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What does Claude mean?

Claude Pronunciation of Claude as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Claude) is pronounced klawd. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Claude is "lame". Roman clan name. Claudius was the Roman emperor who succeeded Caligula. Saint Claudius (third century) was a Roman tribune who converted to Christianity. Popular in France (where it is sometimes used as a girl's name) due to the fame of seventh-century Saint Claude of Besanšon. Claud is the anglicized form. Painter Claude Monet; composer Claude Debussy; Congressman Claude Pepper; actor Claude Rains.


ASSOCIATED WITH roman, clan (surname), emperor (king), saint


VARIANTS Claud, Claudan, Claudell, Claidianus, Claudicio, Claudien, Claudino, Claudio, Claudius, Claudon, Clodito, Clodo, Clodomiro, Klaudio

FEMININE FORMS Claudette, Claudia, Claudine



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How popular is Claude?

Claude is a very prominent first name for men (#230 out of 1220, Top 19%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#15125 out of 150436, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Claude entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its highest rank of #52 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of Claude ranked in the Top 2000 are Claud, Claudio and Claudius. These forms of Claude reached the apex of their popularity in the 1880s (AVERAGE #1052), but now, forms like Claude have gone out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Claude, Claud, Claudio, Claudius in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Claude and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Claude is alike in pronunciation to Cloyd and Clyde. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Barde, Blade, Cabe, Cable, Cade, Cadel, Caden, Caide, Cairde, Calder, Cale, Camden, Canute, Card, Carden, Case, Caulder, Cayce, Cayle, Chace, Chad, Chadd, Chance, Chand, Chane, Channe, Chanze, Chase, Chaunce, Chayce, Chayne, Chayse, Claas, Claes, Clair, Claire, Clancey, Clancy, Claney, Claran, Clare, Clarke, Claro, Claron, Clarrie, Clarry, Claus, Clause, Clay, Clayre, Cleander, Cleante, Cleeve, Clete, Cleve, Cliffe, Clive, Cluny, Clyve, Craine, Crane, Dade, Dwade, Glade, Jade, Jayde, Kade, Meade, Slade, Slaide, Slayde, Wade and Wayde. These names tend to be less frequently used than Claude.