The name comes from the Latin word claudus - "limping, crippled, halting, wonky". Claudia gens - was a patrician family at Ancient Rome.
The holy virgin martyrs Claudia, Alexandra, Euphrasia, Matrona, Juliania, Euphemia and Theodosia were arrested in the city of Amisa (region of the Black Sea) during the persecution against Christians under Emperor Maximian Galerius in the fourth century.
Under interrogation, they confessed their faith and were subjected to torture. The pagans scourged and beat them with rods, and cut off their breasts. After this, they were suspended and torn with sharp hooks. Finally, the holy virgins were burned alive in a red-hot oven in the year 310.