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Origin & Meaning

The name Gladys is of Welsh origin.

The meaning of Gladys is "ruler".  

It is also of Latin origin, where its meaning is "lame".


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 2460  in baby name popularity for girls with 73 occurrences.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

View the Gladys Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Gladys has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Gladys to other names.


Gladys is derived from the Welsh name Gwladus meaning "ruler". It was originally used as the Welsh form of the name Claudia.


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Gladys is a form of the name Gwladus, Claudia.

Variants of the name Gladys include Gladyce, Glaudusa.

Other Tidbits

Gladys falls into the classic name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Gladys Knight.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Gladys in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Gladys.

Just for fun, see the name Gladys in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Gladys in Nautical Flags page.

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Last year this name was ranked as one of the top 1000 most popular names within its gender.

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