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What does Claes mean?

Claes Pronunciation of Claes [claes] as a name for boys is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Claes is "people of victory". Claes is an alternate form of Claus (German, Greek). Claes is also a variant of Nicholas (Greek).

Associated with: greek, victory.


Claes has 5 variants: Claas, Clause, Klaas, Klaes and Klaus.

3 more different relations via Claus, Nicholas: Colas, Cole and Colet.

Creative forms:
(male) Clanes, Clus, ..

(female) Clacen, Clacy, ..

Middle name pairings:
Claes Finn (C.F.), ..

How popular is Claes?

Claes is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent surname for all people (#69636 out of 150436, Top 46%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Claes (outside Top 2000) appearing in the Top 2000 are Nicholas (#62 in 2015), Cole (#115), Claus and Klaus. Other forms, like Colet, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Claes reached its apex 2 decades ago (adoption of 1.7%) and is now significantly lower (adoption 0.51%, 70%). (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Claus, Cole, Klaus, Nicholas in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cole, Nicholas outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Cael, Caeo, Cass, Chaps, Chas, Clair, Claney, Clare, Clarens, Clarey, Clark, Claro, Claud, Clay, Clem, Cleo and Glades. These names tend to be more frequently used than Claes.

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