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

The name Maude is a girl's name of German origin meaning "battle-mighty". Maude and is often added to lists like Unique Girl Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Pick 5 (GIRLS)".

From the experts:

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

Maud's early popularity was influenced by the Tennyson poem that included the oft-quoted line, "Come into the garden, Maude." Then, in the 1970's, along came the sitcom Maude, featuring the vociferous and opinionated character Maude Finlay, putting a very different spin on the name. But enough decades have now passed for the name to have settled back into its soft, sweet pastel image.

The Maud spelling has British royal associations via the daughter of Edward VII, who later became Queen of Norway; Maud Gonne was a famous Irish political activist.

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Famous People Named Maude

Maude aka Matilda, Holy Roman Empress consort of Henry V; claimant to the English throne
Maude Apatow, American actress; daughter of film director Judd Apatow and actress Leslie Mann
Maude Amber McAfee-Maggart, American singer; sister of Fiona Apple
Maude George, American actress
Maude Allen, American actress
Maude Eburne, Canadian actress
Maude Victoria Barlow, Canadian activist
Maude Turner Gordon, American actress
Maude Phelps McVeigh Hutchins, American novelist
(Ellen) Maude Carey, first woman postmaster in the British Empire
Maude Nugent, American singer and composer
Maude Gabrielle Harcheb, French singer and TV personality
(Agnes) Maude Royden, English preacher and suffragist
Maude Fay, American operatic soprano
Maude Dominica Mary Petre, English nun, writer and critic
Maude Mary (Hawk) Fealy, American silent film actress
Maude Ewing Adams, American actress; first person to play Peter Pan in America
Lucy Maude (L.M.) Montgomery, Canadian novelist

Pop Culture References for the name Maude

Maude Findlay, main character on TV's "Maude"
Maude Flanders, character on TV's "The Simpsons"
Maude Lebowski, character in film "The Big Lebowski"
Princess Maude, character in The Pillars of the Earth series
Maude Coleman, character from Tracy Chevlair's "Falling Angels"
Marjorie "Maude" Chardin, main character in 1971 film "Harold & Maude"
Maude Guillory, character in 1984 film "Micki & Maude"


GenEric Says:


I'd never name a girl this, but I've actually warmed up to it, especially the more feminine Maude spelling.

briarblossom Says:


Love Maude and Maud!

Abbott Says:


Love this name. Don't see why everyone seems to hate it.

Abbott Says:


I have to disagree. I think it's a very pretty name.

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Abbott Says:


It's a very old name, much like Emma or Irene. Nothing "hipster" about it.

Daiseymae Says:


Totally agree with you.

Daiseymae Says:


This dates back to the early 1900s; I have never liked this name.

briarblossom Says:


I also like Maude and Maud more than Matilda. I agree it's somehow chic.

bordercollie Says:


I really don't like Maude/Maud. Just sounds so heavy and flat. I feel like it's the kind of name hipster parents would give to their daughters, trying to set them apart as vintage and unique. I don't see the charm, sorry.

Samsonite Says:


Has to be the heaviest, most plodding, least appealing female name that exists.

Samsonite Says:


Heavy, plodding, and awful. A hipster name.

Essa Says:


A lot of people seem to have this same opinion, strangely, I see it as the opposite. I feel like the e adds clunk to an already feminine name.

irishdancer428 Says:


I think Maude is a bit more feminine, and Maud is equally pretty but tough. I love this name, especially the meaning!

paulapuddephatt Says:


I agree. It sounds fresh again. The Maude spelling possibly helps, although I like Maud, also.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Love this name

Daiseymae Says:


And then there's Maude!!!!!!!

indiefendi2 Says:


I think Maude is kinda chic. there is a beautiful young model named Maud Welzen who has worked for Victoria's Secret.

Toronto87 Says:


I view Maude as being a chic well dressed woman. For me, it doesn't have that spinster vibe anymore.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I like Maudie, I don't like Maude/Maud, and I don't like nicknames as first names. Kind of have a dilemma here.

Odd May Says:


You've just described the Maude right here!

Jo Jo Says:


Maude, I can see her now, curled up in a chair with a book and an apple, wearing socks that don't match. Also answers to Maudie.

I wish my husband liked this name.

Maudie Jane Merkle Says:


Same here! My Great Mammaw's twin spells it the same way. Maud Drilla Mattox! They had rhyming middle names! Maud Drilla and Audrey Rilla! Cute!

Essa Says:


Just curious... I often say I'd use Maud as a middle name (it's my grandma's name) and more often than not people say they prefer Maude, what's your preference and why? I'm not particularly bothered either way but seen as its my grandma's name I'd stick to the way she spells it.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I like this A LOT more than Matilda.

clairels Says:


One celebrity use does not immediately revitalize a name.

Daiseymae Says:


I loathe Ethel, Edith, Agnes too. I only can think of Archie screaming at his cousin Mawwde over women's rights." Hey Ee-dit, gimme a beeya!"

Guest Says:


I think Maude Apatow makes it young. Mildred should be grouped with Beulah and Agatha et al

Daiseymae Says:


I never ever liked this name. It is right there with Bertha, Beulah, Agatha, and Gladys.

MaryKathryn Says:


I'm slowly warming up to this name. I love Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann, which makes the name even better!