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 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)
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)