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Gender Female
Language(s) Hebrew
Meaning Praised one; Woman from Judea
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Nickname(s) Judy

Judith is a female given name. It comes from the Hebrew word Yəhûḏîṯ, meaning either "praised one" or "a woman from Judea". The name's popularity goes back to the story told below.


In the first half of the 1st millennium BC, an Assyrian king, Nebuchadnezzar, wanted to conquer Israel. An Israeli woman, called Judith, went to Nebuchadnezzar's general, Holofernes. Holofernes used to drink wine. When he was drunk, Judith cut off his head and saved Israel.

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