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Quick Facts on Maude

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
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Simple meaning:
Mighty in battle

Characteristics of Maude

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Maude

Maude (Maud) developed as the medieval Anglo-Saxon form of Matilda, which itself is the Latinized form of an Old German female personal name Mahthildis (Olde English: Mæðhilde). Mahthildis is comprised of the Germanic elements “maht” meaning “might” and “hild” meaning “battle”. Therefore, the name essentially means “mighty battler” or “strength in battle”. Saint Matilda was the 10th century wife of Henry the Fowler, King of the Germans, noted for her devotion to prayer and generous almsgiving. The name was made popular in her honor mainly around the regions of Saxony and Bavaria. The Norman-French would introduce Mahthildis to the English following the Norman Conquest of 1066. In fact, William the Conqueror’s own wife was called Matilda of Flanders. After William’s conquest of England he became King of England and Matilda was his Queen Consort. Queen Matilda was also a baby-making machine, delivering nine children to William, including two future kings of England (William II and Henry I). The English adopted the name as Mæðhilde in their own language but were more apt to use the colloquial form of Maud (which is what they called their queen). Maud fell out of favor by the 15th century but was later revived in the 19th century, possibly influenced by Alfred Lord Tennyson’s 1855 poem “Maud”. Today Maud is most commonly used among the Dutch in the Netherlands, but it also appears on the naming charts of France. Modern English-speakers are more inclined to spell it with an “e” (Maude), but neither spelling is used with much regularity now.

Popularity of the Name Maude

The name Maude was most popular in America during the latter half of the 19th century when it was often a Top 25 favorite. As we turned into the 20th century, Maude was still going strong at position #77 on the charts (1900). The name would eventually fall off America’s Top 100 list in 1906 and never recover her popularity. In fact, the name fell out of fashion pretty fast and would disappear completely from the Top 1000 list in 1951. It’s been over 60 years since old Maude has found herself in circulation. Even the classic cult-favorite film “Harold and Maude” (1971) and the award winning sitcom “Maude” (1972-1978) did nothing to encourage a revival of the name. To put it in perspective, less than 10 baby girls were given the name Maude in 2012. Still, this is a name we give high-marks to for originality, history and medieval charm.
Popularity of the Girl Name Maude
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Maude

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Maude

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Maude

    Maud (Maud, and Other Poems) Maud is the heroine of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s 1855 collection, “Maud, and Other Poems”. The narrator is heartsick at the death of his father and, indeed, is “sick, sick to the heart of life”. Poor Maud – as is the case with so many Victorian damsels, she is more a concept than a person in her own right. Without her having made so much as an appearance, the poet is berating her for teasing him, chastising her for the probability of being an unsuitable wife for him and – ultimately – falling passionately in love with her and singing the praises of her beauty. What does Maud do with her days? What does she think of the world situation? What, even, is her favorite color? Do not look here for answers; this self-centered egotist, after killing her opposing brother, flees the country and then learns of Maud’s death, presumably of a broken heart. After suffering an emotional breakdown, he does what any upstanding gentleman would do to right the situation – he joins the army and goes off to the Crimean War. Nonetheless, he has forever paired for us this beautiful name with the seductive line” “Come into the garden, Maud”.

  • Popular Songs on Maude

    Popular Songs on Maude

    Tha Rape of Maude Bowen - a song by Inkubus Sukkubus

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Maude

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Maude

    Chloe and Maude (Sandra Boynton) - The School Library Journal says: "Steady, resourceful Chloe resolves Maude's bouts with ego problems and, in an overnight visit, an imagined menace on the bedroom ceiling. Young readers will probably find Maude's problems familiar ones; given a little help with a few exotic words, many will be able to read the book independently. Adults may recognize the neck-less kitty figures of Chloe and Maude as kissing cousins of the droll little animals in Boynton's greeting card line. Despite their squat proportions, they have made the leap from card to book with considerable success." Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Maude and Claude Go Abroad (Susan Meddaugh) - While cruising to France, a sister and brother go overboard and encounter a whale who is being pursued by harpooners. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Maude March on the Run! (Audrey Couloumbis) - The papers call Maude notorious. But 12-year-old Sallie knows her big sister didn't do the things the stories say...not on purpose anyway. In fact, she and Maude have made a fresh start and are trying to live on the up-and-up. But just when the girls are settling into their new life, Maude is arrested—and before you can say "jailbreak," the orphaned sisters are back on the run! In the sequel to the critically acclaimed The Misadventures of Maude March, Newbery Honor winner Audrey Couloumbis once again takes on a dizzingly fast, delightfully rowdy, and altogether heartwarming ride through the old west—proving that half the fun of any journey is the getting there. Recommended for ages 8-14.

    Maude The Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton (Lauren Child) - Lauren Child teams up with a debut illustrator to tell a cautionary tale about the surprising perils of craving constant attention. Meet the Shrimpton family — so talented, so eccentric, so larger than life, you couldn’t miss them if you wanted to. Mrs. Shrimpton wears flamboyant hats, and Mr. Shrimpton’s moustache makes quite a statement. The youngsters each have a stand-out quality: beauty, dancing, singing, a sense of humor that’s a laugh a minute. Indeed, the Shrimptons live to be noticed — all that is, except Maude, who prefers to blend into the wallpaper. But when Maude receives a ferocious tiger for her birthday instead of the goldfish she asked for, might her talent for blending in come in handy? With stylized artwork evoking both Vogue magazine and Edward Gorey, here is a story to bring a smile to all the quiet stars among us. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    The Misadventures of Maude March (Audrey Couloumbis) - Eleven-year-old Sallie March is a whip-smart tomboy and voracious reader of Western adventure novels. When she and her sister Maude escape their self-serving guardians for the wilds of the frontier, they begin an adventure the likes of which Sallie has only read about. This time however, the "wanted woman" isn't a dime-novel villian, it's Sallie's very own sister! What follows is not the lies the papers printed, but the honest-to-goodness truth of how two sisters went from being orphans to being outlaws—and lived to tell the tale! Recommended for ages 8-14.

  • Famous People Named Maude

    Famous People Named Maude

    Famous People Named Maude - Maud Flanders (11th century Queen of England); Maud of Wales (Queen of Norway); Maud Gonne (Irish revolutionary and lover of William Butler Yeats); Maude Adams (actress); Maud Adams (Swedish actress, former Bond Girl); Maude George (silent era actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Maude

    Children of Famous People Named Maude

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Maude - Judd Apatow (filmmaker); Leslie Mann (actress)

Personality of the Girl Name Maude

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Maude

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