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Slavic names – what do they mean?

You or your friends carry them, yet most have no clue what do they mean

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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 of Christianity, Slavic names almost completely fell into oblivion in place of traditional Roman, Greek or Jewish names. There were lists of Slavic names banned by the church in medieval times. Why so, it was easy to guess, they were connected to Slavic paganism and organic Slavic culture. In rural areas you can still find names like Lada or even Yarilo, which were the names of the Slavic gods. To date, only 5% of children in Slavic countries are called Slavic names, which certainly impoverishes the Slavic culture.

The name determines the destiny of a person people used to think, it was the key to his inner self. After all, for good reason in Slavic countries the person had two names one – false, for everyone, and another – secret (middle name), only for himself and his very close people. This tradition existed as a defense against unkind spirits and unkind people. Often the first Slavic name was certainly unappealing and bland, while the middle “secret” name was given to hide the true essence of a man, thus in old times it was much more difficult to inflict harm with “sorcery” and “curses”. The rite of the second “secret” name was performed in adolescence, when the main character traits were formed and thus a person was given an appropriate name to his likeness. The name was given on the basis of these features.

LIST OF SLAVIC NAMES 

  • Bazhen/Božen – is a coveted child, desired.
  • Bazhena/Božena – is a female form of the name Bazhen/Božen.
  • Beloslav – From Bel – white, whiten and SLAV – to praise. From these names there were surnames: Belov, Belyshev, Belyaev.
  • Beloslava – is a female form named Beloslav. Short name: Belyana
  • Berimir – caring about the world.
  • Berislav – is a glory-bearer who cares about fame.
  • Berislava – is a female form named after Berislav.
  • Blagoslav – glorifying kindness.
  • Blagoslav – The female form of the name of Blagoslav.
  • Bogdan – is a child given by God.
  • Bogdana – is a female form named Bogdan.
  • Bogoljub – loving is the one who loves God.
  • Bogomil/Bogumil – is dear to God.
  • Bozhidar/Božidar – a gift from God.
  • Bozhidara/Božidara  a female form named after Bozhidar.
  • Boleslav – is famous.
  • Boleslava – is a female form named after Boleslav.
  • Borimir – is a peace fighter, a peacemaker.
  • Borislav – is a fighter for glory. Abbreviated names: Boris, Borya. From these names there were surnames: Borin, Boriskin, Borisov, Borisikhin, Borichev, Borishchev.
  • Borislava – female form named after Borislav.
  • Borshchev – Borsch is one of the personified names of the plant world. In a word-for-word translation: Borsch – plant tops.
  • Boyan/Bojan – the narrator. The name was formed from the verb: to say – to say, to tell, to chant. The names have the same meaning: Bahian, Bayan. From these names there was a surname: Bayanov Legendary personality: songwriter – Boyan.
  • Boyana – is a female form named after Boyan.
  • Bratislav – From BROTHER – fight and GLORY – to praise.
  • Bratislava female form of the name of Bratislava.
  • Bronislaw/Branislav – is a defender of glory, defending fame. The name has the same meaning: Branislav. The acronym: Armor.
  • Bronislava/Branislava – is a female form named after Bronislav.
  • Bryachislav – from BRYACHI – squeak and SLAV – to glorify. Historical personality: Bryachislav Izyaslavich – Prince of Polotsk.
  • Budimir – is a peacemaker. From this name there were names: Budilov, Budishchev.
  • Budimirovich – a hero from the epic.

 

  • Velimir – is a great world.
  • Velimira – is a female form named Velimir.
  • Velislav – is a great fame, most glorious.
  • Velislava – is a female form named after Velislav. Abbreviated names: Velha, Velika, Velichka.
  • Wenceslas – is a the initiator of glory, crowned with glory.
  • Wenceslas – is a female form named Wenceslas.
  • Vjera – is a faith, faithful.
  • Veselin – is a cheerful, cheerful.
  • Veselina – is a female form of the name Veselin. The name is also important: Vesela.
  • Vladimir – is a who owns the world. The name has the same meaning: Volodimer. From this name came the names: Vladimirov, Vladimirsky, Volodimerov, Volodin, Volodichev.
  • Vladimira – is a female form named after Vladimir.
  • Vladislav – is a owner of fame. The name has the same meaning: Volodislav. Short name: Vlad. Historical personality: Volodislav is the son of Igor Ryurikovich.
  • Vladislava – is a female form named after Vladislav. The acronym: Vlad.
  • Vojislav – is a glorious warrior. Abbreviated names: Warrior, Warrior. From these names there were names: Voeikov, Voynikov, Voinov. Historical personality: Voin Vasilievich – from the genus of Yaroslavl princes.
  • Vojislav – is a female form of the name Vojislav.
  • Vuk – is a of the personified names of the animal world. From this name there was a surname: Volkov.
  • Voronov – is a one of the personified names of the animal world.
  • Vorotislav/Vratislav – is a returning glory. Vsevolod is the lord of the people, who owns everything. From this name came the names: Vsevolodov, Vsevolozhsky. Historical personality: Vsevolod
  • Yaroslavich – is a beloved one. Prince Pereyaslavsky, Chernigov, Grand Duke of Kiev.
  • Vsevomil – is a female form of the name of Vsemil.
  • Vseslav – is a glorious, famous. The name has the same meaning: Seslav. From this name there was a surname: Seslavin.
  • Vseslava – is a female form of the name Vseslav.
  • Vtorak – is a second son in the family. The same meaning is given to the names: Second, Vtorusha. From these names there were names: Vtorov, Vtorushin.
  • Vyacheslav/Vječeslav – is a most glorious, the most glorious. The name has the same meaning: Vatslav, Vysheslav.
  • Vyachko – is a legendary person: Vyachko is the progenitor of Vyatichi.

 

  • Godoslav – is a The name is also important: Godlav. Historical personality: Godoslav – prince of the Bodrich rarogs.
  • Gorislav is fiery, burning in glory.
  • Gorislava is a female form named after Gorislav.
  • Gorynya– is a like a mountain, huge, indestructible. Legendary personality: the hero – Gorynya.
  • Gostimil – is a dear to another (guest). From this name there was a surname: Gostimilov.
  • Gostomysl – is a thinking about another (guest). Historical personality: Gostomysl – Prince of Novgorod.
  • Gradimir – is a builder of peace in the world. 
  • Gradislav – is the guardian of fame.
  • Gradislava – is a female form named after Gradislav.
  • Granislav – improving fame.
  • Granislava is a female form named Granislav.
  • Gremislaw – is famous.
  • Goodislav – is a renowned musician, fame-maker. Short name: Gudim. From these names there was a surname: Gudimov.

 

  • Daren – donated.
  • Darena is a female form named Daren. The names are of the same importance: Darina, Dara.
  • Devyatko – is the ninth son in the family. From this name there were surnames: Devyatkin, Devyatkov, Devyatov. Dobrogneva
  • Dob – kind and loving. From this name there was a surname: Dobrolyubov. Good-
  • Dobromila – is a female form named after Dobromil.
  • Dobromir – is kind and peaceful. Abbreviated names: Dobrynya, Dobrysha. From these names there were names: Dobrynin, Dobryshin. Legendary personality: the hero – Dobrynia.
  • Dobromira – is a female form named Dobromir.
  • Dobromislav – is kind and reasonable. From this name there was a surname: Dobromyslov.
  • Dobroslav – glorifying kindness.
  • Dobroslava is a female form named after Dobroslav.
  • Domaslav – glorifying his relatives. Abbreviated name: Home – your own, native. From this name there was a surname: Domashov.
  • Dragomir – is dearer than the world.
  • Dragomira – is a female form named after Dragomir.
  • Dubynya – is like an oak, indestructible.
  • Druzhina – is a comrade.

 

  • Zhdan is a long-awaited child. From this name there was a surname: Zhdanov.
  • Zhdana is a female form named Zhdan. 
  • Zvenislava – talking about fame.
  • Zlatomir – is the  golden one.
  • Zlatozveta – gold colored. The acronym: Zlata.

 

  • Izyaslav –who took the glory.  Historical personality: Izyaslav Vladimirovich – Prince of Polotsk, ancestor of the Polotsk princes.
  • Iskro – sincere. The name has the same meaning: Iskro.
  • Iskra is a female form of the name Iskren.
  • Istislav – glorifying the truth.
  • Istoma – is a torment (probably associated with severe childbirth). From this name there were surnames: Istomin, Istomov.

 

  • Casimir – showing the world.
  • Casimira is a female form named Casimir.

 

  • Koschey – thin, bony. From this name there were names: Koshcheev, Kashchenko.
  • Krasimir – beautiful and peaceful
  • Krasimira – female form of the name Krasimir. Short name: Krasa.
  • Kriv is one of the “negative” names. From this name there was a surname: Krivov.

 

  • Lada – beloved, dear. The name of the Slavic Goddess of love, beauty and marriage.
  • Ladimir is the world’s master.
  • Ladislav – coveting Lada (love).
  • Ludislav – is crazy and glorious 
  • Luchezar is a luminous ray.
  • Lubomir is a loving world.
  • Lubomira – female form named Lubomyr.
  • Lyubomysl – loving to reflect.
  • Luboslav – is a fond of glory.
  • Lyudmil – dear people.
  • Lyudmila is a female form named after Lyudmila. Historical personality: Lyudmila – Czech princess.

 

  • Malusha – is a female form of small. The name Mlada also has a meaning. From these names there was a surname: Malushin. Historical personality: Malusha is the wife of Syatoslav Igorevich, the mother of Vladimir Svyatoslavich.
  • Mechislav – is a glorifying sword.
  • Milan – is a sweetheart.
  • Milovan – caressing, caring.
  • Milorad – is sweet and joyful. From this name there was a surname: Miloradovich.
  • Miloslav – cute glorifying.
  • Milosława – is a female form named after Miloslav.
  • Mirolyub – is peace – loving. From this name there was a surname: Mirolubov.
  • Miroslav – is a glorifying world.
  • Miroslava – is a female form of the name Miroslav.
  • Molchan – is taciturn, silent. From this name there was a surname: Molchanov.
  • Mstislav – glorifying revenge. Historical personality: Mstislav Vladimirovich – Prince Tmutorakansky, Grand Duke of Kiev.
  • Mstislav – a female form named after Mstislav.

 

  • Nevzor – is one of the “negative” names. From this name there was a surname Nevzorov.
  • Nekras – is one of the “negative” names. From this name there was a surname: Nekrasov.
  • Nekrasa is a female form named after Nekras.

 

  • Predslava – The name of Predslau is also of great importance. Historical personality: Predslava is the wife of Svyatoslav Igorevich, the mother of Yaropolk Svyatoslavich.
  • Peresvet – very light. Historical personality: Peresvet is a warrior of the Kulikovo battle.
  • Putimir – reasonable and peaceful
  • Putislav – glorifying reasonably. The name has the same meaning: Putyata. From these names there were names: Putilov, Putilin, Putin, Putyatin. Historical personality: Putyata – Kiev governor.

 

  • Radigost – caring about another (guest).
  • Radimir is caring about the world.
  • Radimira is a female form named Radimir. The name is also important: Radomir.
  • Radislav – caring about fame. The name is also important: Radoslav.
  • Radislava is the female form of Imenei Radislav.
  • Radmila is caring and sweet.
  • Radoslaveta – sanctifying with joy.
  • Razumnik – reasonable, reasonable. From this name there was a surname: Razin.
  • Ratibor – is the defender.
  • Ratmir – is the protector of peace.
  • Rodislav – is a glorifying race.
  • Rostislav – increasing glory Historical personality: Rostislav Vladimirovich – Prince of Rostov,

 

  • Svetislav – is a glorifying light. The name has the same meaning: Svetoslav.
  • Svetislava – is a female form of the name Svetislav.
  • Svetlana – bright, pure soul.
  • Svetlana – is a female form named Svetlana.
  • Svetozar – illuminating with light.
  • Svetozara – is a female form of the name Svetozar. The name is also important: Svetlozara.
  • Svyatogor – indestructible holiness. Legendary personality: Svyatogor – epic hero.
  • Svyatopolk – is the leader of the sacred army. Historical personality: Svyatopolk I Yaropolkovich – Grand Duke of Kiev.
  • Svyatoslav –sacred glory. Short name: Svyatosha. Historical personality: Svyatoslav I Igorevich – Prince of Novgorod and Grand Prince of Kiev.
  • Svyatoslava – is a female form named after Svyatoslav.
  • Slavomir – is a peace-loving one.

 

  • Solovyov– is the personalized name of the animal world.
  • Som – is a personified name of the animal world.
  • Snezhana – white-haired, cold.
  • Stanimir – setting the world.
  • Stanimir is a female form of the name Stanimir.
  • Stanislav – establishing glory. From this name there was a surname: Stanishev.
  • Stoyan – is strong, unbending.

 

  • Tverdimir – from Hardy – solid and Peace – peaceful, peace.
  • Tverdislav – from Hardy – solid and SLAV – to praise. From this name there were names: Tverdilov, Tverdislavov, Tverdislavlev.
  • Tikhomir/Tihomir – is quiet and peaceful. From this name there was a surname: Tikhomirov.
  • Tikhomira is a female form named Tikhomir.

 

  • Chaslava – is a female form named Caslav. The name has the same meaning: Cheslav.
  • Cernave – is dark-haired, swarthy. From these names came the names: Chernavin, Chernavkin.

 

  • Jarilo – is the God of fruits in the form of the sun. From this name there was a surname: Yarilin.
  • Jaromir – is a sunny world.
  • Yaropolk – the leader of the solar troops. Historical personality: Yaropolk I Svyatoslavich – Grand Duke of Kiev.
  • Yaroslav– praising Yarila.  From this name there was a surname: Yaroslavov. Historical personality: Yaroslav I Vladimirovich – Prince of Novgorod
  • Yaroslava – female form named after Yaroslav.

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