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Gender: F Meaning of Maude: "battle-mighty" Origin of Maude: Variation of Matilda

Maude, also spelled Maud, is a lacy, mauve-tinted name that was wildly popular a hundred years ago, but has been rarely heard in the past fifty. Some stylish parents are starting to choose it again, especially as a middle.

Maud's early popularity was influenced by the Tennyson poem that included the oft-quoted line, "Come into the garden, Maude." Then, in the 1970's, along came the sitcom Maude, featuring the vociferous and opinionated character Maude Finlay, putting a very different spin on the name. But enough decades have now passed for the name to have settled back into its soft, sweet pastel image.

The Maud spelling has British royal associations via the daughter of Edward VII, who later became Queen of Norway; Maud Gonne was a famous Irish political activist.

Famous People Named Maude

Maude aka Matilda, Holy Roman Empress consort of Henry V; claimant to the English throne
Maude Apatow, American actress; daughter of film director Judd Apatow and actress Leslie Mann
Maude Amber McAfee-Maggart, American singer; sister of Fiona Apple
Maude George, American actress
Maude Allen, American actress
Maude Eburne, Canadian actress
Maude Victoria Barlow, Canadian activist
Maude Turner Gordon, American actress
Maude Phelps McVeigh Hutchins, American novelist
(Ellen) Maude Carey, first woman postmaster in the British Empire
Maude Nugent, American singer and composer
Maude Gabrielle Harcheb, French singer and TV personality
(Agnes) Maude Royden, English preacher and suffragist
Maude Fay, American operatic soprano
Maude Dominica Mary Petre, English nun, writer and critic
Maude Mary (Hawk) Fealy, American silent film actress
Maude Ewing Adams, American actress; first person to play Peter Pan in America
Lucy Maude (L.M.) Montgomery, Canadian novelist

Pop Culture References for the name Maude

Maude Findlay, main character on TV's "Maude"
Maude Flanders, character on TV's "The Simpsons"
Maude Lebowski, character in film "The Big Lebowski"
Princess Maude, character in The Pillars of the Earth series
Maude Coleman, character from Tracy Chevlair's "Falling Angels"
Marjorie "Maude" Chardin, main character in 1971 film "Harold & Maude"
Maude Guillory, character in 1984 film "Micki & Maude"