Gladys

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267k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
341
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Gladys

"Gladys" is a name of Welsh origin, and it means "Country". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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Anglicized from Welsh Gwladus, of uncertain origin, perhaps connected with gwlad (“country”).

  1. A female given name.

Notable Persons Named Gladys

Mary Pickford was an actress, producer, screenwriter, actor, and film producer. She was most prominent from 1905 to 1949. Mary was given the name Gladys Louise Smith by her parent Charlotte Hennessey on April 8th, 1892 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She passed away on May 29th, 1979.

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Gladys Knight is a rhythm, blues, boogie (genre), funk, soul music, gospel music, and pop music musician. She holds the title I Heard It Through the Grapevine". She was most prominent from 1953 to present. Gladys was given the name Gladys Maria Knight on May 28th, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Gladys is also known as The Empress of Soul.

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Jean Arthur was an actress. She was most prominent from 1923 to 1975. Jean was given the name Gladys Georgianna Greene on October 17th, 1900 in Plattsburgh, New York, U.S. She passed away on June 19th, 1991.

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Gladys was born on September 30th, 1957 in New York City.

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Dame Gladys Cooper was an actress. She was most prominent from 1905 to present. Dame was given the name Gladys Constance Cooper on December 18th, 1888 in Hither Green, London, England. She died on November 17th, 1971.

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Gladys May Aylward was a christian missionary. Gladys was born on February 24th, 1902 in Edmonton, London. Gladys is also known as 艾偉德. She breathed her last breath on January 3rd, 1970.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Gladys

Lady was born on April 24th, 1859. She died on October 27th, 1917.

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How popular is the baby name Gladys in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 20 20 0
1881 40 40 0
1882 46 46 0
1883 71 71 0
1884 92 92 0
1885 91 91 0
1886 131 131 0
1887 201 201 0
1888 314 314 0
1889 414 414 0 #96 girl name
1890 525 525 0 #82 girl name
1891 633 633 0 #70 girl name
1892 867 867 0 #65 girl name
1893 1,017 1,017 0 #58 girl name
1894 1,258 1,258 0 #47 girl name
1895 1,470 1,464 6 #41 girl name
1896 1,762 1,757 5 #33 girl name
1897 1,746 1,737 9 #32 girl name
1898 2,145 2,136 9 #27 girl name
1899 2,236 2,228 8 #20 girl name
1900 2,749 2,733 16 #21 girl name
1901 2,686 2,676 10 #11 girl name
1902 2,821 2,809 12 #12 girl name
1903 2,686 2,674 12 #14 girl name
1904 2,987 2,976 11 #14 girl name
1905 3,013 2,996 17 #14 girl name
1906 3,012 3,000 12 #16 girl name
1907 3,317 3,303 14 #14 girl name
1908 3,596 3,580 16 #15 girl name
1909 3,550 3,538 12 #15 girl name
1910 3,862 3,842 20 #15 girl name
1911 3,947 3,933 14 #18 girl name
1912 4,998 4,980 18 #19 girl name
1913 5,447 5,428 19 #19 girl name
1914 6,260 6,227 33 #20 girl name
1915 7,886 7,857 29 #21 girl name
1916 8,049 8,019 30 #22 girl name
1917 8,109 8,075 34 #23 girl name
1918 8,760 8,735 25 #22 girl name
1919 8,741 8,717 24 #21 girl name
1920 8,832 8,819 13 #22 girl name
1921 8,836 8,813 23 #24 girl name
1922 8,061 8,040 21 #25 girl name
1923 7,721 7,696 25 #29 girl name
1924 7,811 7,791 20 #30 girl name
1925 7,261 7,232 29 #33 girl name
1926 6,659 6,632 27 #35 girl name
1927 6,452 6,414 38 #37 girl name
1928 5,827 5,795 32 #41 girl name
1929 5,352 5,329 23 #44 girl name
1930 5,088 5,063 25 #48 girl name
1931 4,379 4,349 30 #55 girl name
1932 4,199 4,183 16 #54 girl name
1933 3,615 3,583 32 #60 girl name
1934 3,637 3,610 27 #66 girl name
1935 3,164 3,148 16 #78 girl name
1936 2,957 2,943 14 #84 girl name
1937 2,888 2,870 18 #86 girl name
1938 2,606 2,590 16
1939 2,439 2,417 22
1940 2,256 2,245 11
1941 2,238 2,222 16
1942 2,198 2,191 7
1943 2,111 2,111 0
1944 1,908 1,901 7
1945 1,708 1,708 0
1946 1,720 1,714 6
1947 1,820 1,820 0
1948 1,607 1,601 6
1949 1,554 1,545 9
1950 1,529 1,529 0
1951 1,455 1,450 5
1952 1,309 1,304 5
1953 1,368 1,368 0
1954 1,270 1,261 9
1955 1,234 1,228 6
1956 1,175 1,170 5
1957 1,071 1,071 0
1958 958 953 5
1959 851 845 6
1960 862 862 0
1961 819 819 0
1962 714 714 0
1963 694 688 6
1964 627 627 0
1965 578 578 0
1966 435 435 0
1967 442 442 0
1968 382 382 0
1969 399 399 0
1970 370 365 5
1971 343 343 0
1972 244 244 0
1973 270 270 0
1974 267 267 0
1975 311 311 0
1976 262 257 5
1977 270 270 0
1978 201 201 0
1979 237 237 0
1980 291 291 0
1981 261 255 6
1982 292 292 0
1983 221 216 5
1984 226 226 0
1985 256 256 0
1986 231 231 0
1987 242 236 6
1988 243 243 0
1989 265 265 0
1990 448 448 0
1991 337 332 5
1992 312 312 0
1993 320 320 0
1994 289 289 0
1995 282 282 0
1996 277 277 0
1997 250 250 0
1998 192 192 0
1999 214 214 0
2000 184 184 0
2001 184 184 0
2002 198 198 0
2003 190 190 0
2004 186 186 0
2005 203 203 0
2006 207 207 0
2007 160 160 0
2008 135 135 0
2009 120 120 0
2010 103 103 0
2011 81 81 0
2012 81 81 0
2013 69 69 0
2014 73 73 0
2015 83 83 0
2016 71 71 0

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Popularity of Gladys as a first name

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Popularity of Gladys as a last name

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Common last names for Gladys

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Thompson
  • Moore
  • Martin
  • Thomas
  • White
  • Clark
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Nelson
  • Hall

Common first names for Gladys

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gladys U.S.
  White 72.14% 64.26%
  African American 15.84% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 10.56% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gladys

People with the last name Gladys are most frequently White, African American, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Gladys

  • How Popular is the name Gladys? Gladys is the 275th most popular name of all time. As a last name Gladys was the 59,324th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Gladys have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 267,183 babies born with the first name Gladys in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gladys to occupy the territory of New Caledonia (France) with an estimated population of 259,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gladys? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 20 new born babies.
  • When was Gladys first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gladys is Saturday, July 30th, 1859.
  • What year had the most people named Gladys born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gladys was in 1920 with a total of 8,819 babies. That's a lot of babies named Gladys!
  • Random Gladys Factoid: According to the 1940 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Gladys ranks 96th in popularity as a baby girl's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 15 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 1940.
  • Weird things about the name Gladys: Your name in reverse order is Sydalg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Galyds. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gladys? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 341 people with the last name Gladys.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gladys? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Gladys as their last name since less than 1 person in 833k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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