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Gender: F Meaning of Claudia: "lame" Origin of Claudia: Feminine variation of Claude Claudia's Popularity in 2013: #661

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A classic name with a hint of ancient Roman splendor that has never been truly in or truly out, Claudia still feels like a strong, modern choice --one of our 'sweet spot' names.

Claudia was a common female name in ancient Rome, borne by the wives of both Nero and Pontius Pilate. The name is mentioned in the New Testament in one of St. Paul's letters to Timothy as one of the Christian women in Rome in, as a result of which it was taken up in the sixteenth century, and has been in moderate use ever since.

There was a popular mid-century series of novels by Rose Franken, beginning with Claudia: The Story of a Marriage, and the name was also used by Agatha Christie and Penelope Lively, as well as being a main character in Anne Rice's Interview With the Vampire. Model Claudia Schiffer gave it an infusion of glamour, as had earlier Italian actress Claudia Cardinale, and Michelle Pfeiffer has a daughter named Claudia..

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Famous People Named Claudia

Claudia Ann Christian, American actress
Claudia Lee Black, Australian actress
Claude Joséphine Rose "Claudia" Cardinale, Italian actress
Claudia Pechstein, German speed skater
Claudia Jordan, American model and TV personality
Claudia Schiffer, German supermodel
Claudia Lynn Cohen, American gossip columnist and TV reporter
Claudia Anne Winkleman, English television presenter
Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, German tennis player
Claudia Porwick, German tennis player
Claudia Karvan, Australian actress
Claudia Rose Kelley, daughter of actress Michelle Pfeiffer and TV writer/producer David E. Kelley

Pop Culture References for the Name Claudia

Claudia Joy Holden, character on TV's "Army Wives"
Claudia, little girl in "Interview with the Vampire"
Claudia Donovan, the Tech Girl on TV's "Warehouse 13"
Claudia Jean "CJ" Cregg, character on TV's "The West Wing"
Claudia Kishi, character in The Baby-Sitters Club series
Claudia Wolf, character in video game "Silent Hill 3"
Claudia Kincaid, character in"From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler," by E.L. Konigsburg
Claudia Salinger, character on TV's "Party of Five"
Claudia Parr, main character in "Baby Proof" by Emily Giffin

Claudee, Claudeen, Claudel, Claudella, Claudelle, Claudetta, Claudex, Claudey, Claudi, Claudiana, Claudiane, Claudie, Claudie-anne, Claudy, Claudya, Clodia, Klaudia, Klod

Claudia's International Variations

Claudette, Claude, Claudine (French) Claudita, Claudeta, Claudina (Spanish)