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Gender male
Word/name Slavic
Meaning given by God
Region of origin Eastern Europe
Other names
Related names Božidar, Bożydar

Bogdan or Bohdan (Cyrillic: Богдан) is a Slavic masculine name that appears in Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Romania, Moldova and Poland. It is derived from the Slavic words Bog/Boh (Cyrillic: Бог), meaning "god", and dan (Cyrillic: дан), meaning "gift". The name appears to be an early calque from Greek Theodore (Theodotus, Theodosius) with the same meaning.[1] The name is also used as a surname.


The sound change of 'g' into 'h' occurred in the Ukrainian, Belarusian, Czech and Slovak languages (hence Bohdan). Although this sound change did not occur in the Polish language, either Bogdan or Bohdan may be used in Poland.

Slavic variants include Serbo-Croatian Božidar (Божидар)[2] and Polish Bożydar, while diminutive forms and nicknames include Boguś, Bodya, Boca, Boci, Boća, Boša, Bogi.[citation needed] The feminine form is Bogdana or Bohdana, with variants such as Bogdanka.

Names with similar meanings are Greek Theodore, Kurdish Bokan, Persian Khudadad, Arabic Ataullah, Hebrew Nathaniel, Jonathan, Matthew and Zane, Latin Deodatus, Spanish Diosdado and French Dieudonné.

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  1. ^ Unbegaun, B.O. (1972). Russian surnames. Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 0198156359. 
  2. ^ П. Скок. 1971. ЕТИМОЛОГИЈСКИ РЈЕЧНИК ХРВАТСКОГА ИЛИ СРПСКОГА ЈЕЗИКА. Југословенска академија знаности и умјетности. Загреб.