Gladys Name Meaning & Origin

Gladys

Pronunciation: GLA-dis (key)

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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Nicknames for Gladys

Glad, Gladdy

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.

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