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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Gladys
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Gladys in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Gladys:
Records indicate that 263,530 girls in the United States have been named Gladys since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1920, when 8,813 people in the U.S. were given the name Gladys. Those people are now 101 years old.
So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.
Comments about the name Gladys
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13 Positive Comments
"They best I can describe my name is - sexy. It has a Y and an s. It's very unique. It's a classy name for classy ladies. I feel honored to have that name. I am my own person, unique, as this name is not commonly found. It's very feminine. To have this name comes with some responsibility. It's not for everyone." Oct. 23, 2016:
"Hey! Gladys here. I feel really unique, as I have never met another Gladys before in my life, and I feel that's what makes me special!" May. 14, 2016:
"My story is basically the same as all teens that are named Gladys. Highschool rarely has any girls w a name like ours. I believe is amazing, many teachers believe it's a beautiful name, but then again, they're old ( back in their day) it was popular. Now, i think its quite trendy. It really does define me. Glad. Abslutley love how my mother and i share this name and i hope to name my daughter like that as well. I love it. (:" Jun. 4, 2015:
"Hello, my name is Gladys. It is 2:18 AM and I am writing this to let any other future Gladys out there (who possibly also happens to be googling her name for a better understanding as to what her name means) know that I am glad we share the same name. And as far as the whole meaning thing goes, I've come to the brief conclusion that our name is indeed a part of us, and ultimately it means us. We and our persona and our little ways of doing things are what gives our names meaning. Our name is one in the same, but it will come to mean different things to different people in our lifetime. One day we will meet a boy, or a girl, and our name will mean so much to them. One day we will come across a coworker, and they will recall our name with tenderness for years after have stopped working for that one company. I've recently found out that Marilyn Monroe's and Elvis Presley's mothers names were Gladys. It's a little stupid and odd, but I feel a sort of reassurance in that. Like one day I'll come to be a lovely and loving mom. I'm twenty-one years old, I'm a college student, I work at the home depot (and if you've ever been to a home depot, you know that all employees wear an apron with their name written on it), I'm sort of what's classified to be a writer, but mainly I just happen to have this sort of natural prose of a poet. I love music, so very much. I listen to everything from Bright Eyes to Billie Holiday to Rocio Durcal to Radiohead to The Doors to Sufjan Stevens to Edith Piaf to Beach House. I have a passion for cinema, and I'd like to consider myself as having a pretty decent taste in films. I pride myself in being a respectful, friendly, and honest person. I'm a bit strange, a little weird, and often times very awkward. I'm creative, very introspective, and I'd like to think of myself as being interesting. I drown myself in sad music and melancholic literature probably more than I should, but that's also a distinct part of me, and I'm fond of it. I don't know, I'm rambling way too much now, but that's another thing that makes me so Gladys. I write way more than I talk. I'm a very good listener. I'm Hispanic, both of my parents are from Mexico. I love my parent very much. I've lived in California since my first day of life up until this very sentence. One of my greatest aspirations in life is to travel. I'm a bit pale. I'm 5'6, I have dark brown eyes and a porcelain-like complexion. I like dressing up in attire inspired by past eras. My signature look is red lipstick. I hope to fall in-love with an incredible human being one day, as well as them with me. I'm often times conflicted about how I feel about my own self, but deep down I know I am a lovely and wonderful person. And you, you are just as lovely and wonderful too, Gladys. Stay gold. Au revoir." Jun. 22, 2014:
"My name is Gladys Mae too! I'm 16 but I was named after both of my grandmothers....so both names sound a bit old-fashioned but I think its unique and cool....I'm always telling people to name their kids gladys :) everybody says its an old lady name but not if I'm a teen so every name will be an old lady name sometime ....hello! :) but I'm for the most part always happy (glad) so I love my name it sets me apart :)" Jun. 6, 2013:
"My name is Gladys and I'm 15. Apparently, in America, it's an old name and people don't like to be called like that !
I'm French and in France, it's a rare name but not so old ! I never met another Gladys and I love that ! I'm feeling unique and different ! I LOVE my name and I don't mind if it's consider like "old", "ugly" for people in other countries ! I would not change my name, it's a part of me !
So, futur parents, don't hesitate ANY second to call your baby Gladys !" Apr. 24, 2012:
"Hello my name is Gladys and I was named it to give respect to my fathers sister who at age of 15 died in a car accident. I'm 36 and I love my name it is unique and very elegant. I hope the name will continue threw the ages. I sure can tell the name has never been associated to me as being an old lady if anything but sexy!!!" Apr. 19, 2011:
"Gladys Lizeth is my name.. At first i was okay with the name. I didn't even care about it. But now i can see that having that name is special, because people can reconzise you easier, not like others COMMMONS NAMES! at first i didn't know what was te meaning of the name. but it means ( LA ALEGRE)( HAPPY AND STRONG ) maybe this is a old lady name,, but seriously is to awesome knowing im the only one in the whole HIGHSCHOOL with this name and other places.I like the way it sounds to when people say it. I <3 glaaaddddyysss" May. 21, 2010:
"gladys es un nombre precioso tal vez suene anticuado pero suena muy elegante y sofisticado lo amo adoro llamarme gladys es por que no conosco a nadie que se llame gladys es un nombre raro y ya no es muy comun x eso lo adoro zaz pues a todas q se llamen gladys las felicito amen su nombre" Mar. 28, 2010:
"My name is Gladys. It always gets mispelled. I've only met one other Gladys and she was 10 years younger than me. I'm 30 and I LOVE my name. Yes it's an older name but I'm reinventing it! I'm beautiful, sexy, smart, among other things. People will always remember Gladys. I'm very proud of it. Ladies have pride, it's what you make it!" Feb. 23, 2010:
"Gladys is a Great Name lol , Im defineately Going to Call my Daughter Gladys , For Now I call my car Gladys lol , I think of it to be a flash and Classey name JUST LIKE MY CAR :p ESCAPE LIMITED" Feb. 15, 2010:
"Gladys is my Middle Name...and I love it!!! diffrent from other ppl..except the obnly thing I dont like was when someone made a joke about "glad ass" ...but other than that I love it..sounds like the flower gladiolus" Jun. 2, 2009:
"My name's GLADYS And I ABSOLUTLY ADORE my name!!! It's sooo RARE! and sure it sounds like an old lady name...but i like to think of it as Classy. Most people i've met have never Known anyone with my name. I love being the only Gladys that some people know. People may think it's an ugly name but Ethel, Eunice and Gertrude ain't got nothing on Gladys!" Oct. 17, 2008:
5 Negative Comments
"My name is Gladys. I hate my name sooo much. I always ask my mom why she would ever dare name me Gladys.. (she named me after her mother- my grandmother Gladis). Im thinking about changing my name. Yes the name is rare but it just reminds people of an old lady,, blehhh" Jul. 19, 2009:
"My aunt was named Gladys and was nicknamed "Happy Bottom." Not nice. I asked her once why she didn't go by her middle name, and she replied, "Because it's Gertrude."" Jun. 15, 2008:
"Sounds far, far too old, this name does, and it sounds ugly as well. I think this is one name to stay permanently in Gladys Knight's time or the times of white American silent film actress Gladys Brockwell and English actress Dame Gladys Cooper." Jun. 3, 2008:
"In the same category as Ethel, Eunice, Irma, Beulah, Bertha, and Gertrude...not to mention the grandpa names Elmer, Adolph, Herman, Lester, Mortimer, Mervyn, Wilbur, Wilfred etc etc." Jan. 14, 2008:
"I think of this name as a very horrible "old lady" name, perhaps one of the worst on the planet! I cannot in a million years see this Edwardian favourite EVER coming back into fashion" Dec. 8, 2006:
18 Neutral Comments
"I was teased alot about my name! Which made me very insecure about myself! It really was abusive! Then one day I met different people who respected me and my name! Truth is those shallow people who shredded my name to pieces were just looking for something to step on to boost their ego!
Our/My name Gladys is a noble and good name Wear it proudly! You make the name what it is!
We are rare and awesome!:)" Jun. 20, 2021:
"Hello my name Gladys I love this name its unique and it has a very good meaning" Aug. 25, 2020:
"hi! my name is Gladys. i have no clue what so say, so maybe i'll share my loves and hates about the name given to me since birth.
i actually kinda like my name. i have an energetic and charismatic personality, so people think it's perfect for me. what i dislike about my name is that when i'm sad, people say the same thing: "your name is gladys, so you should be glad!"
everytime someone learns my name, they usually say: "oh, my grandmother (or anyone old)'s name is gladys!" or "it's such an old lady name!"
and the worst one of all: there was an old lunch lady in my elementary school named Mary. she learned my name and it reminded her of Gladys Knight (the singer). and everyday at lunch she would sing "gladys gladys" and it was kinda annoying. but now i look back and i appreciate my name.
what i like about my name is that it's unique and really rare to meet someone named gladys. you can't mix up my name with anyone else. in every school i've been to, i've been the only person named gladys.
to any other person named Gladys out there: love your name and embrace it. be grateful that you don't have a basic, common name. and most importantly, make people think of Gladys in a positive way. remember: you are beautiful and loved, and you are on this earth for a reason :)" Mar. 14, 2020:
"IM Gladys named after my grandma a kind, Loving Lady.. I love it" Jun. 10, 2017:
"My name is Gladys Mae and for how many years i'm thinking about what is the definition of the word i had found it ,..and I'm so happy...because my parents gave me this name." Jun. 27, 2015:
"My mother's twin brother named his daughter after her. Mama had no choice but to name me after his wife, Gladys. I have always hated the name." Oct. 31, 2014:
"A 58 year old named Gladys (named after my grandmother) and after I got thru the teen years, I have loved it. Another famous Gladys was Elvis' mother" Sep. 17, 2013:
"I had never met anyone with my name, and hated it for years....everyone had an old aunt with my name. I was embarrassed that the awful neighbor in Bewitched, the crazy toilet paper lady in an ad, and the elephant at the Brookfield Zoo had my name. Now I just heard that they named an orphaned gorilla Gladys! Gladys Knight helped out in the 80's with her comeback; and I thought she should have a concert and call it Gladys'Night, and invite all the Gladys' for free....just so we could see we weren't alone. haha. Oh well. too late for me to change it." May. 7, 2013:
"My name is Gladys Mae and I love it. Yeah, they called me "Happy Bottom" in High School too. I liked the name, it was unique. I was the only one. Things could be a lot worse." Oct. 11, 2011:
"My grandmothers name was Gladys. She also had sisters who ranged in name from Gertrude to Ophilia. My grandmother was so elegant. She personified everything that separates women from men. I just wish more people would go back to the time of a Gladys, Pearl, Rose or Ophilia, instead of trying to be so endrogenous with names like Bobby, Ricky, Mikal and so forth. Being a girl is a beautiful wonderful thing. Why must women opt to be men? Hope this doesnt sound harsh to manly women. I just really enjoy being in my own skin and being a girl. I just wish more women did too!" Mar. 3, 2010:
"My mother's name is Gladys and I always wondered why so many women her age were named Gladys (like a trillion - she was born in 1921) in Minnesota. Apparently it was considered very glamorous and appealing at the time. She graduated high school with many of the same first name. While it's considered to be "an old lady name" at this point I've found its origins are probably in the Latin name Claudia and means "sword" or "princess". There is another definition from Welsh meaning lame -- but that's pretty far fetched as why would people pick a "lame" name for their daughter? I think we don't like the name now because it just doesn't "sound good" to us, but the origins seem mysterious and interesting. I would like to know why this name was so extremely popular when my mother was born -- believe it or not, she's got an even stranger, maybe uglier middle name which I just won't share for fear someone else will name their child after my writing this!" Nov. 28, 2009:
"Not just an old lady's name, but that of the legendary African-American soul singer Gladys Knight (born in 1944 when the name was long past its peak and was now going into decline - and has not been among the top 1,000 baby girl names in the U.S. in the last few years)." Nov. 16, 2009:
"My name is Gladys Melanie and I was born in 95 i always hated my name cuz i thought it was old lady." Jun. 30, 2009:
"Is Gladys ready for a comeback, or is it still too old ladyish at the present time? I think the latter. It was the first name of Marilyn Monroe's mother, Gladys Pearl Monroe Baker Mortensen Eley, born in 1902." Feb. 14, 2008:
"Was the 14th most popular name for baby girls at its peak in 1900 in the United States, but was virtually unknown prior to 1880 when it began coming in for the first time. Today, however, it is a name associated with old ladies, having declined from the end of the 1920s. Yet it's hard to believe that in a century's time names from the Kimberly/Jennifer/Michelle era will be classed as "old lady" names." Feb. 5, 2008:
"I really don't like this name! I don't think a person should be judged by the name that their parents gave them but, I really do not like this name. It makes me think of a gray haired old lady." Jan. 21, 2007:
"my name is gladys and im glad my momma, Naomi named me GLADYS!" Mar. 6, 2006:
"My name is Gladys and I was named after my Aunt who was and is a wonderul woman. I personally do not like the name. I have not met any other person with this name." Feb. 2, 2006:
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