What does Gladys mean?
Gladys /gla-dys/ [2 sylls.] 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.
Gladys▼ has 20 more different relations via Claudia: Cacau, Claude, Claudee, Claudella, Claudelle, Claudetta, Claudette▼, Claudex, Claudey, Claudiane, Claudie▼, Claudina, Claudine▼, Claudy, Clodia, Klaudia, Klaudie, Klava, Klavdiya and Klodia.Kreatif forms: Gadys, Gaildys, Gladyssy. [more]
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)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Gladys for girls. Gladys reached its peak position of #15 in the U.S. in the 1900s, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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. Forms like Claudella are uncommon. 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%, 90.2% less), with the forms Claudette, Claudia, Claudie, Claudine and Gladys falling out of fashion. (2014 Birth Statistics)