Claudia - love, love, love - but stuck on meaning...

(51 Posts)
lifesobeautiful Sat 02-Feb-13 21:32:09

Claudia is the only girl's name that I truly love. There are others I like, but none as much as Claudia. HOWEVER, it means 'lame' in Latin. I'd like to know how many of you would be put off by this. If anyone named their DD Claudia and they're now at an age where they hate the meaning. Would love your opinions.

Kyrptonite Sat 02-Feb-13 21:34:38

There was an Emperor Claudius. What parents would name a child destined to be an emperor something lame?

I like the name. I wouldn't worry too much about the meaning.

It also means 'persevering'

If you like the name don't let the 'lame' thing put you off

NowPlayingZone Sat 02-Feb-13 21:41:25

I loved it but discounted it for the same reason. It's a gorgeous name though.

StrawberryMojito Sat 02-Feb-13 21:44:31

It's a great name, dont let the apparent meaning put you off.

MikeOxardInTheSnow Sat 02-Feb-13 21:53:22

I would not be put off by meaning at all. Most people wouldn't have a clue and nobody would care.

Gugglebum Sat 02-Feb-13 21:57:03

You can always load up your middle name(s) with fab meanings, and still use a first name you adore.

LynetteScavo Sat 02-Feb-13 22:11:05

I hate the meaning, but love the name too.

Which is why DD has a completely different name.

FergusSingsTheBlues Sat 02-Feb-13 22:16:41

The reason i never could use Cecily (blind).

lifesobeautiful Sat 02-Feb-13 22:30:42

Thanks so much everyone. I read the positive ones saying I should go for it and I WILL myself to get past it...but still struggling. Vacillate between being fine with it and then thinking no way (perils of indecisiveness in pregnancy!) Going to try and relax about it and see what happens. And continue to read your thoughts! Fergus also love Cecilia but couldn't get past the blind!

echidnakid Sat 02-Feb-13 22:39:47

I am really interested in names and meanings and know about Claudia but I still think it's a lovely name. In fact I have had this conversation with my adult friend Claudia (as we considered Cameron for a while which means "crooked nose" and I wanted her opinion) and she says it has never bothered her, it's not like people ask her what her name means on a regular basis! She said her girlfriends and her once had a conversation about it in high school and all looked up their name meanings in a book and when they read out "Claudia: lame" she just laughed and said "oh great!" and they all laughed then moved on to the other names and laughed at some of the other meanings.

So (long story short!) I don't think your little girl will mind that her name has a less than ideal meaning, especially since it's such a nice name.

DowntonTrout Sat 02-Feb-13 22:41:02

I have a Claudia.

It is beautiful, especially when pronounced by southern Europeans, CLOUD-IA.

Funnily enough, she was looking up name meanings tonight and was disappointed to find it meant lame. She's 11. If that is all that has troubled her in in 11 years of having the name then I think that's pretty good.

We call her Claud or Clauds. We've not come across another her age until recently, and even then, it was an older teen. I think it's been my best name choice of my 3 DCs in that it is not "popular" but it's not so unusual that nobody knows it.

Go for it, we've been very happy with it.

MidnightMasquerader Sun 03-Feb-13 03:55:03

Well, it hasn't done Claudia Schiffer any harm, nor the scores of German girls and women with the name.

Put it this way - what do you actually think the meaning is going to do? Come true? Well, exactly, of course it's not.

It's a beautiful name. My name means 'devoted to God', or 'consecrated to...' depending on which name book you read. Well, hardly...! grin I mean, it's not as if, having been bestowed the name, I was destined for a nunnery!

The first time I learnt the meaning, as a young teenager probably, I laughed at the incongruity of it, much like DowntonTrout's DD. smile

No big deal. And yes, I say this as someone who is aware of the meaning but probably just because I'm a name geek. The loveliness of the name Claudia far outweighs any negative associations that might come with the meaning - which most people won't be aware of - or if they are, won't give more than a passing thought, if that.

tryingtoleave Sun 03-Feb-13 04:13:28

The emperor Claudius was lame.

clarehk Sun 03-Feb-13 05:02:09

Claudia is a lovely name. I am expecting DC2 in a few weeks and am deciding between Claudia and Francesca (if its a girl!). Don't be put off by the lame meaning, as gugglebum says, you can have a middle name with a bright, positive meaning to balance it out.

I say go for it!

legallyblond Sun 03-Feb-13 08:00:58

Well.... I love it but rejected it for the same reason. Meanings of names are important to me in a sort of naming your child/pronouncing something over them sort of way - so I'd say no. Irrational but I am fairly open to siritual stuff, so I guess that's why.

GraceSpeaker Sun 03-Feb-13 12:25:37

Couple of misconceptions: Claudius wasn't 'destined' to become emperor - he was kept out of public life because of his various mild disabilities until the murder of his nephew Caligula. He also wasn't called Claudius because of his lameness - it was his family name.

Agree with Midnight: Claudia's a lovely name, despite its meaning, which almost no one would be aware of.

IJustWoreMyTrenchcoat Sun 03-Feb-13 13:59:52

It wouldn't put me off at all. A beautiful name, a possible middle name if I have a girl along with Greta or Margot. I know the meaning but it doesn't put me off.

I used to have a book of names when I was little, and was fascinated with the origins and meanings. But I just want to give my children names I love, the meaning doesn't come into it for me, though I appreciate some people pick names based on meaning.

If it is the name you truly love, I wouldn't let anything put you off. You may always regret not using it.

If DS1 had been a girl, we would have called him Amelia, despite the fact that it means 'no limbs'. I think that the child themselves becomes the biggest meaning of that name for you, and that surpasses any other meanings attached to the name.

Snazzynewyear Sun 03-Feb-13 14:06:38

I wouldn't be bothered. Language changes with the times. Husband no longer means someone who tends the animals! Why let the archaic meaning of something which is well out of most people's awareness stop you using a name you love?

CruCru Sun 03-Feb-13 14:48:31

I love Claudia.

lifesobeautiful Sun 03-Feb-13 15:55:05

Thanks everybody!! Today it's back at the top of the list - and I'm going to try not to give the meaning another thought. You've all really really helped.

lifesobeautiful Sun 03-Feb-13 15:57:47

PS - ClareHK Francesca is also on our list, such beautiful name.

OkayHazel Sun 03-Feb-13 16:17:08

DowntonTrout Just being nosey, as I love Claudia - what are your other DCs called?

farmersdaugther Sun 03-Feb-13 16:46:51

Love love love this name. Completely understand what you mean OP.

Don't let it put you off....smile

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