Meaning and name origin
Claude \c-lau-de\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Claude), is pronounced klawd. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Claude is "lame". Roman clan name. Claudius was the Roman emperor who succeeded Caligula. Saint Claudius (third century) was a Roman tribune who converted to Christianity. Popular in France (where it is sometimes used as a girl's name) due to the fame of seventh-century Saint Claude of Besanšon. Claud is the anglicized form. Painter Claude Monet; composer Claude Debussy; Congressman Claude Pepper; actor Claude Rains.
Claude is a very popular first name for males (#230 out of 1220, Top 19%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#14375 out of 88799, Top 16%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Claude for boys. Claude reached its highest rank of #52 in the U.S. in 1880-1889 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Claude and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Claudio, Claude and Claud. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).