First name origins & meanings:

  1. Old English: Herald
  2. German: To puff up

First name variations: Buddy, Buddie, Bud

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. English: from an Old English byname, Budde, which was applied to a thickset or plump person. By the Middle English period it had become a common personal name, with derivatives formed with hypocoristic suffixes, Budecok and Budekin. Reaney derives it from Old English budda ‘beetle’.
  2. Shortened form of German Budde.
  3. John Budd was one of the free planters who assented to the ‘Fundamental Agreement’ of the New Haven Colony on June 4, 1639.
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