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    Boris V.
    Boris V.

    Undoubtedly, the names of people carry a significant part of the culture and traditions of the whole people. In most Slavic countries, with the advent
    [See the full post at: Slavic names – what do they mean?]



    My name Ивайло (Ivaylo) comes from the old form Ивъла (Ivala/Ivula), which comes from oldbulgarian word for a “wolf” – влъкъ (vlak/vulk) (bulgarian – вълк) (valk/vulk).

    So my name means “wolf”.



    The greek chronicler misspelled a medieval bularian name, most likely Въло as our friend above mentioned and this is how we got Ivalylo.



    I don’t know about that. The official theory for the origin of Ivaylo is that it’s a modern historical misreading of the only (Bulgarian) primary source mentioning that tsar’s actual name (the Svarlig gospel, which says it was written during the times of “tsara Ivaila”). Now, “Ivaila” is a genitive form of the name, which had to be reconstructed by the first historians dealing with this problem. But for some reason they did so using the Serbian form (Ivaylo) instead of the more logical Bulgarian one (Ivail) – see for comparison Mihajlo vs. Mihail, Gavrilo vs. Gavrail, Danilo vs. Danail/Daniil etc. And since the names of our medieval rulers started becoming popular in the final stages of our Revival, the Serbian form Ivaylo spread across the whole country and became the dominant form. It is still considered one of the many forms of Ivan though, not of Valo (much less of other pseudo-historical lunacies like Kurt Dox Uvash), hence why their namesday is on the 7th of January (Ivanovden) instead of the 23rd of August (when Valko, Valchan, Valkadin & Co. and Vitan celebrate) or the 1st of January (Vasilovden, which also includes Valko, for some reason).

    Btw, are you guys sure it’s Istislav and not Isdislav? 😉


    Olga Kysil

    Isdislav. lol

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