"Gladys" is from the old Welsh name Gwladus, possibly derived from gwlad "country". It has historically been used as a Welsh form of Claudia. This name became popular outside of Wales after it was used in Ouida's novel 'Puck' (1870).
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- ↑ If she made a broom-stick in 1901, she must have at the very least been of age by then.