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What does Gladys mean?

Gladys /gla-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, used by the poet Martial (13th century) in reference to a noble and beautiful fifth-century princess. The name may also derive from Gwladus, a Welsh name possibly from gwledig meaning "ruler of a country". The name was used in several Edwardian romantic novels. Singer Gladys Knight.

Associated with: noble, beautiful, princess, ruler (queen), novels (literary), knight (warrior)


Gladys has 9 variants: Glad, Gladdis, Gladdys, Gladi, Gladis, Gladyss, Gwladus, Gwladys and Gwyladyss.

Affiliated girl names: Carys and Nerys.

Gladys has 1 more different relation via Claudia: Claudy.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Gadys, Gladysti, ..

(male) Glado, Glasis, ..

How popular is Gladys?

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Gladys for girls. Gladys reached its peak position of #14 in the U.S. in the 1900s, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 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. Carys (#1789 the previous year), Claudia (#724) and Gladis are the prominent variation forms of Gladys rated in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Gladys was well-received 114 years ago (usage of 1.34%) and has become much diminished since (usage 0.02%, 98% less), with forms like Gladys becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gladys, Carys, Claudia, Gladis in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Recommended names are Alexys, Allys, Alys, Ardys, Candys, Gaby, Gada, Galya, Gay, Gaye, Glade, Glaura, Glaw, Glenis, Glennys, Glenys, Glinys, Glinyss (see Glynis), Glory, Glorya, Glyn, Glynis, Goldy, Granya, Ilanys, Karys and Marys. These names tend to be less commonly used than Gladys.