What does Gladys mean?
Gladys /gla-dys/ 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 1 more different relation via Claudia: Claudy.Kreatif forms:
(female) Gadys, Gladysti, ..
(male) Glado, Glasis, ..
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 #14 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. Carys (#1789 the previous year), Claudia (#724) and Gladis are the prominent variation forms of Gladys rated in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Gladys was well-received 114 years ago (usage of 1.34%) and has become much diminished since (usage 0.02%, 98% less), with forms like Gladys becoming less fashionable.
Recommended 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.