Boyan (given name)

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Pronunciation [ˈbojan]
Gender Male
Language(s) Bulgarian/Slavic
Word/name boy "battle"
Derivation boy- (root) + an (suffix)
Region of origin Bulgars and Slavic
Other names
Related names Bryan or Brian

Boyan (Bulgarian: Боян) is a Bulgarian and Slavic male given name. The short form of the name Boyan used in Bulgaria is Bobi or Bobby (Bulgarian: Боби). Its female equivalent is Boyana (Bulgarian: Бояна).

In present days it is used as a given name in Bulgaria written as Boyan (Bulgarian: Боян) and also in all countries of former Yugoslavia, mainly written as Bojan (Serbian: Бојан)/(Slovenian/Croatian: Bojan).

The name is recorded in historical sources among the Bulgarians, Serbs, Czechs, Poles, and Russians.[1]


There is some discussion as to where the name Boyan comes from. The usual explanation is that it is derived from the word boy, which means "battle", and the suffix -ан (-an) which is common in Bulgarian and Slavic names. Together, Boyan means "warrior" or "fighter".

Some people disagree, and think that name originates from two languages: the Proto-Bulgarian language (see Batbayan of Bulgaria), where the name means "military commander" as a noun, and "grisly" and "militant" as an adjective, and the Slavic word boy (Bulgarian Cyrillic: Бой), which means "battle". Others yet believe that it comes from famous khagan of Avars, Bayan I (562-602), who ruled the Slavs in Panonia.

Another possibility for the origin of the name. In the area of modern Czech Republic (Bohemia, in Serbian Bojka ) lived the Celtic tribe Boii. Later this area was inhabited first by ancestors of modern Serbs (White Serbs) and after them Czech tribes. It is possible that the name Boyan originates from the name of this Celtic tribe Boii.

There is also another possibility that the Celtic Bryan or Brian is related to the Bulgarian and Slavic Boyan or Bojan not only in spelling similarity but also in meaning. Therefore according to the Celtic origin of the name Bryan or Brian, the Bulgarian and Slavic name Boyan or Bojan could have the meaning "strong" or "noble".[2]

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  1. ^ Miklosich, Franz (1860). Die Bildung der slavischen Personennamen (in German). Vienna: Aus der kaiserlich-königlichen Hoff- und Staatdruckerei. pp. 10, 36 
  2. ^