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".
I think Gladys is a very pretty, not-too-common name. I like the idea of naming twins Gladys and Gloria.
I really think the name is pretty. Why do people make fun of it?
My mom's name was Gladys. She said she was named for the Gladiolus flower as many feminine names in the early 1900's were derived from flowers (Narcisus, Peony). Gladiolus symbolizes strength and moral integrity as well as infatuation (the recipient "pierces the giver's heart with passion". from Teleflora/meaning-of-flowers. i always thought the name was an enigma; hard to pin down, hard to define. Also Elvis Presley's mother's name was Gladys (Love) Presley.
- Personal experiences with the name Gladys
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'.
Also jokes about Glad-Ass and Happy Butt!
- Nicknames for Gladys
Glad, Gladdy, meow, meowmers
- Meanings and history of the name Gladys
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
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 Smith Presley, Elvis' mother.
Gladys Baker, Marilyn Monroe's mother
- Gladys in song, story & screen
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, the principal of Hazzick Flats High School. http://www.thegreasersofhazzickflats.blogspot.com