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What does Claus mean?

Claus \c-laus\ as a boys' name is of German origin. Variant of Nicholas (Greek) "people of victory", representing a short form of Niclaus or Niklaus. The name is associated in America with Santa Claus. Actor Klaus Kinski.


Claus has 3 variants: Claes, Clause and Klaus.

Claus has 16 more alternative forms via Klaus, Nicholas: Claas, Colas, Cole, Colet, Colin, Collin, Klaas, Klaes, Nicolaus, Niels, Niklaas, Niklas, Nikolaus, Nikos, Nilos and Nils.


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)

Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Claus and associated names. Cole (#116 a year ago), Colin (#140), Collin (#223), Nicholas (#57), Niklas and Nils are the popular alternative forms of Claus (#unlisted). These boy names reached the peak of their popularity in the year 2003 (usage of 0.6163%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.5773%, down 6.3%). Cole (#116), Colin (#140) and Collin (#223) are three of the more trendy birth names in this list, with Colin having a resurgence in popularity. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cole, Colin, Collin, Nicholas, Nils in U.S.

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

Similar Names

A recommended similar baby name is Claud. This name tends to be more frequently used than Claus.