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Meaning and Name Origin

Claudia \c-lau-dia\ as a girls' name is pronounced KLAW-dee-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Claudia is "lame". Feminine of Cladius (see Claude). Biblical: a Christian woman of Rome greeted by Paul in his second letter to Timothy. The name was thus used by those looking for religious names which were not those of saints. It has been recorded for use from the 16th century. Literary: Colette's novel was named "Claudine at School". Actresses Claudette Colbert, Claudia Cardinale; model Claudia Schiffer.


Claudia has 20 variants: Cacau, Claude, Claudee, Claudella, Claudelle, Claudetta, Claudette, Claudex, Claudey, Claudiane, Claudie, Claudina, Claudine, Claudy, Clodia, Klaudia, Klaudie, Klava, Klavdiya and Klodia.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Clodagh and Gladys.

Claudia has 1 more related form via Claudine: Claudean.


Claudia is a very prominent first name for women (#234 out of 4276, Top 5%) but an uncommon last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Claudia for girls. Claudia reached its apex rank of #149 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, and is at #724 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Claudia name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Claudia outside U.S.

Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Claudia and related names. Clodagh, Gladys, Claudine, Claudie, Claudette and Claude are the popular related forms of Claudia (#724 the previous year) ranked in the Top 1000. Usage of these girl names was at its apex during 1930-1939 and has become significantly less since, with the versions Claudia, Gladys, Claudine, Claudie and Claudette falling out of style. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Claude, Claudette, Claudia, Claudie, Claudine, Gladys in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Claudia, Clodagh outside U.S.