Claude History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The noble French surname Claude is patronymic in origin, and is derived from the name of the original bearer's father. The surname Claude is a variation of the Latin name Claudius, a Roman family name derived from "claudus" meaning "lame." This name was made popular as a result of having been borne by a seventh century saint who was bishop of Besancon. Thus the surname signifies "the son or descendant of Claude." 
Early Origins of the Claude family
The surname Claude was first found in Normandy in Vieux-Bourg, a commune in the Calvados department. 
Early History of the Claude family
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Claude Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Claude include Clot, Claude, Cloux, Claudet, Clausel, Glaude, Claud, Claudel, Claudin and many more.
Early Notables of the Claude family (pre 1700)
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Claude World Ranking
In the United States, the name Claude is the 14,375th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name.  However, in France, the name Claude is ranked the 344th most popular surname with an estimated 11,759 people with that name. 
Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Claude has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Claude were
Claude Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Claude Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Claude Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century