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Gender: Female Meaning of Maud: "battle-mighty" Origin of Maud: Variation of Matilda

The name Maud is a girl's name meaning "battle-mighty". Maud and is often added to lists like Badass Princess Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

From the experts:

Maud, lacy and mauve-tinted, was wildly popular a hundred years ago, but has been rarely heard in the past fifty. Some stylish parents are starting to choose Maud again, especially as a middle. Maude is another spelling.

As a British royal name, Maud was the daughter of the youngest daughter of King Edward VII and granddaughter of Queen Victoria, who went on to become Queen of Norway. As a lively young girl, she was given the boyish nickname of Harry.

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Famous People Named Maud

Maud Charlotte Mary Victoria of Wales, Queen consort of Haakon VII of Norway; daughter of Edward VII
Maud Alexandra Victoria Georgina Bertha of Fife, Princess of the U.K.; Countess of Southesk; granddaughter of Edward VII
Lucy Maud "L.M." Montgomery, Canadian novelist
Maud Gonne, Irish revolutionary
Maud Solveig Christina Adams, Swedish actress
Maud Powell, American violinist
Maud Mulder, Dutch pop singer
Maud Hart Lovelace, American novelist
Maud Elizabeth Ballington Booth, American Salvation Army leader
Maud Howe Elliott, American author and biographer
Maud Green, mother of Queen Catherine Parr of England
Maud Gage Baum, wife of noveist L. Frank Baum
Maud Henty, daughter of novelist G. A. Henty
Maud Angelica Behn (b. 2003), daughter of Princess Martha Louise of Norway
Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina Windsor (b. 2013), daughter of Lord Frederick Windsor and Sophie Winkleman

Pop Culture References for the name Maud

Maud Flynn, character in "A Drowned Maiden's Hair"
Maud Moonshine, character in "The Worst Witch" series
Maud Angel, character in the Confession series by James Patterson
Maud Pie, character in animated series "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic"
Maud Hardy, character in G. A. Henty's, Out on the Pampas
Maud Brown, character in "The Whole Truth" by Kit Pearson
"Maud," poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Maud Bailey, character in A.S. Byatt's novel 'Possession'
Maud Spellbody, character in "The Worst Witch"

Maudine, Maudie, Maudlin


GenEric Says:


Maude (that spelling, but this one is okay) is one of my favourite girl names.

TheHumanCanvas Says:


Why shouldn't Maud make a comeback? I do see why some people wouldn't like it, but I think it's nice personally. My great grandmother was called Maud. It would be nice to use it as an honour name; I'd spell it Maud, not Maude, since that's how my great grandmother spelled it. It's a sweet vintage name, so it could well become more popular.

morning_glory Says:


If I had to name myself, this is what I'd choose. :)

paulapuddephatt Says:


I don't know. I guess any name can be used for any gender, if parents choose to. Look at James. Asking why Maud can't be a male name is like asking why Emma, Sophie or Rachel can't be. Just because they are female names and, to most of us, sound like it - but, if people choose to name their sons those names, then maybe this website will list them as unisex. I dated a guy whose daughter was called Justin, which to me, isn't as bad as calling girls James, Michael, Kevin, etc. Yet, this website doesn't list Justin as a unisex name. Some name books do. I prefer Justine for girls, but to each their own. Kind of a long reply, right? 😃

RoddyThlayli Says:


Why shouldn't it be a boys' name?

paulapuddephatt Says:


Do you think it should be a boys' name, then??? It was derived from Matilda.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Lovely name, so sweet, love this spelling and also Maude

connor Says:


Why is this meant to be a girl's name?

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caetano Says:


This is the only spelling I like (and the original spelling). Its gorgeous!

yvonne_virginia Says:


Lucy Maud Montgomery for the win! :-)

Bettina2 Says:


I'm surprised Im not seeing this name more. It's short and I love the spelling.