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GenderMasculine & Feminine
PronouncedPron.KLOD French
KLAWD English

Meaning & History

French masculine and feminine form of CLAUDIUS. In France the masculine name has been common since the Middle Ages due to the 7th-century Saint Claude of Besançon. It was imported to Britain in the 16th century by the aristocratic Hamilton family, who had French connections. A famous bearer of this name was the French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
VariantsClaudie French Claud English
DiminutivesClaudette, Claudine French
Feminine FormsClaudie French Claudia, Gladys English
Other Languages & CulturesClaudia, Claudius Ancient Roman Claudia Biblical Klavdiya Bulgarian Clàudia Catalan Klaudija, Klaudio Croatian Klaudie Czech Claudia Dutch Claudia German Claudia, Claudio Italian Klaudijs Latvian Klaudia, Klaudiusz Polish Cláudia, Cláudio Portuguese Claudia, Claudiu Romanian Klavdiya, Klava Russian Klaudia Slovak Klavdija Slovene Claudia, Claudio Spanish Klavdiya Ukrainian Gladys Welsh


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Entry updated July 13, 2010   Contribute