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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 Christan, American actress
Claudia Black, Australian actress
Claudia Pechstein, German speed skater
Claudia Jordan, American model and TV personality
Claudia Schiffer, German supermodel
Claudia Rose Kelley, daughter of American actress Michelle Pfeiffer and TV writer/producer David E. Kelley
Claudia Cohen, American gossip columnist and TV reporter
Claudia Winkleman, English television presenter

Pop Culture References for the Name Claudia

Claudia Joy Holden, character from the TV show "Army Wives"
Claudia, little girl in the book "Interview with a Vampire"
Claudia Donovan, the Tech Girl in Warehouse 13
Claudia Jean "CJ" Cregg, from the TV show "The West Wing"
Claudia Kishi, a character in "The Baby-Sitters Club" books
Claudia Wolf, antagonist of the video game Silent Hill 3
Claudia Kincaid, protagonist of "From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler," by E.L. Konigsburg
Claudia Salinger, one of the kids from TV show "Party of Five"
Claudia Parr, main character in the book "Baby Proof"
Claudia Kishi, main character in the BSC

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)