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My Welsh grandmother's name was Gwladys, which seems to be a variant of this using the more common Y from Gladys.
The name of the Roman Catholic saint Gwladys (who was a queen of Gwynllyg in South Wales) seems to vary between the U and the Y spelling depending on the source.
There is a French golfer who also uses the Y spelling.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwladys_Nocera
I would hazard they are interchangeable, but that the Y spelling is more modern.
natismo  4/10/2011
2
I think this name may be related to the Welsh word 'gwlad' which means 'country'. It doesn't seem too far-fetched, so it's a possibility. [noted -ed]
moth1701  3/25/2006

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