Origin of the name MAUDE.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name MAUDE.
A contracted form of German Mahthild
(q.v.), meaning "mighty battle maid." Also spelled Maud.
Usage: America, Australia, England, France, Wales.
... It seems Matilde
had been freshly introduced in Flanders when Count Philip married Matilda
of Portugal; and this, and the old traditional Mehaut, went on side by
side, just as in England did the full name Matilda, and the Anglicized
Norman contraction Maude. Of late years Maude has been
fashionable, though not so near the original, nor so really graceful in
sound as Matilda... (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884).