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What does Claus mean?

Claus Pronunciation of Claus [claus] as a boys' name is of German and Greek origin, and the meaning of Claus is "people of victory". Variant of Nicholas, representing a short form of Niclaus or Niklaus. The name is associated in America with Santa Claus. Actor Klaus Kinski.

Associated with: greek, victory.


Claus has 3 variants: Claes, Clause and Klaus.

4 more alternative forms via Klaus, Nicholas: Claas, Colas, Klaas and Klaes.

Creative forms:
(male) Ciaus, Coaus, ..

(female) Clace, Claci, ..

Middle name pairings:
Claus Rashad (C.R.), ..

How popular is Claus?

Claus is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent last name for all people (#8393 out of 150436, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Claus reached its top rank of #1211 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, but is not ranked currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Claus name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Claus outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Klaus, Nicholas (#62 a year ago) and Niklaus (#1603) are the popular alternative forms of Claus. Other variants, like Colas, are seldom used. These relations of Claus reached the peak of their popularity 20 years ago (usage of 1.53%) and are now significantly less common (usage 0.33%, 78.4% less), with the form Nicholas becoming less stylish.

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

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Aldus, Altus, Caius, Cass, Celsus, Cetus, Chaps, Chas, Clair, Clare, Clark, Claro, Claud, Claude, Clay, Cletus, Clitus, Comus and Cyrus. These names tend to be more frequently used than Claus.

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