Gladys comes from an old Welsh name, Gwladus, of uncertain meaning though it could possibly be derived from gwlad meaning “country” which derives from a PIE source. It has also been used as the Welsh form of Claudia meaning “lame, crippled”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Gwladys (Welsh) Gwladus (Welsh)  


Claudia is the feminine form of Claudius, an Ancient Roman family name meaning “lame, crippled” from Latin claudus.  Origin: Latin Variants: Klaudia (Polish, Slovak) Klavdiya (Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian) Klaudija (Croatian) Claudette (French, English) Claudine (French, English) Cláudia (Portuguese) Klavdija (Slovene) Gladys (Welsh, English) Claude (French, English) Claudie (French)   Male forms: Claudius (Ancient Roman) Claudio (Italian, Spanish)…