Feminine variation of Claude
"lame; enclosure"

Claudia Origin and Meaning

The name Claudia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "lame; enclosure".

Claudia is a classic name with ancient Roman roots. Never truly in or truly out, Claudia feels like a strong, modern choice that hits the sweet spot between too popular and too unusual..

Claudia was a common girls’ 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. As a result, 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. 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. Michelle Pfeiffer has a daughter named Claudia.

While some parents may be put off by the common "lame" meaning, some etymologists theorize that the name may relate to the word for enclosure or clause, an alternate meaning that may appeal to a child with a form of this otherwise appealing name.

# 872 in the US

Claudia Rank in US Top 1000

# 120 on Nameberry

Claudia Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Claudia Popularity

Famous People Named Claudia

  • Claudia (Marisa) RuggeriniItalian partisan
  • Claudia SchifferGerman supermodel
  • Claude Joséphine Rose "Claudia" CardinaleItalian actress
  • Claudia Ann ChristianAmerican actress
  • Claudia Lee BlackAustralian actress
  • Claudia PechsteinGerman speed skater
  • Claudia JordanAmerican model and TV personality
  • Claudia Lynn CohenAmerican gossip columnist and TV reporter
  • Claudia Anne WinklemanEnglish television presenter
  • Claudia KohdeKilsch, German tennis player
  • Claudia PorwickGerman tennis player
  • Claudia KarvanAustralian actress
  • Claudia FragapaneGB gymnast
  • Claudia O'DohertyAustralian actress and comedian
  • Claudia Rose Kelleydaughter of actress Michelle Pfeiffer and TV writer/producer David E. Kelley
  • Claudia Alende (b. 1993)Brazilian singer, model, called the "Latina Megan Fox" for her resemblance to the actress
  • Claudia SulewskiAmerican YouTuber

Claudia in Pop Culture

  • Claudia Joy Holdencharacter on TV's "Army Wives"
  • Claudialittle girl in "Interview with the Vampire"
  • Claudia Donovanthe Tech Girl on TV's "Warehouse 13"
  • Claudia Jean "CJ" Creggcharacter on TV's "The West Wing"
  • Claudia Kishicharacter in The Baby,Sitters Club series
  • Claudia Wolfcharacter in video game "Silent Hill 3"
  • Claudia Kincaidin"From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler," by E.L. Konigsburg
  • Claudia Salingercharacter on TV's "Party of Five"
  • Claudia Parrmain character in "Baby Proof" by Emily Giffin
  • Claudia Da Forlicharacter in G. A. Henty's, A Knight of the White Cross
  • Claudia Arlexcharacter in Catherine Fisher's Incarceron and Sapphique
  • Claudia Perretcharacter in mobile game “Murder in the Alps”
  • Claudia Tappercharacter in the "The Tapper Twins" series by Geoff Rodkey
  • Claudiacharacter in the animated TV series "The Dragon Prince"