Slavic names

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Given names originating from the Slavic languages are most common in Slavic countries.

History of Slavic names[edit]

In pre-Christian traditions, a child less than 7–10 years old would bear a "substitutional name" (e.g. Niemój "Not mine", Nielub "Unloved"), the purpose of which was to deflect attention from the child and thereby to protect it from the curiosity of evil powers. The practice was largely the effect of the high mortality rate for young children at the time.[1] A child who survived to 7–10 years was considered worthy of care and was granted adult status and a new adult name during a ritual first haircut.[2]

Traditional names remained dominant until the Slavic nations converted to Christianity. Finally, the Council of Trent (1545–63) decreed that every Catholic should have a Christian name instead of a native one.

Names in Poland

After the ban on native non-Christian names imposed by the Council of Trent, the Polish nobility (especially Protestants) attempted to preserve traditional names, such as Zbigniew and Jarosław. Ordinary people, however, tended to choose names solely from the Christian calendar, which contained only a handful of Slavic saints' names, in particular: Kazimierz (St. Casimir), Stanisław (St. Stanislaus), Wacław (St.Wenceslaus) and Władysław (St. Ladislaus).[3] Slavic names that referred to God (e.g. Bogdan, Bogumił) were also permitted.[4]

Names in Kievan Rus'

Old Rus' names were based on common Slavic names such as Vladimir "Vladey mirom", (Own peace (Note: Could be also translated as Rules by Peace => Vládnuť = Rule; Mier/Mír = Peace)), Svyatopolk (holy regiment), Yaropolk, Voislav (glorious warrior), Borislav (glorious wrestler), Boris (fighter), Lyubomir (love peace), Ratibor (war fighter), Vadim, Yaroslav, Izyaslav, Mstislav, Vsevolod etc. In the 11th century, after the growing influence of the Christian Church the tendency to use the names of saints of the Greek Church has increased and most of old Rus' names were displaced by Dmytriy, Andrey, Nikolay, Terentiy, Sergey, Anton, Kirill, Georgiy, Konstantin, Alexandr, Foma, Akakiy, etc.

Names today

Slavic name of the boat.

Since national revivals during 19th and 20th centuries, traditional names, especially of historical rulers and heroes, regained popularity. For example, in Poland many forgotten names were resurrected, such as Bronisław, Bolesław, Dobiesław, Dobrosław, Jarosław, Mirosław, Przemysław, Radosław, Sławomir, Wiesław, Zdzisław, and Zbigniew; and new ones created, such as Lechosław and Wieńczysław.[4] Today, traditional Slavic names are accepted by the Christian Church and are given at a child's baptism.

Meaning of Slavic names[edit]

Old Slavic names were built with one or two lexemes:

Single-lexeme names[edit]

Single-lexeme names were derived from ordinary or adjectival words and were usually, though not always, borne by peasants, e.g.: Baran (ram), Szydło (awl), Kąkol (cockle), Broda (beard, chin), Żyła (vein), Uchacz (ear-man), Łopata (shovel), Żaba (frog), Rus (Ruthenian/Russian man), Cich (silent man), etc.[4] Many names of this kind are used today, for example:

Dithematic names[edit]

Dithematic names are built with two lexemes. In Poland alone, over 600 masculine names, 120 feminine names and 150 different affixes (lexemes) are known. These have been reconstructed from place names and the (scarce) written sources such as the Bull of Gniezno.[4] Certain names were reserved for monarchs (e.g. in Poland: Kazimierz, Władysław, Bolesław).[5] Examples are listed below. As an example of the pattern: Władysław contains the prefix wład (to rule, ruler) and the suffix sław (fame, glory). Note that feminine equivalents usually end in a (e.g. Bogusław - Bogusława).

Prefix or suffix Meaning Example
blag, błog, blah gentle, kind, blessed Blahoslava, Blahomíra, Blahosej, Blagovest, Blagovesta, Bogomil
bog, bóg, boh, boż God, rich, fate Bohumil, Boguslav, Bohdan, Bożena, Bogusław, Bogdan, Bogna, Bożydar, Modliboga, Falibog, Boguwola, Božetjeh, Bogosav,
bole great, more, large Bolesław, Boleslav, Bolemir, Boleczest, Bolelut
bor war, fight Boris, Borzysław, Borislav, Dalibor, Sambor, Lutobor, Myślibora, Strogobor
brat brother Bratumiła, Braturad, Bratislav, Bratoljub
bron, bran to protect, to defend Bronisław, Branislav, Bronimir, Bronisąd, Srbobran, Częstobrona
bude, budzi to be Budzigniew, Budziwuj, Budimir, Budislavka
choti, chocie want Chociemir, Chciebor, Chociebąd, Chotimíra
chwał, fal to praise, to glorify Boguchwał, Chwalibog, Chwalimir, Falibor
tech, ciech, tješ happy, comfort Ciechosław, Wojciech, Sieciech, Techomir, Dobrociech, Božetech, Tješimir, Sławociech
dobo, dobie appropriate, brave Dobiesław, Dobiegniew, Dobiemir
cze, cti, ča, če honour Czesław, Ctibor, Czedrog, Cibor, Čestmír, Česlav, Ctirad, Čedomir
dar, dan gift, receive Bogdan, Wojdan, Damir,Bogdana
dobro good, goodness Dobrosław, Dobromir, Dobroniega, Dobrogost, Dobromil, Dobrożyźń, Dobromir
dom house Domarad, Domosław, Domagoj, Domamir, Domoľub, Domawit, Domabor
drag, drog, drah precious, beloved Dragoslav, Dragomir, Dragoljub, Drogodziej, Drogoradz, Wieledrog, Dragoş, Predrag, Drohobysz, Miłodrog, Miodrag,
dzierży to have, to rule, to keep Dzierżysław, Dzierżykraj, Dzirżyterg
gniew, hněv angry, furious Zbigniew, Gniewomir, Spytihněv, Mścigniew, Wojgniew, Dobiegniew, Ostrogniew, Zbyhněv
god "appropriate" Godemir, Godzimir, Godzisława
gost, gast, host guest Miłogost, Radogost, Uniegost, Hostirad, Hostimil, Hostisvit, Lubgost
gwiazd, hvezd, zvezd star Hviezdoslav, Hviezdomir, Zvezdan,Zvezdana
jar, yar strong, severe, fierce Yaroslav, Jaropełk, Jaromir, Jarogniew, Jarmila
kaz to destroy Kazimierz, Casimir, Kazimir, Skaziczest
krasi, kreši, krzesi resurrect, initiate Krzesimir, Krešimir, Krzesisław, Kresivoje, Krasimira
lud, ljud people Ludmila, Ludomir, Ludziwoj, Ljudevit
lut angry, fierce, severe, cruel, wild Lutosław, Lutobor, Lutogniew, Lutomir, Zbylut, Lutomysł
lyub, lub, l'ub love, to like, favour Lubomir, Ljubomir, Lubosław, Lubov, Lubor
mil, mił love, to like, favour, graced Vlastimil, Tomiła, Milica, Miłowit, Milomir, Miloslav, Milivoje, Ludmila, Radmila, Jarmila
mir, měr, mierz, myr peace, world, prestige Chociemir, Mirogod, Miroslav, Casimir, Kazimierz, Ostromir, Mezamir, Radomír, Jaromír, Kanimir, Bratomira, Mojmir, Uniemir, Vitomir, Vladimir, Krešimir, Krasimir, Godzimir, Rastimir, Ratimir, Želimir, Branimir, Zvonimir
msti, mści vengeance Mstislav, Mścisław, Mściwoj, Mstivoj
mysl, mysł think Gostomysl, Myślimir, Drogomysł, Przemysław, Premysl, Bolemysł, Radomysł, Nezamysl, Křesomysl
neg, nieg, njeg delight Dobroniega, Njegomir, Mironieg, Niegodoma, Niegosław
ne, nie no, none Nevzor, Nekras, Nezhdan, Niedamir, Nenad, Nebojša, Niedalic, Niesuł, Nemanja
ostro sharp Ostromir, Ostrogniew
polk, pluk, pułk regiment Yaropolk, Jaropluk, Sviatopolk, Svatopluk, Świętopełk
rasti, rosti, rości grow, demand, usurb Rastislav, Rościsław, Rościgniew, Rostimira
rad happy, eager, to care Radosław, Milorad, Radogost, Radomil, Radowit, Radomir, Radosvet
rati, raci war, fight, to do (vocal change from radi to rati) Ratibor, Racisława, Racimir, Ratimir, Racigniew, Gnierat
sem, siem, ziem family, land Siemowit, Siemomysł, Siemił, Ziemowit, Siemysław
sobie, sobě usurb, for me Soběslav, Sobierad, Sobiemir, Sobiebor
slav, sław glory, fame Mstislav, Stanisław, Rostislav, Sławomir, Vladislav, Izyaslav, Vyacheslav, Sviatoslav, Miroslav, Boguslav, Borislav, Sławobor, Gościsław, Jaroslav, Slavko, Slavena, Wiesław, Slavisa, Kvetoslav, Tomislav, Věroslav, Soběslav, Slavoljub, Slavica, Srboslav, Rastislav
spyci, spyti pointless, unnecessary Spytihněv, Spycimir, Spycisław
stan to stand, to hold, to become Stanimir, Stanislav, Stanisław, Stanibor
sud, sąd, sand to judge Sudomir, Sudislav, Sędzimir, Sędziwoj, Bogusąd, Sędowin, Krzywosąd
suli to promise, better Sulisław, Sulibor, Sulimir, Sulirad, Sulich, Radsuł
svet, sviat, święt, svat light, strong Sviatoslav, Svetoslav, Svetlana, Światopełk, Swiãtopôłk, Świętomir, Svätobor, Svetozar, Svatoboj, Svetomir, Świętożyźń
svo, sve, świe all, every, always Świedrag, Svorad, Świegniew
unie better Uniedrog, Uniebog, Uniesław
veli, vyache, więce great, more, large Vaclav, Vyacheslav, Wenzel, Veleslava, Wielimir, Velimir, Więcerad
vest, wieść to know, to lead Blagovest, Dobrowieść
vit, wit to rule Sviatovit, Vitomir, Dobrovit, Witosław, Uniewit, Gościwit
vlad, wład, volod, włod, lad to rule, ruler Vladimir, Władysław, Volodymyr, Włodzimierz, Vladislav, Laszlo, Ladislav, Vsevolod, Vladena, Vladan, Władmiła, Vladivoj
vlast, włość homeland Vlastimil, Włościwoj, Vlastimir,
voj, woj fighter, warrior, war Wojsław, Częstowoj, Vojislav, Wojciech, Borivoj, Vladivoj, Vojnomir, Radivoj, Wojbor, Milivoj, Dobrivoje, Kresivoje, Ljubivoje
vole, wole to prefer Wolebor, Wolimir, Wolisław
vse, vše, wsze all Vseslav, Wszebor, Vsevolod, Wszerad, Wszemiła, Wszegniew, Všebor, Všeboj
zby to dispeal, to get rid of Zbigniew, Zbyszko, Zbysław, Zbylut, Zbywoj
zde, zdzie, sede, Sdě to do, make Zdzisław, Zdziwoj, Sedemir, Zdeslav, Zderad, Zdziemił, Sděmir, Sdivoj
želi, żeli want, desire Żelisław, Żelibrat, Želimíra, Želibor, Želimir
zlat, złot, zlato gold Zlatomíra, Zlatimir
This article incorporates information from this version of the equivalent article on the Polish Wikipedia.

Participle-built names[edit]

These are derived either from the past participle (in the passive voice), e.g.: Bojan, Chocian, Kochan, Miłowan, Pomian, Stator, Wygnan, or the present participle (in the active voice), e.g.: Cieszym, Myślim, Radzim, Borzym. Such names are repositories of perhaps the largest source of sociological data about the ancient Slavic people.[6] They have a variety of purposes, which can be listed as follows:

  • names containing a good wish, e.g. Kochan ('let him be loved'), Milan.
  • names referring to affection for the new born child, e.g. Obiecan ('promised'), Żdan ('promised', 'expected'),
  • names protecting from evil (consisting of lexemes with a negative, deterring effect) e.g. Wygnan, Mazan, Grozim.[7]

Other examples: Poznan ('known', 'recognized'), Goszczon (being a guest at someone's place), Krszczon ('baptized'), Radovan, Dragan, Željan, Dejan, Nayden, Mirjana.

Diminutive and hypocoristic names[edit]

Hypocorystic names (which have a baby-talk function) and diminutive names deriving from the above-mentioned dithematic names are created by using different diminutive suffixes. Such names are very popular in everyday usage, and usually are created by replacing part of the name with the suffix -ek (masculine, predominantly West Slavic; e.g. Polish Włodzimierz – Włodek), -ko (masculine, predominantly South Slavic and Ukrainian), -ka (feminine; also masculine in Russian), or -a: Mila, Luba, Staszek, Radek, Władek, Zlatko, Zlata, Volodya, Bronek, Leszek, Dobrusia, Slavko, Wojtek, Mirka, Bogusia, Slava, Zdravko, Zbyszko, Miłosz, Staś, Przemek, Bolko, Draho, Željko, Borya (fight), etc.

Popularity in non-Slavic cultures[edit]

Some Slavic names have gained popularity in other (non-Slavic) countries, e.g.: Vera, Mila, Svante, Boris, Vladimir, Mirko, Laszlo, Casimir, Wenzel, Milena, Estanislao, Vlad, Nadia, Mircea, Bronislovas, Radu, Vesna, Wanda, Ladislao, Bogdan, etc.

Christian Saints with Slavic names[edit]

The following list contains only canonized Saints. Beatified Saints with Slavic names (e.g. Saint Ceslaus, Saint Radim) are not included.

Casimir a patron saint of Lithuania, Poland, and the young.
Ladislaus of Hungary a King of Hungary. (He was not a Slav, but his name is Slavic)
Milutin of Serbia a King of Serbia.
Ludmila of Bohemia a patron saint of Bohemia and Czech Republic.
Stanislaus of Szczepanów a patron saint of Poland and Kraków.
Stanisław Kazimierczyk a priest and preacher, canonized on 17 October 2010.
Stanislaus Kostka a patron saint of Jesuit novices, students, Poland.
Svorad a patron saint of Nitra.
Wenceslaus a duke; patron saint of Bohemia, Czech Republic and Prague.
Boris a knyaz (prince) who baptised Bulgaria.
Vladimir of Kiev a prince who baptised Kievan Rus.
Vladimir of Duklja a prince who ruled Duklja.
Vladislav of Serbia a King of Serbia.
Uroš of Dečani a King of Serbia.
Wojciech a patron saint of Bohemia, Poland, and Hungary.
Zdislava of Lemberk a patron saint of Diocese of Litoměřice and of Liberec Region.

Slavic names popular among Eastern Slavs[edit]

Slavic names popular in Russia[edit]

Feminine: Bogdana, Boleslava, Borislava, Bronislava, Lyubov, Ludmila/Ludmilla, Miloslava, Miroslava, Nadezhda, Rada, Radoslava, Slava, Snezhana, Stanislava, Svetlana, Vera, Vladislava, Yaroslava[8][9]

Masculine: Bogdan, Boleslav, Boris, Borislav, Bronislav, Kazimir, Iziaslav, Miloslav, Miroslav, Mstislav, Radimir/Radomir, Radoslav, Rostislav, Stanislav, Svyatopolk, Svyatoslav, Vadim, Vlad, Vladimir, Vladislav, Vsevolod, Vyacheslav, Yaroslav[8][9]

See also:

Slavic names among Southern Slavs[edit]

Slavic names in Bulgaria[edit]

Main article: Bulgarian names
Boris I
Bogdan Filov
Archaeologist, politician
Lyubomir Miletich
Linguist, historian

Feminine: Beloslava, Bilyana, Bisera, Bistra, Blaga, Blagorodna, Blagovesta, Blaguna, Bogdana, Boriana, Borislava, Boyana, Boyka, Bozhana, Bozhidara, Branimira, Darina, Denica, Desislava, Dobra, Dobriana, Dobrinka, Dobromira, Elka, Grozda, Grozdana, Iskra, Kalina, Krasimira, Luba, Lubomira, Lyudmila, Lyubka, Lyubov, Malina, Miglena, Mila, Militsa, Milka , Milanka, Milena, Mira, Miriana, Miroliuba, Miroslava, Nadezhda, Nadia, Neda, Nedelya, Nedyalka, Nevena, Ognyana, Plamena, Preslava, Rada, Radka, Radost, Radostina, Radoslava, Radosveta, Ralica, Rosica, Rostislava, Rumena, Rumiana, Slavena, Slavina, Slavka, Snezha, Snezhana, Snezhanka, Snezhina, Spasena, Spaska, Stanimira, Stanislava, Stanka, Stoyanka, Stoyna, Svetla, Svetlana, Svetoslava, Svetozara, Svilena, Tsveta, Tsvetanka, Tsvetelina, Tsviata, Velika, Velislava, Velizara, Velmira, Vera, Vesela, Veselina, Viara, Vihra, Vladislava, Zdravka, Zhivka, Zlata, Zlatina, Zora, Zorka, Zornitsa[10]


Biser, Blago, Blagoy, Blagovest, Blagun, Bogdan, Bogomil, Bojidar, Boril, Boris, Borislav, Borko, Boyan, Boyko, Bozhil, Bozhin, Branimir, Darin, Darko, Delcho, Delyan, Denislav, Desislav, Deyan, Dragan, Dragomir, Dobri, Dobrin, Dobroliub, Dobromir, Dobroslav, Goran, Grozdan, Iskren, Kamen, Krasimir, Krastan, Krastyo, Lachezar, Lyuben, Lyubomir, Lyuboslav, Lyudmil, Malin, Milan, Milcho, Milen, Mileti, Milko, Milush, Mirko, Miro, Miroslav, Mladen, Momchil, Naum, Nayden, Nedelcho, Nedyalko, Ognian, Ognyan, Orlin, Parvan, Plamen, Preslav, Prodan, Radi, Radko, Radomir, Radoslav, Radosvet, Radoy, Raicho, Rayko, Razvigor, Rosen, Rostislav, Rumen, Slav, Slavcho, Slavi, Slavian, Slavko, Slavomir, Spas, Stanimir, Stanislav, Stanko, Stoil, Stoyan, Stoycho, Stoyko, Strahil, Svetlin, Svetoslav, Svetozar, Svilen, Tihomir, Tomislav, Traicho, Traiko, Tsvetan, Tsvetomir, Valko, Varban, Velichko, Veliko, Velin, Velislav, Velizar, Velko, Ventseslav, Ventsislav, Veselin, Vesselin, Vihren, Vitomir, Vladimir, Vladislav, Volen, Yasen, Yavor, Zdravko, Zhelyazko, Zhivko, Zlatan, Zlatko, Zlatomir, Zvezdelin[10]

Slavic names in Croatia[edit]

Main article: Croatian name
Tennis player


Berislava, Biserka, Blaga, Blagica, Blaženka, Bogdana, Bogomila, Bogumila, Borka, Borislava, Božena, Božica, Božidarka, Branimira, Branka, Buga, Cvita, Cvijeta, Čedna, Danica, Davorka, Divna, Dragana, Dragica, Draženka, Dubravka, Dunja, Hrvatina, Hrvoja, Hrvojka, Jasenka, Jasna, Ljuba, Ljubica, Mila, Milica, Miljenka, Mislava, Mira, Mirka, Mirna, Mojmira, Morana, Nada, Neda, Nediljka, Nevenka, Ognjenka, Ranka, Rašeljka, Ratka, Ruža, Ružica, Sanja, Slava, Slavica, Slavenka, Smiljana, Spomenka, Srebrenka, Stanislava, Stana, Stanka, Snješka, Snježana, Sunčana, Sunčica, Svitlana, Svjetlana, Tjeha, Tihana, Tihomila, Tuga, Vedrana, Vera, Verica, Vjera, Vesna, Vjekoslava, Vlasta, Vlatka, Zdenka, Zlata, Zora, Zorica, Zorka, Zrinka, Zrina, Zvjezdana, Zvonimira, Zvonka, Željka, Živka[11]


Berislav, Berivoj, Blago, Bogdan, Bogumil, Bogoljub, Bogomil, Boris, Borislav, Borna, Božetjeh, Božidar, Božo, Bratislav, Budimir, Branimir, Brajko, Branko, Braslav, Bratoljub, Cvitko, Cvjetko, Časlav, Častimir, Čedomir, Dalibor, Damir, Darko, Davor, Davorin, Davorko, Desimir, Dobroslav, Dobrovit, Domagoj, Dragan, Drago, Dragoslav, Dragutin, Dražan, Dražen, Draženko, Držiha, Držislav, Godemir, Gojko, Gojislav, Gojslav, Goran, Grubiša, Hrvatin, Hrvoj, Hrvoje, Hrvoslav, Kazimir, Kažimir, Jasenko, Klonimir, Krešimir, Krešo, Krševan, Lavoslav, Ljubomir, Ljudevit, Milan, Mile, Milivoj, Milovan, Miljenko, Mirko, Miro, Miroslav, Miroš, Mislav, Mladen, Mojmir, Mutimir, Nediljko, Nedjeljko, Nenad, Neven, Njegomir, Njegovan, Ognjen, Ostoja, Ozren, Predrag, Pribislav, Prvan, Prvoslav, Prvoš, Radimir, Radomir, Radoš, Rajko, Ranko, Ratimir, Ratko, Rato, Radovan, Radoslav, Siniša, Slaven, Slaviša, Slavoljub, Snješko, Slavomir, Smiljan, Spomenko, Srebrenko, Srećko, Stanislav, Stanko, Strahimir, Svetoslav, Tihomil, Tihomir, Tješimir, Tomislav, Tomo, Tugomir, Tvrtko, Trpimir, Vatroslav, Većeslav, Vedran, Velimir, Veselko, Vidoslav, Vjekoslav, Vjenceslav, Višeslav, Vitomir, Vjeran, Vladimir, Vlado, Vlatko, Vojmil, Vojmir, Vojnomir, Vuk, Zdenko, Zdeslav, Zdravko, Zorislav, Zoran, Zrinko, Zrinoslav, Zlatko, Zvonimir, Zvonko, Želimir, Željko, Živko[11]

Slavic names in Macedonia[edit]

Main article: Macedonian names

Feminine: Blagica, Mila, Ljupka, Mirjana, Stojna, Slavka, Slavica, Živka, Blagorodna, Ver(k)a, Jagoda, Letka, Mirka, Ubavka, Snežana, Zlata, Blaga, Vladica, Radmila, Rada

Masculine: Boban, Blagoja, Blagojče, Borče, Cvetan, Darko, Dragan, Dragi, Duško, Goran, Ljupčo, Slavčo, Milan, Mile, Miroslav, Vladimir, Vlatko, Zlatko, Živko, Stojan, Zlate, Mirko, Ljuben, Zoran, Ognen, Rade, Blaže, Goce,

Slavic names in Serbia[edit]

Main article: Serbian names
Prince, Archbishop,
Tennis #1


Blagica, Biljana, Biserka, Bojana, Bogdana, Borislava, Boža, Božana, Božena, Božica, Božidarka, Branimira, Branka, Brankica, Branislava, Budislavka, Daliborka, Dana, Danka, Danica, Dara, Darina, Darka, Davorka, Dejana, Divna, Draga, Dragana, Dragica, Dragoslava, Draženka, Dubravka, Dunja, Dušana, Goranka, Gorana, Jasna, Jadranka, Jadrana, Jasenka, Jugoslava, Krešimira, Ljubica, Kalina, Malina, Mila, Milena, Milana, Milica, Milja, Miljana, Milka, Mira, Miroslava, Mirna, Mladenka, Nada, Nadežda, Neda, Nevena, Nevenka, Navenka, Nedeljka, Rada, Radmila, Ranka, Raja, Rajana, Rajka, Radomira, Radoslava, Sana, Snežana, Slava, Slavica, Slavka, Stana, Senka, Stanka, Stojana, Smiljana, Stanislava, Svetlana, Lana, Ljubica, Tara, Tija, Tijana, Tomislava, Vida, Vedrana, Vera, Verica, Vjera, Vesna, Vesela, Višnja, Zvezdana, Zlata, Zorana, Zorica, Željka[11]


Bajko, Beloš, Beriša, Biljan, Boban, Blagoje, Bogdan, Bogomil, Bogoljub, Bojan, Borislav, Bora, Boris, Borisav, Boško, Branimir, Branislav, Branko, Brajko, Božidar, Budimir, Čedomir, Cvijetin, Gojko, Darko, Dare, Darin, Daro, Dalibor, Damir, Dane, Danko, Davor, Davorin, Dejan, Divan, Dobrica, Dobroslav, Dragan, Dragiša, Drago, Dragoljub, Dragomir, Dragoslav, Dragutin, Draža, Dražen, Draženko, Dubravko, Dušan, Duško, Gojko, Goran, Gradimir, Gvozden, Jakša, Jadranko, Jadran, Javor, Jasen, Jasenko, Jug, Jugoslav, Ljuba, Ljubo Ljubomir, Ljubodrag, Kalin, Miladin, Milan, Milen, Miljan, Milivoje, Mile, Milenko, Milanko, Milo, Miloje, Milorad, Miloš, Milovan, Milutin, Mijomir, Miodrag, Miro, Miroslav, Mirko, Mislav, Miša, Mladen, Momčilo, Momir, Nado, Nebojša, Neven, Nedeljko, Novak, Nemanja, Nenad, Njegomir, Obren, Obrad, Ognjen, Ostoja, Ozren, Predrag, Rade, Radoš, Radič, Radivoje, Rado, Radoje, Radomir, Radonja, Ratomir, Radiša, Radmilo, Radoslav, Radosav, Radovan, Rajan, Rajko, Rajke, Rajo, Ranko, Ratko, Spas, Spasoje, Sava, Savo, Svetlan, Senko, Siniša, Srećko, Smiljan, Slava, Slaven, Slavko, Slavimir, Slaviša, Slobodan, Srdjan, Srećko, Sredoje, Sreten, Stanko, Stanislav, Strahinja, Stracimir, Svetozar, Sokol, Tihomir, Tijan, Tomislav, Toplica, Vedran, Velibor, Velimir, Veljko, Veran, Veselin, Veselko, Vladimir, Vladislav, Vlastimir, Vitomir, Vlade, Vlado, Vlatko, Vojislav, Vojkan, Vojmir, Vid, Vuk, Vukan, Vukašin, Vujadin, Vujasin, Vukosav, Vukota, Vuksan, Zvezdan, Zdravko, Zoran, Zvonko, Žarko, Željko, Želimir, Zlatan, Zlatko, Živadin, Živko, Živojin, Živorad, Života[11]

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Slavic names in Slovenia[edit]


Bogdana, Branka, Cvetka, Danica, Draga, Dragica, Dunja, Janina, Jasna, Ljuba, Ljubica, Milena, Milica, Mira, Morana, Mora, Nada, Neda, Nedeljka, Neva, Nevenka, Slava, Slavica, Spomenka, Stanislava, Stana, Stanka, Svetlana, Vedrana, Vera, Vesna, Vlasta, Vojka, Zdenka, Zdravka, Zlatka, Zora, Zorica, Zorka, Zvonka, Živa


Bogdan, Boris, Borut, Bojan, Božidar, Božo, Branko, Ciril, Cvetko, Črtomir, Dejan, Dragan, Drago, Dragotin, Dušan, Gojmir, Gorazd, Gregor, Jaroslav, Kresnik, Lado, Milan, Miran, Mirko, Miroslav, Miško, Perun, Radivoj, Rajko, Srečko, Slavko, Stanislav, Stanko, Stane, Vekoslav, Venceslav, Vitan, Vitomir, Vladimir, Vlado, Vojteh, Zdenko, Zdravko, Zoran, Žarko, Željko, Živko

Slavic names popular among Western Slavs[edit]

Slavic names popular in Poland[edit]

Freedom fighter
Rally driver


Bogna, Bogdana, Bogumiła, Bogusława, Bolesława, Bożena, Bronisława, Czesława, Dąbrówka, Dobrochna, Dobroniega, Dobrosława, Gniewomira, Godzimira, Godzisława, Gorzysława, Grzymisława, Kazimiera, Ludmiła, Marzanna, Mieczysława, Milena, Miła, Mira, Mirosława, Radochna, Radosława, Sławomira, Sobiesława, Stanisława, Sulisława, Wacława, Wiesława, Władysława, Zdzisława

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Bogdan, Bogumił, Bogusław, Bogusz, Bohdan, Bolesław, Bożydar, Bronisław, Chwalibóg, Chwalisław, Czcibor, Czesław, Dobiegniew, Dobiesław, Dobrogost, Dobromir, Dobromił, Dobrosław, Domard, Domasław, Dzierżysław, Gniewko, Gniewomir, Godzimir, Godzisław, Gorzysław, Jarosław, Krzesimir, Kazimierz, Lech, Lechosław, Lesław, Leszek, Lubomir, Ludomił, Mieszko, Mieczysław, Miłosław, Miłosz, Mirosław, Mścisław, Mściwój, Przemysław, Przybysław, Radosław, Rościsław, Sambor, Sędziwoj, Sławoj, Sławomir, Sobiesław, Stanisław, Sulisław, Świętosław, Wacław, Wiesław, Wińczysław, Władysław, Włodzimierz, Wojciech, Wszebor, Zawisza, Zbigniew, Zbyszko, Zdzisław, Ziemowit

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Slavic names popular in Slovakia and Czech Republic[edit]



Blahoslava, Blahuse, Bojana, Bojka, Boleslava, Bolena, Bolerka, Bohumira, Bohuslava, Bozidara, Boza, Bozena, Bozka, Bratislava, Bretislava, Bretka, Breticka, Bronislava/Branislava, Brana, Branka, Brona, Bronicka, Bronka, Dobrali, Dobromila, Dobromira, Dobroslava, Drahomira, Draha, Drahuse, Drahuska, Draza, Dusana, Dusa, Sudanka, Dusicka, Duska, Jarka, Kvetoslava, Kveta, Kvetka, Kvetuse, Kvetuska, Libera, Liba, Libenka, Libuse, Libuska, Lidmila, Ludmilla, Ludmila, Lida, Lidka, Liduna, Lidunka, Liduse, Lizuska, Lubomira, Luba, Lubena, Lubina, Lubina, Lubka, Lubuska, Mecislava, Melina, Mecka, Mila, Milena, Milady, Miladena, Milana, Mlada, Mladena, Miladka, Milanka, Milenka, Milka, Miluse, Miluska, Mlaska, Mladuska, Miloslava, Miroslava, Mira, Mirka, Miruska, Nadezda/Nadezhda, Nadeja, Neda/Nedda, Pribislava, Pribena, Próbka, Pribuska, Radomia, Rada, Radlinka, Radoslava, Rada, Rostislava, Rosta, Rostina, Rostinka, Rostuska, Sobeslava, Sobena, Sobeska, Stanislava, Stana, Stanicka, Stanuska, Svetlana, Svetla, Svetlanka, Svetluse, Svetluska, Veleslava, Vela, Velina, Velinka, Velka, Veluska, Venceslava/Vaclava, Vena, Venka, Venuska, Vera, Vierka, Verka, Veruska, Vladimíra, Vladmira, Vladislava/Ladislava, Valeska, Vlasta, Zbyhneva, Zbyna, Zbysa, Zbyhneka, Zbyhneuska, Zdenka, Zdeslava, Zdislava, Desa, Zdeska, Zwisa, Zdiska, Zelislava, Zitomira, Zitka, Zituse, Zivanka, Zivka, Zivuse, Zivuska, Zlata, Zlatina, Zlatinka, Zlatka, Zlatuje, Zlatuska, Zlatana, Zlatunka, Zoila, Zora, Zorah[12][13]


Blahoslav (house form, Blahos, Blahosek,) Bohdan, Bohumil, Bohumír, Bohuslav, Bojan, Bujanek, Bojek, Boleslav, Bolek Borivoj, house form: Bora, Borik, Borek), Borzivoi, Bozidar, Bratislav, Bretislav house form: Bretik, Břeťa Bronislav/Branislav, Branek, Branik, Budislav, Budek, Ceslav/Ctislav, Ctibor, Dalibor, Dobromil, Dobromir, Dobroslav, Drahomir, Draha, Drahos, Drahosek, Durko, Sudan, Sudanek, Dusek, Honza, Jarek, Jarousek, Jaromil, Jaromir, (house form: Jarek), Jaropluk, Jaroslav, Jur, Karda, Kvetoslav, Lubomir, Lubor, Lumir, Luba, Lubek, Luborek, (house form:Lubos, Lubosek, Ludomir, Ludoslav, Mecislav, Mecek, Mecik, Mecislavek, Milan, Milic, Miloslav, Milda, Milon, Milos, Miroslav, Mirek, Mstislav, Nepomuk, Pomuk, Nepomucek, Premysl, Myslik, Premek, Pribislav, Priba, Pribik, Pribisek, Radoslav house form: Radek Radek/ (house form: Radik, Radecek, Radan, Radko, Rados, Radousek, slovak form: Radko), Radomir/Radimir, Radim, Radoslav, Rostislav, Rosta, Rostek, Rosticek, Rostik, Slavomir, Slava, Slavoj, Sobeslav, Sobek, Sobik, Stanislav, Stana, Standa, Stanek, Stanko, Stanicek, Stanik, Svatomir, Svatopluk, Svatoslav, Techomir, Techoslav, Veleslav, Vela, Velek, Velousek, Venceslav/Vaclav, Vacek, Vasek, Vena, Venousek, Wenzel, Vladimír, Vladislav/Ladislav, Vlad, Vlastimil, Vojtech, house form: Vojta, Wojtek, Vojtik, Vojtisek, Zbyhnev, Zbyna, Zbytek, Zbytek, Zelislav, Zelek, Zelicek, Zelik, Zelousek, Zdeslav, Zdislav, Zdik Zdisek, Zitomir, Zitek, Zitousek, Zivan,Zivanek, Zivek, Zivko, Zlatan, Zlatek, Zlaticek, Zlatik, Klatko, Zlatousek[12][13]

Slavic names popular in Upper Sorbian Łužica[edit]

Jaroměr H. Imiš
Jaroměr Hendrich Imiš (1819–1897), Sorbian priest and cultural activist

Feminine: Božena, Dobysława, Lubina, Ludmila, Měrana, Milena, Milenka, Mječisława, Rodźisława, Wojćisława[14]

Masculine: Bohuměr, Bronisław, Česćiměr, Dobysław, Horisław, Jaroměr, Milan, Mirko, Mirosław, Mječisław, Radoměr, Stani, Stanij, Stanisław, Wjeleměr, Wójsław[14]
Historical: Ćimisław, Derwan, Miliduch

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Slavic names in Kashubia[edit]

Feminine: Sławina, Sulësława, Witosława

Masculine: Jaromir, Mscëwòj, Subisłôw, Swiãtopôłk

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More specific information about given names and surnames used in each Slavic nation:


  1. ^ "Słowianie codziennie, imiona". (Polish)
  2. ^ "Obrzędy związane z narodzinami". (Polish)
  3. ^ "Imiona słowiańskie". (Polish)
  4. ^ a b c d "Imiona Słowiańskie na ziemiach polskich". (Polish)
  5. ^ "Od Bolesława do Kosmacza". (Polish)
  6. ^ D. Podlawska, "Gramatyka historyczna języka polskiego z elementami staro-cerkwienno-słowiańskiego i dialektologii", Wydawnictwo Naukowe Akademii Pomorskiej w Słupsku, Słupsk 2003|page 156-157, isbn = 83-88731-23-8
  7. ^ M.Malec "Wkład krakowskiego językoznastwa w polonistycznego do nauki o imionach osobowych" w LingVaria 2006/1, Wydział Polonistyki UJ, Księgarnia Akademicka, Kraków 2006, pages 127-131, isbn = 83-7188-921-6
  8. ^ a b "Russian names". 
  9. ^ a b "Russian Names of Slavic Origin". 
  10. ^ a b "Bulgarian names". 
  11. ^ a b c d "Serbian and Croatian names". 
  12. ^ a b "Czech and Slovak names". 
  13. ^ a b "Czech and Slovak Names of Slavic Origin". 
  14. ^ a b "Diskussion:Obersorbische Vornamen (Beispiele) (German Wikipedia)". 


  • A.Cieślikowa (red.) Słownik etymologiczno-motywacyjny staropolskich nazw osobowych t.1, Kraków 2000, ISBN 83-87623-23-7 (Polish)
  • A.Cieślikowa Derywacja paradygmatyczna w staropolskiej antroponimii, Kraków 1991, ISBN 83-900261-7-1 (Polish)
  • A. Brückner Słownik etymologiczny języka polskiego, Warszawa 1985 (Polish)
  • M. Malec Imię w polskiej antroponimii i kulturze, Kraków 2001, ISBN 83-87623-27-X (Polish)
  • M. Malec, Obraz rodziny w słowiańskich imionach złożonych, [w:] Rozprawy slawistyczne nr 16, * Słowiańskie composita antroponimiczne, Lublin 2000 (Polish)

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