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What does Klaus mean?

Klaus Pronunciation of Klaus [klaus] as a boys' name. Variant of Claus, which is a diminutive of Nicholas (Greek) "people of victory". Actor Klaus Maria Brandauer.

Associated with: greek, victory.


Klaus has 2 variants: Klaas and Klaes.

5 more related forms via Claus, Nicholas: Claas, Claes, Claus, Clause and Colas.

Creative forms:
(male) Kelaus, Kelus, ..

(female) Klasa, Klasie, ..

Middle name pairings:
Klaus Fredrick (K.F.), ..

How popular is Klaus?

Klaus is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent last name for all people (#5944 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Klaus entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its apex position of #1683 in the U.S. in the 1960s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Nicholas (#62 the previous year) and Claus are the popular alternative forms of Klaus rated in the Top 2000. These forms of Klaus were favored as birth names in 1995 (usage of 1.5%) and are now much less common (usage 0.3%, 79%), with the version Nicholas becoming somewhat outmoded.

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Aldus, Altus, Kass, Keats, Klay, Kletus and Kobus. Like Klaus, these names are not frequently used.