Given Name CLAUDE

GENDER: Masculine & Feminine
USAGE: French, English
PRONOUNCED: KLOD (French), KLAWD (English)  [details]

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).
VARIANTS: Claudie (French), Claud (English)
DIMINUTIVES: Claudette, Claudine (French)
FEMININE FORMS: Claudie (French), Claudia, Gladys (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Claudia, 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