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What does Claus mean?

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.

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

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

(female) Clace, Claci, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Claus for boys. Claus reached its top rank of #1211 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, but is not ranked currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Claus and associated names. Klaus and Nicholas (#57 a year ago) are the popular alternative forms of Claus. Other variants, like Colas, are seldom used. These relations of Claus reached the peak of their popularity 19 years ago (usage of 1.53%) and are now significantly less common (usage 0.35%, 77% less), with the form Nicholas becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Claus, Klaus, Nicholas 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.