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National Claudia Day – January 20, 2023

National Claudia Day is celebrated on January 20 every year. This day is all about celebrating and appreciating the people carrying this name. Claudia is a female given name and the female equivalent to Claudius or Claudio. It’s said to derive from Latin and Roman roots, meaning ‘lame,’ as in limping, and ‘enclosure’. Neither of these sounds very nice — however, recent research assumes that it’s a name of unknown meaning or just means ‘of the patrician Claudii,’ one of the oldest and most powerful Roman Patrician families.

History of National Claudia Day

The original ‘Claudii’ name dates back to the sixth century B.C. and was held by a Sabine, an Italic tribe that predated the founding of Rome. The Claudii family was historically noted for their haughtiness, arrogance, and disdain for the lower classes. The name Claudius belonged to several Emperors of Rome of the first century A.D., and the most notable one reigned from the year 41 to 54. Claudia was a common girl’s name in ancient Rome, and both Nero and Pontius Pilate’s wives had this name.

It’s also mentioned in the Bible’s New Testament in one of St. Paul’s letters to Timothy as one of the Christian women that were living in Rome at the time, called Claudia Rufina. Another Claudia from this era was the mother of Linus, the second pope — either of these could have been a Saint Claudia, but it is not clear. Another theory of Saint Claudia is that she is one of the martyrs of the Diocletianic persecutions. Because of this, it was taken up in the sixteenth century and has been in moderate use ever since.

A popular series of novels by Rose Franken began with “Claudia: The Story of a Marriage” in the 1940s, though short stories about the character were first published in the “Redbook” and “Good Housekeeping” magazines. Claudia was also the name used by Agatha Christie and Penelope Lively, and it was the name of the main character in Anne Rice’s novel “Interview With the Vampire.” Some alternate spellings of the name Claudia are Claudya, Cláudia, and Klaudia. The name is currently most popular in Spain, where it was ranked the twenty-first most popular name of 2020. It’s also very popular in Chile and Australia.

National Claudia Day timeline

Sixth-century B.C.
The First Record of the Name

The name is found among the Sabine who are an Italic tribe that predates the founding of Rome.

54 A.D.
The Reign of Emperor Nero

His first wife’s name was Claudia Octavia, and his daughter was Claudia Augusta — incidentally, the previous emperor was named Claudius.

Sixteenth Century
The Name is Adopted in Modern Society

It’s taken up with moderate use as it appears in the Bible through St. Claudia.

1940s
The Stories by Rose Franken

The publication of these short stories and novels becomes very successful.

National Claudia Day FAQs

What is short for Claudia?

You can try using Claud or Dee as a short and sweet form for Claudia.

What type of person is a Claudia?

Claudia is usually a person with a balanced personality, creative, and artistically oriented, but also willing to take action to accomplish their goals.

How do you pronounce Claudia?

The phonetic spelling in English is ‘klaw-dee-uh.’

National Claudia Day Activities

  1. Spend time with a Claudia in your life

    It doesn’t matter if it’s a family member, a friend, a partner, or an acquaintance. This is a day to show her some appreciation, so make sure it shows!

  2. Have your ‘me’ time

    If your name is Claudia, then that means this is your day and you can do anything you want. Take at least some hours off to relax and do something you’ve been wanting to do this week, like watching a movie. You’ve earned it.

  3. Experience one of the Claudia stories

    Claudia is one of the oldest great American literature characters, but not much is documented about her on the internet. Who knows, you may be surprised by what you find here.

5 Fun Facts About The Name Claudia

  1. Thousands have this name

    Approximately 124,197 people in the U.S. are called Claudia.

  2. It was most popular in 1952

    It ranked at position 111 in U.S. charts that year, almost reaching the top 100.

  3. The name first appears

    1880 is the year in which the name Claudia first appeared in the U.S., and it was given to 48 newborn babies.

  4. Some fictional characters

    Some other famous fictional characters called Claudia include Claudia Wolf, from “Silent Hill 3,” and Claudia Hernandez, from the TV show “24.”

  5. Some famous people

    Famous people that share this name include Australian actress Claudia Black, NASA scientist and project manager Claudia Alexander, and Trinidad and Tobago-born journalist and activist Claudia Jones.

Why We Love National Claudia Day

  1. Every Claudia deserves love

    Some Claudias out there may be feeling down today. This day is a good excuse to cheer them up if they need it.

  2. We love the name Claudia

    Claudia is seen by people as a classic, refined, and formal-sounding name. It commands you to take Claudia seriously.

  3. It is a day to reflect

    We’ve mentioned many people and characters in this article. Think about them and what you can learn from their stories. If your name is Claudia, you might get some extra inspiration from them.

National Claudia Day dates

YearDateDay
2023January 20Friday
2024January 20Saturday
2025January 20Monday
2026January 20Tuesday
2027January 20Wednesday

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