[ 1 syll. clau(s), cl-a-us ] The baby boy name Claus is pronounced in German as KLAWS †. Claus is mainly used in Dutch, German, Scandinavian, and English, and its language of origin is Old Greek. The first name evolved as the short form of Niclaus or Niklaus, which are German forms of Nicholas. The name is best known from Santa Claus or Saint Nicholas, the Christmas figure; thus the baby name is seldom chosen by parents, especially in English-speaking countries.
Claus is a shortening of the English and French name Nicholas in the Dutch, English, and German languages.
Variant forms share the origin and meaning of the name Claus.
Another form of the name is the German and Scandinavian spelling variant Klaus.
Claus is seldom used as a baby name for boys. It is not in the top 1000 names. In 2018, among the group of boy names directly related to Claus, Nicholas was the most widely used.
† Pronunciation for Claus: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AW as in "cow (K.AW)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Claus:
Holiday Figure Santa (Kris Kringle) Claus.
Soldier Claus von Stauffenberg, born 15 November 1907 - 21 July 1944, Jettingen, Germany.