Claudia - Meaning of Claudia
[ 3 syll. clau-dia, cl-aud-ia ] The baby girl name Claudia is pronounced KLAO-Diy-ah (English), KLAW-Diy-aa (Dutch, German), or KLAW-DYaa (Italian, Spanish) †. Claudia's language of origin is Latin. It is predominantly used in Dutch, English, German, Italian, Romanian, Scandinavian, and Spanish. It is a biblical name derived from the word claudus with the meaning 'lame, limping'. In the Bible, the name was borne by a Roman woman mentioned in one of Paul's letters to Timothy; she has traditionally been identified as the daughter of a British prince who became the wife of Pudens. The name was first adopted by English speakers in the 16th century. In Wales, Claudia is sometimes taken as an equivalent of Gladys. Another form of the name was later made known through the Claudine novels by the French author Colette, published in the early 20th century. Claudia is the feminine equivalent of the English and German Claudius.
The name Claudia is widely used; it has 36 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Clady, Clauda, Claude (used in French too), Claudea, Claudean, Claudeen, Claudel, Claudella, Claudelle, Claudetta, Claudette (used in French too), Claudex, Claudey, Claudi, Claudiana, Claudiane, Claudie-Anne, Claudina (used in Czech, Dutch, German, and Spanish too), Claudine (used in French too), Claudy, Claudya, Clodagh, Clodia, and Klaudia (used in German, Polish, and Slavic too). Other English variants include the familiar forms Claudee and Claudie.
Forms used in foreign languages include Claudeta (Spanish), Claudita (Spanish), Cláudia (Portuguese), Gladys (Welsh), Klaudie (Czech), Klaudija (Slavic), Klavdia (Russian), Klavdija (Slavic), and Klavdiya (Russian). The familiar form Cacau (Portuguese) is another foreign variant.
Claudia is an all-time favorite. Currently it is still a somewhat popular baby girl name, but to a lesser degree than it was before. At the peak of its usage in 1952, 0.178% of baby girls were named Claudia. It was #111 in rank then. The baby name has suffered a steep drop in frequency since then, and is used only on a modest scale now. In 2018, it ranked at #872 with a usage of 0.017%, but it was nevertheless the most popular out of all girl names in its family.
Baby names that sound like Claudia include Cailida, Calatee, Calatey, Calati, Calatie, Calaty, Caleada, Caleadah, Caleeda, Caleedah, Caleida, Caleidah, Calida, Calieda, Caliedah, Callida, Callyda, Callydah, Calthea, and Caltheah.
† Pronunciation for Claudia: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; AW as in "cow (K.AW)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; Y as in "you (Y.UW)"
Details of famous persons named Claudia:
Actress Claudia Cardinale, born Claude Joséphine Rose 15 April 1938, Tunis, Tunisia.
Model Claudia Schiffer, born 25 August 1970, Dusseldorf, Germany.
US First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, born Claudia Alta Taylor 22 December 1912 - 11 July 2007, Karnack, Texas.