English and French diminutive of Matilda, German

Maude Origin and Meaning

The name Maude is a girl's name of German origin meaning "battle-mighty".
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.

Maude's early popularity was influenced by the Tennyson poem that included the oft-quoted line, "Come into the garden, Maude." Then, in the 1970s, 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.

Parents today are more likely to associate the name with young actress Maude Apatow, who rose to fame in HBO's Euphoria. She may be the catalyst needed to finally popularize her name again.

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 MatildaHoly Roman Empress consort of Henry V; claimant to the English throne
  • Maude ApatowAmerican actress; daughter of film director Judd Apatow and actress Leslie Mann
  • Maude Amber McAfeeMaggart, American singer; sister of Fiona Apple
  • Maude GeorgeAmerican actress
  • Maude AllenAmerican actress
  • Maude EburneCanadian actress
  • Maude Victoria BarlowCanadian activist
  • Maude Turner GordonAmerican actress
  • Maude Phelps McVeigh HutchinsAmerican novelist
  • (Ellen) Maude Careyfirst woman postmaster in the British Empire
  • Maude NugentAmerican singer and composer
  • Maude Gabrielle HarchebFrench singer and TV personality
  • (Agnes) Maude RoydenEnglish preacher and suffragist
  • Maude FayAmerican operatic soprano
  • Maude Dominica Mary PetreEnglish nun, writer and critic
  • Maude Mary (Hawk) FealyAmerican silent film actress
  • Maude Ewing AdamsAmerican actress; first person to play Peter Pan in America
  • Lucy Maude (L.M.) MontgomeryCanadian novelist

Maude in Pop Culture

  • Maude Findlaymain character on TV's "Maude"
  • Maude Flanderscharacter on TV's "The Simpsons"
  • Maude Lebowskicharacter in film "The Big Lebowski"
  • Princess Maudecharacter in The Pillars of the Earth series
  • Maude Colemancharacter from Tracy Chevlair's "Falling Angels"
  • Marjorie "Maude" Chardinmain character in 1971 film "Harold & Maude"
  • Maude Guillorycharacter in 1984 film "Micki & Maude"
  • Maudea character in TV’s BoJack Horseman

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