Gender: Female Meaning of Gladys: "land, nation" Origin of Gladys: Possibly a form or Claudia or Welsh

Gladys Origin and Meaning

The name Gladys is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "land, nation".

Hard as it might be to believe, Gladys was the Harper of 1900, emerging almost out of nowhere to take the naming world by storm. It became a favorite among parents--and writers of romantic Edwardian novels, seen as somewhat exotic. One impetus was the 1870 Ouida novel Puck, whose heroine was the idealized beauty, Gladys Gerant.

Gladys reached as high as Number 11 at the turn of the last century, popular along with other s-ending names such as Doris. Though Gladys hasn't shown any signs of revival yet, some parents might respond to the 'glad'ness of it, and its gladiola-flower feel.

It's been associated in the U.S. with singer Gladys Knight.

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Pop Culture References for the name Gladys

Gladyss, Gladness, Glad, Glady, Gladi, Gladdis, Gladwyse, Gwladys, Gwyladyss, Gladdys, Gladis, Gladiz


Renee5322 Says:


It's not too bad, but I always have to remind myself that it's pronounced like GLAD-is and not rhyming with ladies.

Diaper Bagge Says:


Love, love, love this name!

sheigh Says:


Strong name like i really appreciate !

5sparrows Says:


Pretty but the meaning is sad.

TiffanyS Says:


This name is used more often in the Hispanic community than the white community, in my experience. And when they say it, it sounds like Cla-reese, accent on the first syllable, which I think sounds really pretty. Cla-rees, Glaw-dees.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I really like it, but not the meaning. Weird, as I also love Claude, Claudia and the various other feminine versions of Claude, especially Claudetta and Claudine. Those names also supposedly mean "lame".

Daiseymae Says:


Boo hoo for sharing my opinion.

Daiseymae Says:


I am entitled to my opinion. lol

aaronburrsir Says:


The meaning is... unfortunate. I also can't shake the association with a certain Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System.

Catastroffy Says:


I don't find this name ugly. It isn't one of my particular favourite names, but I do see it as a pretty Welsh name, with a glad sound. I actually find it a bit more authentic spelt Gwladys, but I like it either way.

lesliemarion Says:


Goodness! What ferocious argument about sweet little Gladys! Love the name, love the sound, don't care about the meaning. Makes me think of a handsome gladiola.

indiefendi2 Says:


9 times out of 10 I dislike early 1900 names but I kinda like Gladys. It has a sorta "happy" sound to it. I'd prefer to use Gloria tho if I'm going for an older name.

raevynstar Says:


Cute name. I hated it until some user (I forget the screen name) posted a long time ago about their positive association, and now that's what I think of too. :)

Taylee Says:


How rude to tell someone the name they love is ugly! Your account should be suspended

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:


I remember reading on a different site that this name means 'Territorial Ruler' and on another it means 'sword' so you don't have to use the 'lame' meaning. I personally like this name and think it's rather cute.

DearestJules Says:


I can see it both ways -- to me Gladys is both "glamorous" and "gruesome." On the one hand, Gladys sounds like the name of an old Hollywood actress or something, but on the other hand, Gladys is just ugly.

gmdx Says:


Though, I personally dislike it, the evil part of this name is the meaning. I don't know about other schools, but I've had at least one project that has required me to look up the origin and meaning of my name. The poor girl would be teased mercilessly!

Daiseymae Says:


Not many people do. You can always call her "Happy Butt".

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Just because you don't like it, that does not mean there aren't people who do.

amberdaydream Says:


I meant "kind of glamorous". Don't tell me what I mean. :)

Daiseymae Says:


You mean gruesome. I could never ever name a child this name. It sound like glad ass.

amberdaydream Says:


I admit it....... I quite like this name. It's kind of glamorous.