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What does Gladys mean?

Gladys Pronunciation of Gladys as a girls' name is pronounced GLAD-iss. It is of Welsh and Latin origin, and the meaning of Gladys is "lame". Variant of Claudia, used by the poet Martial (13th century) in reference to a noble and beautiful fifth-century princess. The name may also derive from Gwladus, a Welsh name possibly from gwledig meaning "ruler of a country". The name was used in several Edwardian romantic novels. Singer Gladys Knight.


ASSOCIATED WITH noble, beautiful, princess, ruler (queen), novels (literary), knight (warrior)


VARIANTS Glad, Gladdis, Gladdys, Gladi, Gladis, Gladyss, Gwladus, Gwladys, Gwyladyss

SEE ALSO Carys, Nerys




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How popular is Gladys?

Gladys is a very prominent first name for females (#103 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#57090 out of 150436, Top 38%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Gladys reached its peak position of #14 in the U.S. in the 1900s, but is not listed at the moment. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Carys, Claudia (#872 THE PREVIOUS YEAR) and Gladis are the prominent variation forms of Gladys rated in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Gladys was well-received 118 years ago (USAGE OF 1.08%) and has become much diminished since (USAGE 0.02%, 98% LESS), with forms like Carys becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gladys, Carys, Claudia, Gladis in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Alexys, Allys, Alys, Ardys, Candys, Gaby, Gada, Galya, Gay, Gaye, Glade, Glaura, Glaw, Glenis, Glennys, Glenys, Glinys, Glinyss (see Glynis), Glory, Glorya, Glyn, Glynis, Goldy, Granya, Ilanys, Karys and Marys. These names tend to be less commonly used than Gladys.

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