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PronouncedPron.KLOW-dee-oos Classical Latin
KLAW-dee-əs English

Meaning & History

From a Roman family name which was possibly derived from Latin claudus meaning "lame, crippled". This was the name of a patrician family prominent in Roman politics. The ancestor of the family was said to have been a 6th-century BC Sabine leader named Attius Clausus, who adopted the name Appius Claudius upon becoming a Roman citizen. The family produced several Roman emperors of the 1st century, including the emperor known simply as Claudius. He was poisoned by his wife Agrippina in order to bring her son Nero (Claudius's stepson) to power. The name was later borne by several early saints, including a 7th-century bishop of Besançon.
Feminine FormClaudia
Other Languages & CulturesKlaudio Croatian Claude, Claud English Claude French Claudio Italian Klaudijs Latvian Klaudiusz Polish Cláudio Portuguese Claudiu Romanian Claudio Spanish


Bronze head of emperor ClaudiusBronze head of emperor Claudius


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute