Claudia or Harriet?

(64 Posts)
Mythoughts Mon 05-Nov-12 15:16:59

After much debate, we are settled on these two names, I prefer one and my DH prefers the other. Which do you prefer?

survivingautumn Thu 15-Nov-12 13:44:25

Love both and they were high up my list for dd smile

Claudia just edges it for me as it is a little more unusual but I think Harriet is an equally lovely name.

I have never heard the association of the name Claudia with 'lame' confused It was my DM's 'Latin' name at school in the 1960's so will ask her..

StellaNova Wed 14-Nov-12 13:53:59

I love Harriet. Mainly because of Harriet Vane in Dorothy Sayers, but I still love the name.

On the other hand I feel I have been loving Harriet quite a few times on threads recently, and I have never seen Claudia come up, so maybe Harriet is becoming more popular? (I like Claudia but the Claw sound puts me off a little, unless you pronounce it Cloud-ia)

strawberryswing Wed 14-Nov-12 11:45:24

Harriet is gorgeous but i really hate Claudia (sorry to any Claudias or mums of Claudia!)

PandaWatch Tue 13-Nov-12 14:40:14

Linerunner is right.

The association between Claudia and lame comes from the fact that Emperor Claudius allegedly suffered from various physical afflictions. Therefore the name pre-dates this meaning. The myth of the vestal virgin Claudia also predates this.

Remember that Latin taught today evolved over hundreds of years.

A comparison would be the name Hector, which means to hold fast but now also has the meaning to bully - a meaning which was long preceded by Hector of The Illiad.

blondefriend Fri 09-Nov-12 22:57:07

Harriet. I know a few babies/toddlers called Harriet so the name will fit in without being too common. It's also very pretty. I do teach a beautiful girl called Claudia but I generally think of the name as being for older people.

Bessie123 Fri 09-Nov-12 13:35:29

linerunner your argument is super lame

LineRunner Fri 09-Nov-12 13:21:06

(I believe that the origins of the Latium gens 'Claudius' do appear to predate by far any association of the name with 'lameness'.)

michellec1302 Fri 09-Nov-12 11:52:17

Harriet edges it for me. I wanted to be called Harriet when I was younger because of the film Harriet the Spy which I was obsessed with smile

Unless i've always pronounced it incorrectly, I have no idea where the 'hairy' nicknames are coming from. You could probably derive an ugly word from alot of names if you tried.

LineRunner Fri 09-Nov-12 10:47:26

It is a myth, honest guv. Those derivations are guesswork that have become modern factoids.

poppydaisy Fri 09-Nov-12 10:42:35

"Claudia doesn't actually mean 'lame'; it's a latin urban myth. And even if it did, who cares?"

The name Claudia is derived from the latin adjective 'claudus, clauda, claudum'
which means:
2.limping, lame

"Who cares" Well, I think I would care if my name had that meaning. Especially as there are so many other beautiful names out there with nicer (or no) meanings.

mummybare Fri 09-Nov-12 07:32:24

Hmmm, to me, Harriet is a bit Enid Blighton Jolly Hockey Sticks. Claudua is lovely, though - international and sophisticated while still working for a baby/child. Beautiful!

LineRunner Thu 08-Nov-12 23:22:13

Claudia doesn't actually mean 'lame'; it's a latin urban myth. And even if it did, who cares? Really?

It's beautiful.

I like Harriet, too.

scarlettsmummy2 Thu 08-Nov-12 23:16:29


Yourefired Thu 08-Nov-12 23:07:07

Harriet. Bias as knew a claudia (which is a perfectly lovely name) who had a cockney nanny who used to screech "cloudier" at the poor bean.

Fozzleyplum Thu 08-Nov-12 23:05:36

Definitely Harriet, which I love. I don't mind Claudia, except for the Latin meaning. I know this is very subjective, but in my opinion, Harriet is a less "try hard" name, iyswim.

chickydoo Thu 08-Nov-12 23:01:33

Claudia is very Germanic, also quite harsh sounding, what would you shorten it too?
Claude?? That's hideous.
Harriet is sweet, Hattie is gorgeous

tigerdriverII Thu 08-Nov-12 22:59:36

Harriet. If DS had been a girl that's what he'd have been. But in the spirit of Harry Hill - there's only one way to find out.....

baskingseals Thu 08-Nov-12 22:56:23

i like Harriet more.

i would prefer to be called Harriet rather than Claudia.

How the hell are you pronouncing Harriet that it begins with hairy?

I have a Harriet like MadameC's smile Everyone comments on how lovely her name is.

Otterpop Thu 08-Nov-12 14:40:26

I like them both, but prefer Claudia ever so slightly.

MadameCastafiore Thu 08-Nov-12 14:16:44

We have a Harriet and she is neither fat nor hairy.

Everyone thinks it is a very pretty name and she is a lovely, balanced, clever, pretty little girl (well at 5' 3" and 12 not too little).

The only Claudia I knew in real life was a year above me at school and a complete bitch - one of those who ignored you and made all of her friends ignore you if you were out of favour.

So Harriet but then I am very biased! Oh and our Harriet is always Harriet at home but Hatty or Harry to her friends.

RosannaBanana Thu 08-Nov-12 14:13:33

Prefer Harriet. Nice name, and name meanings are important to me. What happens when your daughter asks you what her name means?

PandaWatch Thu 08-Nov-12 13:51:50

Yes - I think you have grin

I honestly don't think most people would make a connection between Claudia and lame as there is nothing obvious to connect the two words unless you have a good knowledge of Latin.

Lebkuchenfan Thu 08-Nov-12 12:40:58

I think some names have more 'obvious' meanings than others and Claudia happens to be one where the Latin root 'claudus', meaning crippled, lame is quite promiment. But perhaps I've just studied too much Latin grin.

PandaWatch Thu 08-Nov-12 12:13:39

Unless you're looking at baby name books or researching names online for baby naming, how many people actually consider what a name means when they meet someone? I'm sure if you call your DD Claudia most people's first reaction won't be "oh that comes from the Latin for lame".

Besides, it's not done Claudia Winkleman any harm - despite her being one of the most annoying presenters in the world!

Oh, and there is a feisty Claudia in Roman mythology:

Claudia was a Vestal Virgin as was thought to be Tarpeia, Tuccia, and Rhea Sylvia, who conceived Romulus and Remus. In Roman mythology Vesta pertains to a Roman goddess, the Sacred fire of Vesta, and the Temple of Vesta.

Claudia, a descendant of noble Roman stock, was devoted to her father and had much love for him. One day the Roman Senate decreed a great honor on him. While he was celebrating an elaborate triumph in front of a large crowd, a tribune of jealous plebs lunged forward to do him harm. Claudia, seeing this from the sidelines, rushed in between the plebs and her father to protect him. Somehow, this small woman managed to forge between her father and the attackers, giving her father a chance to escape. He was then able to continue his grand triumphal march to the Capital. Claudia, in turn, was also able to march triumphant back to the Temple of Vesta.

So I vote Claudia! smile

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