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In a baby name book I saw, it says Gladys is Anglo-Saxon for a sword. And somewhere else I read it meant lame.
-- Anonymous User  8/25/2005
Why would Gladys mean lame when its origins can be likened to the word gladiator?
-- Anonymous User  10/19/2007
To the person who asked how Gladys could mean "lame"--that is if Gladys is taken to be the Welsh form of Claudia, which is derived from the Latin word for "lame/crippled."
-- erb816  6/12/2010
Gladys Brockwell was an American actress.
-- Anonymous User  12/21/2005
Sounds like a pre-historic aunt to me, not a very nice name for a child!
-- Anonymous User  1/27/2006
It means God's Princess from the bible, 1 Peter 2:9. An alternative meaning would be the sword used by a gladiator in Roman times.
-- Keme  2/28/2006
This is the King James version of 1 Peter 2:9, and if anyone can find God's Princess Gladys in it, then good luck:

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.

By the way, the gladiolus flower is named after its leaves, shaped like little swords; in Latin, gladius = sword, gladiolus = little sword. I suppose you could take gladiolus, make it look girly by changing the -us to -a, and use it as a name, but it still wouldn't have anything to do with Gladys.
-- Anneza  4/25/2007
Gladys Smith was Mary Pickford's real name.
-- Kosta  5/30/2006
I think this is the most horrible name on earth.
-- Anonymous User  7/14/2006
Oh you guys are mean! I really like this name, but it reminds me of Gladys Kravitz form the show Bewitched.
-- Anonymous User  12/17/2006
It does seem like an old name, but it's pretty. Much better than popular names like Christine, Laura, Linsday, Amanda and Jacqueline. Plus it could be like gladiolus. Like the flowers. Very pretty ones. And although gladiolus is pronounced gladiola. Maybe that could be how it's spelt. And a nickname could be ola, I think this is a nice name.
-- roxhai  3/6/2007
I don't really like this name. It's just hideous, very much like Bertha, Ethel, Gertrude, and Mildred. I think Claudia is much nicer than Gladys, in spite of Claudia's own similarity to the name Claude, its masculine counterpart.
-- freeserve.co.uk  3/15/2007
If someone says to me "Gladys", I always associate it with clumsy houskeepers and cleaners from Miss Marple-stories. They are almost always named so, I don't know why. If they are clever, they have names like Mary or Lucy.
-- ToveTer  6/5/2007
Gladys came out of nowhere right around 1900 and took the baby naming world by storm, very quickly becoming highly popular. It stayed popular for about twenty years and then started to sink. I had a great-aunt named Gladys who was born in 1902. Because it was so trendy eighty to one hundred years ago, it is thought of as a typical old lady name. But hard as it is to believe eighty to one hundred years from now, Jennifer, Emily, Ashley, and Madison will be considered ugly old lady names!
-- queenv  9/23/2007
Whilst this name was the 14th most popular girl's name in the United States in 1900, it also briefly featured in the boys' top 1,000 there in position no.672 in the same year. However, the majority only know this name as a once-popular girl's name and nowadays a granny name.
-- freeserve.co.uk  10/7/2007
My mom named me after the gladioulus, the sword glower. So I think Gladys would derive its meaning from the sword.
-- gladys  10/19/2007
Gladys Knight is a popular old school R&B singer.
-- akaZsa  3/17/2008
The sound of the entire name is ugly: the 'gl' sound, the 'gl' sound combined with the 'a', and the 'dys' sound following it. Plus, the name sounds like the name of a very old woman.
-- slight night shiver  4/23/2008
No one recognizes the fullness, the sweetness, the glow, the wholesomeness of Gladys any more?
-- EmilyOlive  5/21/2008
When I first saw this name spelled out on paper, I thought it was pronounced GLAD-eez or glad-EES, and I thought it was pretty. But when I noticed it was actually GLAD-is, it was a MAJOR turn-off. I always think of vikings when I hear this name. And it sounds really old. I don't like this name at all! (sorry to all the Gladyses out there!)
-- Jesus_Freak  6/4/2008
Although I'd not name a child Gladys because it's too dated, I kinda like Glad is. Glad definitely exists so let's all be happy.
-- KayeKiLa  8/13/2008
No offense but this sounds like a name for an old lady with a million cats. Ugly and dated.
-- number1212  11/7/2008
I happen to find this a very pretty name. It has a darker feel to it, which is more to do with my only semi-association to this name then just how it sounds. This is a bit of a stretch, but it is pronounced basically how I say GLaDOS' name from Portal. Just my impression. But having that connection makes it impossible for me to think of old ladies as some of you are reminded of. I think of black humor and someone who is very deep. So that's just what I think of when I hear this name. Sorry for being a geek and connecting something most of you think of as an old fashioned game to a computer.
-- Rxi  11/8/2008
I like it. It sounds happy and kind of hip.
-- vomiting  6/12/2009
Gladys Aylward was a Christian Missionary in China.
-- TheMusicWriter  8/19/2009
I like this name. I think it rolls off the tongue, and because of the "glad", it seems like a bright, happy name.
-- websurfer  11/15/2009
A fine, trim, upbeat name.
-- lucyskydiamonds  1/14/2010
I can see those Emma's and Isabella's naming their daughters Gladys in 20 years. Look at the comeback of Hazel.
-- Jamesina  7/16/2010
It's a shame that there are so many comments about Gladys being "old" and "dated." Gladys really is lovely. The first syllable is *glad*--like the child is happy, like the parents are happy to have her. And it's really not a harsh name to say, despite the fact that there's a 'd' in the middle of it. I love Gladys, and think it should make a comeback. Like another poster said, look at Hazel.
-- erb816  9/16/2010
This name will always remind me of Gladys the cow from "Sesame Street", performed by Richard Hunt. She was known for her theatrical voice and pride in her bovine heritage (she was "proud, proud, proud to be a cow...!")

I guess that I've associated this name with cows ever since.
-- gaelruadh19  10/24/2010
It sounds happy. I like it a little, but at the same time I definitely won't use it.
-- Chrila96  12/6/2010
I don't like it, but there are worse names. I prefer "Claudia."
-- Dawson  12/14/2010
A modern version of Gwladus/Gwladys from the welsh 'gwlad' meaning country/countryside (from old Welsh 'gulat'). These names are all pronounced the same and are just spelling variants.

The spelling with the W is still common in Wales and the names are considered the same. (similar to Jessica and Jessika)

It might have been used as the welsh form of Claudia, but I doubt it ever meant 'lame' or 'cripple' to the Welsh seeing as how that (cloff/efrydd) has zero in common with the word Gladys.

In summary - this is a Welsh name with a meaning derived from its Welsh root. Not 'Claudia'.
-- natismo  4/10/2011
Famous soul singer, Gladys Knight.
-- Musicboy1017  9/19/2012
The name Gladys hasn't completely died out. It was given to 80 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/18/2013
I've always held a soft spot for underdog names like Gladys, Alma, Agnes - names that have gone out of fashion, are generally hated, and won't be making a comeback any time soon. It makes them special in my eyes.
-- jackitty  7/29/2013

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