Meaning and name origin
Gladys \g-lad-ys, gl(a)-dys\ as a girl's name is pronounced GLAD-iss. It is of Welsh origin. Variant of Claudia (Latin) "lame". The name was used in several Edwardian romantic novels. Singer Gladys Knight.
Gladys is a very popular first name for females (#103 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#26543 out of 88799, Top 30%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Gladys for girls. Gladys reached its highest rank of #15 in the U.S. in 1900-1909. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Gladys and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Claudia (#724), Gladys and Carys. (2014 statistics).