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What does Gladys mean?

Gladys \g-lad-ys, gl(a)-dys\ as a girls' name is pronounced GLAD-iss. It is of Welsh and Latin origin, and the meaning of Gladys is "lame". Variant of Claudia. The name was used in several Edwardian romantic novels. Singer Gladys Knight.


Gladys has 8 variants: Glad, Gladdis, Gladdys, Gladi, Gladis, Gladyss, Gwladys and Gwyladyss.

For more information, see also related girl names Carys and Nerys.

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


Gladys is a very prominent first name for females (#103 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#57090 out of 150436, Top 38%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Gladys for girls. Gladys reached its peak position of #15 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Gladys and corresponding names. Claude, Claudette, Claudia (#724 the previous year), Claudie and Claudine are the prominent variation forms of Gladys rated in the Top 1000. Usage of these girl names reached its most widespread during 1930-1939 (usage of 0.4717%) and has become much less since (usage 0.046%, down 90.2%), with the forms Claudette, Claudia, Claudie, Claudine and Gladys falling out of fashion. (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 outside U.S.