Ludmila (given name)

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Gender female
Language(s) Slavic
Word/name Slavic
  • ljudъ ("people") + *milъ ("dear")
Region of origin Eastern Europe
Other names
Alternative spelling Ljudmila
Variant form(s) Ludomil (m), Ludomił (m)
Nickname(s) Russian: Люда (Luda), Люся (Lusya), Мила (Mila), Љума (Ljuma)

Ludmila or Ludmilla (in origin sounds like Luedmeela) is a female given name of Slavic origin and consists of two elements: lud ("people") and mila ("dear, love"). Because the initial L is mostly soft (palatalized), it is sometimes also transcribed Lyudmila, Lyudmyla or Ljudmila, and is written as Ľudmila in Slovak.

Other variants include: Людмила, (Bulgarian, Russian and Ukrainian), Људмила (Macedonian and Serbian), Ludomiła, Ludmiła, Ludzimiła, Ludźmiła (Polish), and Ludmilla (Hungarian).

Nicknames are Russian: Люда (Luda), Люся (Lusya), Мила (Mila), Љума (Ljuma)

The most notable bearer is Saint Ludmila, a 10th-century princess from Bohemia, the grandmother of Saint Wenceslaus. The feast day for the saint is September 16, which is celebrated as a name day in Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. Other name days include September 17 (Hungary), and February 20, May 7, July 30, and October 26 (Poland).

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