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

lifesobeautiful Sun 03-Feb-13 20:25:09

Thanks farmersdaughter! oh yes please DowntonTrout - do tell - or just one or two if you're worried it'll out you! I've now got three on my girls list: Claudia, Annabel and Jemima. And boys are sorted with William, Edward and Samual. My first DS is Charles (known as Charlie)

DowntonTrout Sun 03-Feb-13 21:00:24

Well my eldest, who is in his mid 20s now is a Josh(ua). However it became horribly popular a few years later.

It suits him though and is, I think a good solid name. His GF is a children's nurse and she comes home and tells us all the current names, some of them are horrors!

My middle child also suffered the same fate and her name became a top ten a few years later.

I am hoping we escape that with Claudia so DON'T CALL YOUR DDs Claudia please!! grin

If I were to name a child again, which I won't, I would scrap anything in the top 50. But not go so unusual that people can't spell it. I have a hankering for the name Sidonie for a girl at the moment after my Grandad Sydney.

Funny how your tastes change over the years. Good luck with the names.

lifesobeautiful Mon 04-Feb-13 10:54:27

Joshua's a beautiful name - sadly we can't use it as there's already one in the family. I don't mind popularity that much funnily, as long as it's a classic name, as opposed to one that's faddish!

shoobidoo Mon 04-Feb-13 11:18:13

Given that there are SO many lovely names out there, I'd personally not choose a name that is derived from the latin claudus meaning crippled/lame. Some names have more 'obvious' meanings, mainly from latin words and Claudia (and Cecilia) happen to be examples of obvious negative meanings. Shame really, as they sound nice otherwise.

Eskarina Tue 05-Feb-13 18:54:54

OP I love your top 3 girls names. Secretly hoping that both my twins are girls so I can use both claudia and Jemima! The meaning doesn't bother me - I love dd1s name, haven't the faintest idea what it means!
What middle names would you put with your girls names?

lifesobeautiful Tue 05-Feb-13 20:43:52

How gorgeous to have twin girls called Claudia and Jemima Eskarina! Well, I really want my mum's name, which is Mary, which, though a bit old-fashioned, I love. However, it doesn't flow THAT well, so may use her second name Elizabeth. In a way I wish I could be a bit freer with the middle name, but really would love to honour my mum that way. What about you?

lifesobeautiful Wed 06-Feb-13 08:38:46

Eskarina, I don't suppose you'd tell me what your first DD's name is? As we obviously have similar taste! But totally understand if you're worried it'll out you!

Gurraun Thu 07-Feb-13 09:01:24

It is a gorgeous name use it. If current pg is a dd I would use it in a heartbeat (except dh has said he hates it - along with every other name I like) :-(

hellokitty123 Thu 07-Feb-13 09:04:53

Some names have more obvious meanings than others. Some have no meanings. But Claudia happens to be derived directly from the latin claudus meaning disabled/lame/crippled. I'd choose another name as I would not want my daughter to grow up wondering why we didn't give her a name with a nicer meaning. But this may not bother you. But you did ask for our (honest) opinions.

lifesobeautiful Thu 07-Feb-13 17:05:36

I've given it a lot of thought now - and digested all your opinions, including those who advised against it. THANK YOU everybody. Anyway, I've decided that if she looks and feels like a Claudia when she's born, I will name her that. I decided that a) most people don't know or can't remember the meaning of their name. If you talk about it, it's once in a blue moon. And b) if I was called Claudia - I think I'd actually find the meaning quite funny and joke about it if I was with friends. One of the reasons I love the name, apart from just loving the actual sound of it (I always have since I first heard it at school), is that every girl I know called Claudia, famous and non-famous, I find beautiful. So I'll tell her that's why I named her that, because she was beautiful. And, as people have suggested, I'll give her a middle name which means strong or beautiful.

Trills Thu 07-Feb-13 17:06:39

I say "meh". If you like the sound, go for it. It's not like you're calling her Chlamydia.

Trills Thu 07-Feb-13 17:07:17

Would you be going for
Claw-dja
or
Cloud-ia

Bue Thu 07-Feb-13 17:22:34

I am always surprised that people care about meanings - I couldn't give two hoots about something like this! People won't know the meaning of the name unless you point it out to them, it's not like this is common knowledge. It's a great name - go for it!

WhichIsBest Thu 07-Feb-13 17:29:24

I love it and I know a beautiful (inside and out) Claudia too, she is Cloud-ia incidentally. smile

lljkk Thu 07-Feb-13 17:34:20

I like Claudia a lot. I thought it meant something like "mourning" in Latin, whereas James means Lame.

No one every worries about the meaning of James. Or that Joshua = English for Jesus.

And anyway, it's Latin ffs, nobody speaks Latin for real.

lifesobeautiful Thu 07-Feb-13 17:37:36

I adore both pronunciations actually, but I'm going for the Claw-dia one, as I feel like that's probably the more commonly used version in the UK, and I don't want her having to correct people constantly. Cloud-ia's stunning too though!

cantpooinpeace Thu 07-Feb-13 17:58:16

I have a Claudia grin so obvs love the name. The meaning never bothered us at all and no one's ever asked!

bigbadbarry Thu 07-Feb-13 18:05:22

My DD's name means twin and she isn't one smile Claudia is a beautiful name and I think that matters more. You wouldn't use a name you disliked just because it meant something good, would you

farmersdaugther Thu 07-Feb-13 18:08:45

It's strong, elegant, intelligent-sounding, ageless and completely beautiful. Please use it.

ElephantsAndMiasmas Thu 07-Feb-13 18:19:49

My brother's name means twin and he certainly isn't one. No-one can even really work out what mine means and, quite honestly, the only person who's ever been interested in what it means is me blush grin

I don't know what most names mean, even common ones like John and Anne and William and Dave and I'm a right one for knowing names. Suspect the only people who will know are other Claudias (who will be pleased there is a little one) and expectant parents!

BikeRunSki Thu 07-Feb-13 18:45:41

Do people other than pg women really think about the meanings of names, particularly if they are from unfamiliar languages.

I must say, no one has ever said the me "God has heard, to send you DS" or "What a beloved little French girl your DD is". Although I would like to think that I am noble and trustworthy. I really don't think names bestow their meaning on the holder. FWIW, my adult friend Claudia is the sportiest person I know - she cycles 25 miles each way for work and then some.

lifesobeautiful Thu 07-Feb-13 18:54:01

I can't tell you how THRILLED I am that most of you are encouraging me to use it. Thank you!

MidnightMasquerader Thu 07-Feb-13 20:55:44

Good for you, life.

Don't forget that names, more than anything really, are so much greater than the sum of their parts. Your daughter will be Claudia - your daughter; not Claudia - random meaning from history / a baby name book.

Individuals overtake any previous preconceptions and become the name, IYKWIM. Once your baby is a few months old, and certainly once she's an interacting little person, you'll wonder what you ever worried. Your Claudia associations and meanings will begin and end with her, and the same for everyone who knows and loves her. smile

JumpingJackSprat Thu 07-Feb-13 22:25:37

wow must be something about claudia and francesca as if i had a girl they would be the two names at the top of my list. i absolutely adore claudia, the meaning put me off a little but my name means bitter but i still love it.

MrsHBaby3 Fri 08-Feb-13 10:43:15

Sorry probably not much help but yes it would put me off, Id prob try to find a variation or use a dif baby name bk that said it meant something different!

rachel234 Fri 08-Feb-13 11:36:10

Perhaps I've studied too much Latin, but I can't see past the claudus = crippled association when I hear Claudia or Claudio. So I'm afraid it would put me off. Most names don't have any meanings, but some, like Claudia, are directly derived from a latin word.

There are so many names to choose from that I personally would choose another, but if you love Claudia despite the meaning, then I think you should use it.

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