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Gender: M Meaning of Claude: "lame; enclosure" Origin of Claude: French from Latin

Claude is a soft-spoken French name that conjures up the pastel colors of Monet and harmonies of Debussy. In France, it is used for girls as well, in fact in the Tracy Chevalier novel Lady and the Unicorn, the protagonist is a female Claude.

Claudes have appeared in such iconic movies as Chinatown and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Actor Simon Baker has a son named Claude Blue.

A French classic, Claude was also a top 100 name in the U.S. until 1922.

The attractive Italian version Claudio is occasionally heard in this country, and Claudius is the original Latin--which could be restored in the current Latin-loving climate. While "lame" is the most widely-acknowledged 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.

Famous People Named Claude

Claude Monet - French impressionist painter
Claude Debussy - French composer
Claude Kelly - American singer-songwriter
Claude Rains - English actor
Claude Picasso - son of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso
Albert Claude, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Claude Simon, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics
Claude Blue Baker (b. 1999), son of actors Simon Baker and Rebecca Rigg

Pop Culture References for the name Claude

Claude Gianni, Ray's best friend on Everybody Loves Raymond (he was known as just Gianni)

Archdeacon Don Claude Frollo, the tragic anti-hero from Victor Hugo's novel Notre-Dame de Paris (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

Claude Faustus, an anime-exclusive character in the anime/manga Kuroshitsuji / Black Butler

Claude's International Variations

Claudios (Greek) Claudicio, Glaudio, Clavio, Cladio, Claudio (Spanish) Claud, Claudiu, Claudian, Claudien (French) Klaudiusz (Polish) Klavdii (Russian) Claudius (German) Kolos (Hungarian)