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Claudia or Harriet?

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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?

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.

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


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.

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!

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.

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

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

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 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'.)

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

linerunner your argument is super lame

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.

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.

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

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

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)

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..

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