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 the region of Languedoc where they held many lands and estates.

Early History of the Claude family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Claude research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1619, 1687 and 1851 are included under the topic Early Claude History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Claude Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Clot, Claude, Cloux, Claudet, Clausel, Glaude, Claud, Claudel, Claudin and many more.

Early Notables of the Claude family (pre 1700)

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Claude Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Claude migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Claude Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Phillippe Claude, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 [1]
  • Joachim Claude, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724 [1]
  • Charles Claude, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • Pierre Claude, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1770 [1]
  • Petro Claude, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1770 [1]
Claude Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Cathrine Claude, aged 24, who landed in New York, NY in 1852 [1]
  • Eugen Claude, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1853 [1]
  • Louis Claude, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1854 [1]

Australia Claude migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Claude Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Justin Claude, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orator" in 1849 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Claude (post 1700) +

  • Gordon Handy Claude (1854-1940), American politician, Mayor of Annapolis, Maryland, 1907-09 [3]
  • Dennis Claude (1782-1863), American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates, 1811-18, 1829-30; Member of Maryland State Senate, 1821-25, 1831-36; Mayor of Annapolis, Maryland, 1828-37, 1853-54 [3]
  • Abram Claude (1818-1901), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Annapolis, Maryland, 1848-51, 1854-55, 1867-69, 1883-89; Anne Arundel County Clerk, 1865; College professor; Postmaster at Annapolis, Maryland, 1895-99 [3]
  • Georges Claude (1870-1960), French engineer and inventor, sometimes referred to as "the Edison of France"
  • Renée Claude CM (1939-2020), née Bélanger, a Canadian actress and singer from Quebec
  • Marcel Henri Claude Reyes (b. 1957), Chilean economist, academic, and political activist
  • Bonivert Claude (b. 1945), Haitian former governor of the Banque de la République d'Haïti
  • Albert Claude (1899-1983), Belgian scientist, co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1974
  • Anthony Claude Leach Jr. (b. 1934), American Democrat politician, Member of Louisiana State House of Representatives, 1968-78, 1984-88; U.S. Representative from Louisiana 4th District, 1979-81; Defeated, 1980 [4]
  • Eugene Claude Harmon Sr., (1916-1989), American professional golfer and golf instructor

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ORATOR 1849. Retrieved from
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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