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Meaning and Name Origin

Gladys \g-lad-ys, gl(a)-dys\ as a girls' 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 has 8 variants: Glad, Gladdis, Gladdys, Gladi, Gladis, Gladyss, Gwladys and Gwyladyss.

For more on this name, 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 (#26543 out of 88799, Top 30%). (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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

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. Usage of these girl names reached its most widespread during the years 1930-1939 and has become much less since, with the forms Claudette, Claudia, Claudie, Claudine and Gladys falling out of fashion. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

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.