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Gender: F Meaning of Claude: "lame; enclosure" Origin of Claude: Latin

Yes, we tend to think of Claude as a male name and Claudia and Claudette as the female, but this ancient clan name is used in France for girls as well as boys, and could make a distinctively chic choice here too. You may be surprised to know that Claude was in fairly regular use for American girls in the 1880's and nineties, reaching as high as 553 in 1880.

In her native country, there have been some famous female Claudes, including Queen Claude of France (1499 to 1524), daughter of Louis XII, and another sixteenth century Claude de France, daughter of Henri II.

Later Claudes include the daughter of Claude Debussy, Claude-Emma (called Chouchou), the leading female character in Tracy Chevalier's novel Lady and the Unicorn, French actress Claude Jade and photographer Claude Cahun, and the widow of French Prime Minister Georges Pompidou.

While the "lame" meaning is the most widely acknowledged, 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 of France (1499-1524), Queen consort of Francis I of France and suo jure Duchess of Brittany, daughter of Louis XII of France and Anne of Brittany
Claude of France (1547–1575), Duchess consort of Lorraine, daughter of Henry II of France and Catherine de' Medici
Claude de Bectoz, French writer, abbess and correspondent of Francis I of France
Claude Jacqueline Pompidou, wife of French President Georges Pompidou
Claude Jade (born Claude Marcelle Jorré), French actress
Claude Gensac, French actress
Claude Nollier, French actress
Claude Chirac, political adviser; daughter of former French President Jacques Chirac
Claude-Emma "Chouchou" Debussy, daughter of composer Claude Debussy
Marie-Claude Bourbonnais, Canadian glamour model
Marie-Claude Pietragalla, French ballerina

Pop Culture References for the name Claude

Princess Claude, TV series Reign