"Madame Claude" was a famous house of prostitution's owner in France. So I'm a French woman and I heard many jokes about that!
― Anonymous User  3/5/2020
My name is Claude and I’m a French woman. In France Claude is a masculine or feminine name, but there are many more men who are called Claude than women and many people believe first I’m a man! It’s when they see me or listen to me they can see I’m a woman.
Amafu  3/4/2020
Claude is nice on a boy, but the English pronunciation is hideous. I prefer the French pronunciation.
nylonpanda  2/23/2020
I am an American woman born in 1960 and my name is Claude. In France, where the name originates, the "e" on the end denotes the feminine. Unfortunately that distinction is not recognized here in the US. My mother, being a romantic, named me after the heroine of a French novel she was reading while she was pregnant with me. It was called The Awakening. As an American and a female at that, it was a hard name to grow up with in the 60's. I got teased a lot. I guess I could say I have grown into my name, although it was a long time coming. It is a proud (some might even say haughty) and very strong name. I still don't like it very much but I have made peace with it. I've never met another woman with my name!
Claude617  2/10/2020
The name is great, but I am myself from an Spanish speaking country and the name in Spanish is only masculine, so I can´t picture a girl named Claude.
Bescriva  1/31/2020
The name of one of the three lords in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
yeehawbruh  11/4/2019
I am Dutch and would love Claude as a name for a daughter, like Queen Claude of France and her granddaughter Princess Claude from Reign. In my native language it would be pronounced: Cl-ow-duh. I love the classic, elegant and yet free-spirited and down to earth sound of it.
MichielK  5/6/2019
I think this name is a classic and rare which is a big plus in my book. The reservation I would have with this Gallic classic would be the similarity to the word ‘clod’, and how it is pronounced. Other than that it is a decent name.
― Anonymous User  4/5/2019
Love this name, especially as a middle. Monet and Debussy are great namesakes.
Amparo  11/30/2018
Cool name I guess, but I can't get over associating it with Claude Frollo from the Hunchback of Notre Dame. If you don't know what I'm talking about, go watch the Disney movie and wait till your brain is fried and your nightmares are haunted by a pedophile/murderer/Catholic priest/abusive parent/genocidal maniac named Claude Frollo. If you do know what I'm talking about... I'm sorry. (I could rant all day about how it's the darkest Disney movie ever made, but that's for another day...)
the happiest author  11/26/2018
In 2018, 63 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Claude who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 839th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/5/2018
I hate Claude. Claude is a stuck up person who only cares about themselves. Claude thinks they are better than everyone else but the truth is they aren't.
― Anonymous User  5/17/2018
Claude Cahun (1894 - 1954), born Lucy Renee Mathilde Schwob, was a Jewish-French photographer, sculptor and writer.
Caprice  5/14/2018
I was named Claude in 1966 because my mother was a fan of Claude François, famous pop singer in France in 60s and 70s (Sinatra adapted one of his hits as "My way"). It was already declining and rare and I knew few people having the same.
Claude31  2/21/2018
Claude Makélélé Sinda is a French former footballer and current assistant coach at Premier League club Swansea City. In his playing career, which ended at Paris Saint-Germain, Makélélé also played for Nantes, Marseille, Celta de Vigo, Real Madrid and Chelsea. He won league titles in France, Spain and England, as well as the 2001–02 UEFA Champions League during his time with Real Madrid.
lilolaf  7/14/2017
The name Claude was given to 51 boys born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/20/2016
This name would be one a prostitute would have. Preferably female.
Oleg Karachi  1/15/2016
I absolutely love this name. It is classic and strong but not too pretentious. I prefer it for a male.
IsolationHedge  4/26/2015
The name Claude was given to forty-three baby boys born in the U.S. in 2013.
hkols  11/2/2014
Claude Beacons (also known as Nagumo Haruya) is a character in Inazuma Eleven.
― Anonymous User  10/6/2014
The name Claude is considerably dated in France. It became wildly popular in the 1930's, but by the 70's it was very uncommon for baby boys. It ranked #1, 490 in 2010.
bonjour_mon_joli  8/25/2013
Claude Rains (born William Claude Rains) was a British actor who began his career in theatre and later moved on to act in motion pictures like 'Casablanca', as Captain Renault, and 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' as a corrupt US senator, for which he received an academy award nomination.
Oohvintage  7/23/2013
Claude Giroux is a Canadian born hockey player who currently plays for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Missy  11/17/2012
There was a French artsit known as Claude (1604-1682).

Claude glass - a small tinted mirror used for reflecting landscapes to show their broad tonal values.
― Anonymous User  1/11/2012
Claude Bowes-Lyon, earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne (1855-1944) was the grandfather of Queen Elizabeth II through his daughter the Queen Mum.
― Anonymous User  3/31/2011
This is such a strong, masculine name. Whoever would use this as a feminine name is out of their mind! If you want a feminine name, try Claudia or Claudine. Leave boys' names and boys' names.
― Anonymous User  10/2/2010
Claude is both a male and a female name in French. It isn't a modern appropriation, it's legitimately used for both genders.
I like this as a middle name or second first name, but not really as a first. It's just not very attractive. It reminds me of horses and claws.
― Anonymous User  11/16/2011
Very cool name for a man. I like it a lot!
MoonAgeDaydreamer  4/7/2009
This name honestly works on both males and females. It would suit almost anyone.
vomiting  3/13/2009
Another female Claude is Debussy's daughter Claude-Emma, called "Chouchou."
Kate  10/14/2008
Famous female Claude's in history include Queen Claude of France (1499-1524), daughter of Louis XII and Anne, and Claude de France (1547-1575), daughter of Henri II and Catherine of Medicis.

Famous female Claude's in modern times include the internationally acclaimed French actress Claude Jade and the painter and photographer Claude Cahun.

Marie-Claude Vaillant-Couturier was also one of the founders and leaders of L'Union des Jeunes Filles de France, an organisation devoted to young women. She received the Legion d'Honneur and other decorations for her service during the war.
― Anonymous User  8/8/2008
To me, this name has always been masculine, and it sounds utterly masculine. The name Claudia should be used for girls, not this. And this name sounds really pretentious and snobby in English-speaking countries. It should be left to French usage.
slight night shiver  5/18/2008
A famous french painter: Claude Monet.
LittleGavroche  3/30/2008
This is one of the very few names that I like that suits both males and females. Such an awesome name.
― Anonymous User  10/1/2007
This name just doesn't seem to fit a girl to me.
puppylove226959  8/11/2007
In Victor Hugo's novel "Notre-Dame of Paris", better known as "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", Archdeacon Claude Frollo is a character tormented by his desire for Esmerelda while trying to remain celibate.
BrendanMcC.  4/30/2007
Claude is a wonderful masculine name. Strong and attractive. I've never known an unpleasant Claude.
Nicola  12/17/2006
Famous bearer: Claude Vorilhon (
― Anonymous User  10/25/2006
In Tracy Chevalier's novel "Lady and the Unicorn" the main female charcter is named Claude.
Anjamon  9/28/2006
Chuck Jones created the cartoon character Claude Cat who has this name. He was a Looney Tunes/Warner Brothers cartoon character.
― Anonymous User  8/12/2006
Achille-Claude Debussy was a composer of European classical music. He developed the style commonly referred to as Impressionist music.
― Anonymous User  12/20/2005

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