Gladys Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Gladys:
Variant of Gwladus, an old name of uncertain derivation, perhaps a Welsh feminine form of the Latin Claudius, an old Roman family name derived from claudus (lame).
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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another name to think of is Kalidas \k(a)-li-das\ variant of Calida (Greek, Spanish), and the meaning of Kalidas is "most beautiful; heated, with warmth".
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Name of my old babysitter (whom I love dearly and am still in contact with), my cousin and aunt's housekeeper's name, and one of my great-grandmothers' names
I knew a woman named Gladney.
That's my name. I hated it growing up because I was the only Gladys I knew who was younger than 60. Everyone spells it wrong: Glayds, Gladis etc. Lots and lots of jokes about Gladwrap as a child. Also when everyone else's name meant 'princess' or 'beloved' I had many jokes directed at me about being 'lame' or 'disabled'.
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It is of Welsh origin. Variant of Claudia (Latin) "lame". The name was used in several Edwardian romantic novels.
- Famous real-life people named Gladys: | Edit
Gladys Knight, African-American singer
Gladys Cooper, English actress
Gladys Aylward, English missionary whose story inspired the film "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness"
Gladys Baker, Marilyn Monroe's mother
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Gladys Kravitz, nosy neighbor on the American sitcom "Bewitched"
"Pete and Gladys", 1960s TV comedy
Gladys Hotchkiss, quick-witted secretary in the play and film, "The Pajama Game"
Book and movie about Gladys Alward:
The Small Woman by Alan Burgess
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, starring Ingrid Bergman.
Miss Gladys Glotz, in the internet comic blog, "The Greasers of Hazzick Flats" - secretary to Mr. Smottle, principal of Hazzick Flats High School. http://www.thegreasersofhazzickflats.blogspot.com