jakarta, Indonesia.


Dude Esterbrook was a baseball player. Dude was born on June 20th, 1857 in Staten Island. Dude is also known as Esterbrook and Thomas John. He breathed his last breath on April 20th, 1901.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Dude

Devin the Dude is a hip hop music rapping and record producer. He plays Vocals and Human voice. He was most active from 1992 to present. Devin was given the name Devin Copeland on June 4th, 1970 in Pontiac, Michigan.



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Popularity of Dude as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dude U.S.
  White 53.11% 64.26%
  African American 8.13% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.39% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 27.75% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 5.26% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.35% 16.26%

Of Last Name Dude

People with the last name Dude are most frequently White or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Dude

  • How Popular is the name Dude? Dude is the 48,819th most popular name of all time. As a last name Dude was the 88,685th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Dude have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 45 babies born with the first name Dude in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dude? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1912 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Dude first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dude is Wednesday, September 20th, 1882.
  • What year had the most people named Dude born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dude was in 1918 with a total of 8 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Dude: Your name in reverse order is Edud. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ddue. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dude? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 209 people with the last name Dude.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dude? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Dude as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.4m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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).
  • 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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