What does Gladys mean?
Gladys [gladys] 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.
1 more different relation via Claudia: Claudy.Creative forms:
(female) Gadys, Niadys, ..
(male) Glado, Glasis, .. Middle name pairings:
Gladys Oakley (G.O.), ..
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)
Gladys reached its peak position of #14 in the U.S. in the 1900s, but is not listed at the moment. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Carys, Claudia (#741 the previous year) and Gladis are the prominent variation forms of Gladys rated in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Gladys was well-received 115 years ago (usage of 1.34%) and has become much diminished since (usage 0.02%, 99% less), with forms like Gladys becoming less fashionable.
Similar NamesRecommended 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.See names in meaning and etymology.