The name Jody ranked 402nd in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
This name is highly rated in the 1990 U.S. Census popularity survey of all ages, but after 1960 does not appear in the state data listing the most popular baby names.
Some authorities dispute this derivation, citing the vowel shift from ''u'' to ''o'' as atypical. They believe the name evolved as a pet form of names begining with the syllable ''Jo-,'' such as Josephine and Joanna.
American social activist. Coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.