What does Maude mean?
Maude /mau-de/ as a name for girls is of Hebrew, Old German and French derivation, and the meaning of Maude is "woman from Magdala; mighty in battle". Maude is an alternate spelling, with the suffix -ude, of Madeline (Hebrew): form of Madeleine. Maude is also a variation of Matilda (Old German). Maude is also used as a derivative of Maud (French).
How popular is Maude?
Maude is a very popular first name for females (#567 out of 4276, Top 13%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#52077 out of 150436, Top 35%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Maude for girls. Maude entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its highest rank of #25 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)
Popular varying forms of Maude listed in the Top 1000 are Madeline (#89 in recent rankings), Matilda (#583), Mattie (#958), Maudie, Tilde, Matilde, Madge, Marlen and Maud. These forms of Maude were favored as baby names during the years 1900-1909 (average #398) and have become much less widespread since (#863, 77% less), with versions such as Mattie, Madge, Maud, Matilde and Maude falling out of style. Madeline is more familiar than the rest.
Maude▼ is alike in pronunciation to Mayde, Mead and Meade. Other suggested similar baby names are Claude, Jade▲, Jaide, Mable▼, Maeve▲, Maida, Maidie, Maime, Manda▼, Mandie, Mando, Mare, Marie▼, Marje, Marte, Maura▼, Maure, Maurie, Mauve, Maxie▼, Mayda, Maydey, Mayme▼, Sade▼ and Sande. These names tend to be less frequently used than Maude.