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Gender: Female Meaning of Claudia: "lame; enclosure" Origin of Claudia: Feminine variation of Claude Claudia's Popularity in 2017: #829

The name Claudia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "lame; enclosure". Claudia is ranked #829 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding Then Eliminating -- Girls Themed".

From the experts:

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 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.

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Famous People Named Claudia

Claudia (Marisa) Ruggerini, Italian partisan
Claudia Schiffer, German supermodel
Claude Joséphine Rose "Claudia" Cardinale, Italian actress
Claudia Ann Christian, American actress
Claudia Lee Black, Australian actress
Claudia Pechstein, German speed skater
Claudia Jordan, American model and TV personality
Claudia Lynn Cohen, American gossip columnist and TV reporter
Claudia Anne Winkleman, English television presenter
Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, German tennis player
Claudia Porwick, German tennis player
Claudia Karvan, Australian actress
Claudia Fragapane, GB gymnast
Claudia O'Doherty, Australian actress and comedian
Claudia Rose Kelley, daughter of actress Michelle Pfeiffer and TV writer/producer David E. Kelley

Pop Culture References for the name Claudia

Claudia Joy Holden, character on TV's "Army Wives"
Claudia, little girl in "Interview with the Vampire"
Claudia Donovan, the Tech Girl on TV's "Warehouse 13"
Claudia Jean "CJ" Cregg, character on TV's "The West Wing"
Claudia Kishi, character in The Baby-Sitters Club series
Claudia Wolf, character in video game "Silent Hill 3"
Claudia Kincaid, in"From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler," by E.L. Konigsburg
Claudia Salinger, character on TV's "Party of Five"
Claudia Parr, main character in "Baby Proof" by Emily Giffin
Claudia Da Forli, character in G. A. Henty's, A Knight of the White Cross
Claudia Arlex, character in Catherine Fisher's Incarceron and Sapphique
Claudia Perret, character in mobile game “Murder in the Alps”
Claudia Tapper, character in the "The Tapper Twins" series by Geoff Rodkey
Claudia, character in the animated TV series "The Dragon Prince"

Claudia's International Variations

Claudita, Claudeta, Claudina (Spanish) Claudette, Claude, Claudine (French)


I'm Dakota Says:


I'd much rather be a Claudia than a Grace.

Annabelle Says:


I love the look of this name, and the sound. But the meaning puts me off...unfortunate really as it is a beautiful name.

Daiseymae Says:


I really like the sound of this name. It is a very pretty and class sounding name.

raefrank Says:


Thank you, Nameberry, for offering an alternate meaning. I'm considering using this for my next daughter on the way. It's beautiful, timeless. If she ever questions the meaning, I'll tell her that people give names meaning, not the other way around.

EvaThyssen Says:


I adore Claudia, it's my favourite female name. If I have a daughter I'll call her Claudia Lavinia or Claudia Patricia.

Oriana Banana Says:


How can a definition be rude? That makes zero sense.

LaurenDH Says:


It's not 'rude'. It's just what it means.

Claudia Vincent Says:


This is my name. I got it from my grandfather: Claude. So, to me, it has a more special meaning than "lame." To me it sounds royal and beautiful. I have had people tell me that my name sounds like a disease, but honestly it is so unique that I don't care what people say about it. And I like to tell people that it means "lame" because it is okay to make fun of your name sometimes.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love them all. And Claudine, Claudina and Claudetta.

paulapuddephatt Says:


It's a lovely name. I think that the meaning, as with many others, is debatable. I can understand why you made up a meaning to read out, though. I always said that my name had no meaning, as name books didn't used to attribute the meaning to the feminine versions of names. It would say that Paul meant "small", but that Paula was "the Latin feminine version", Pauline "the French version", and so on. I suppose that, in that case, it could work out to look at it that way. Give the meaning to Claude and then at least the feminine versions don't have to share the burden. :-)

spec Says:


This is my name. In 5th grade a teacher of mine had us get up in front of the class and present the meaning of our name. When I found out my name meant "lame", I was so embarrassed that I made up a generic meaning and told that to the class instead. I was very self conscious about having a weird name with a weird meaning. Now that I am older, I am so thankful that I am not just another Emily, Ashley, or Elizabeth. I grew to love my name. It fits me really well, and it's cool to be different.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Pretty name

Michaela Says:


I hate this meaning! But I love the name! what a dilemma...

RoddyThlayli Says:


I used to really hate this name. And Claude. And Claudette. I still hate Claude and Claudette. But Claudia is growing on me. Still sounds a bit awkward, though.

headintheclouds Says:


The meaning of Claudia is terrible, but that aside, purely on aesthetics alone, the name itself really is stunning. It sounds very regal and glamorous with a hint of quirk and eccentricity. My friend Claudia suits my image of her name perfectly- gorgeous and capable, a practical and straight-shooting introvert with the personality of a black cat who warms up to some people only, seems intimidating from afar but is friendly to you once you befriend them.

eveyalecia Says:


Why do you say this used to mean something else? Claudia is from the Latin claudus, meaning "lame, crippled." Not really any room for interpretation there. I'm personally not a fan because of the meaning and the "clod" sound.

princessmadison Says:


This was about to be one of my cousins names, but it was changed to Grace. Thank god it was changed to Grace because I hate this name and this meaning so much! I prefer Grace!

vintageluvs Says:


I think I like this as a middle name. It sounds very elegant, lady-like, and antique, yet still an underused classic.

Taylor_23 Says:


when I first heard it, it wasn't my first thought of a good name, but now the more I hear it the more I like it

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I'm starting to like Claude, Claudia and Claudette!

flora_kate Says:


I dislike the 'clawed' sound in it, but it's starting to grow on me lately.

That Creepy Stalker Named Tess Says:


That is such a rude meaning! (Though I am sure it used to mean something else). I am not a fan of the name either.

AnonymousPerson Says:


I don't know...I wouldn't say I hated this name but I definitely don't like it. It makes me think of a little girl looking silly in very clonky high-heels.

Eva Thyssen Says:


I've always loved this name. It's my favourite one ^_^

strawberrydino Says:


The meaning is terrible but the name is beautiful

Orchid_Lover Says:


Interview With the Vampire is one of my favorite movies, so " have been a very, very...naughty...little...girl" is what I associate with this name. But it's still a decent name.

Guest Says:


I'm starting to like this name but I dislike the meaning. I was in 9th grade with a Claudia, before her I hated the name.

raevynstar Says:


I like it. :)