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", 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[edit]

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[edit]

Old Rus' names were based on common Slavic names such as Vladimir (Old East Slavic form Volodimer), Svyatopolk (holy regiment), Yaropolk, Voislav (glorious warrior), Borislav (glorious wrestler), Boris (fighter), Lyubomir (loves the world), Ratibor (war fighter), Vadim, Yaroslav, Izyaslav, Mstislav, Vsevolod. 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[edit]

Slavic origin name on 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. Kaleta 1995 notes that "In the case of Old Germanic and Old Slavic personal names, the dithematic name form contained a wish for the new-born child. These wishes pertained to the values that obtained in these early times".[5] 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).[6] 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 Examples
blag, błog, blah gentle, kind, blessed Blahoslav, Blažena
bog, bóg, boh, boż God, rich, fate Bohumil, Boguslav, Bohdan, Bożena, Bogusław, Bogdan, Bogna, Bożydar, Modliboga, Falibog, Boguwola, Božetjeh, Bogosav, Bogoljub
bole great, more, large Bolesław, Boleslav, Bolemir, Boleczest, Bolelut
bor war, fight Boris, Borzysław, Borislav, Dalibor, Sambor, Lutobor, Myślibora, Strogobor, Borisav, Borislav;
brat, bata brother Bratislav, Bratumił
bron, bran to protect, to defend Bronisław, Branislav, Bronimir, Bronisąd, Srbobran, Częstobrona,
bude, budzi to be Budimír, Budimir, Budislav
choti, chocie, želi to want Chociemir, Chciebor, Chociebąd, Chotimíra, Želimir, Želimirka
chwał, fal, hval to praise, to glorify Boguchwał, Chwalibog, Chwalimir, Falibor, Hvalimir,
tech, ciech, tješ, teš happy, comfort Ciechosław, Wojciech, Sieciech, Techomir, Dobrociech, Božetech, Tješimir, Sławociech, Tešimir
dobo, dobie, appropriate, brave Dobiesław (disambiguation), Dobiegniew
cze, cti, ča, če honour Czesław, Ctibor, Czedrog, Cibor, Čestmír, Česlav, Ctirad, Čedomir, Častimir
dar, dan gift, receive Dan, Božidar, Božidarka
dobro good, goodness Dobrosław, Dobromir, Dobroniega, Dobrogost, Dobromil, Dobrożyźń, Dobromir, Dobroslav,
dom house Domarad, Domosław, Domagoj, Domamir, Domoľub, Domawit, Domabor
drag, drog, drah, drag precious, beloved Dragoslav, Dragomir, Dragoljub, Drogodziej, Drogoradz, Wieledrog, Predrag, Drohobysz, Miłodrog, Miodrag,
dzierż, drži to have, to rule, to keep Dzierżysław, Dzierżykraj, Dzirżyterg, Držislav
gniew, hněv angry, furious Zbigniew, Gniewomir, Mścigniew, Wojgniew, Dobiegniew, Ostrogniew, Zbyhněv
god appropriate Godemir, Godzimir, Godzisława
gost, 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 corrupt Kazimierz, Casimir, Kazimir, Skaziczest
krasi, kreši, krzesi beauty Krzesimir, Krešimir, Krzesisław, Kresivoje, Krasimira
kvet flower Kvetoslava
lud, ljud people Ľudmila, Ľudovít
lut severe, ruthless Lutosław, Lutobor, Lutogniew, Lutomir, Zbylut, Lutomysł
lyub, lub, l'ub love Lubomir, Ljubomir, Lubosław, Lubov, Lubor, Ľubica, Ľubor,
mil, mił love, to like, favour, graced Vlastimil, Tomiła, Milica, Miłowit, Milomir, Miloslav, Milivoje, Ludmila, Radmila, Jarmila,
mir, měr, mierz, myr peace/world, prestige[7] 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, Mszczuj
mysl, mysł think Přemysl, Myslivoj
nieg delight Dobroniega, Njegomir, Mironieg, Niegodoma, Niegosław
ne, nie negative Nevzor, Nekras, Nezhdan, Niedamir, Nenad, Nebojša, Niedalic, Niesuł, Nemanja
ostro sharp Ostromir, Ostrogniew, Ostrík
pluk regiment Yaropolk, Jaropluk, Sviatopolk, Svätopluk, Świętopełk
rast, rost, rósc, grow, demand, usurp Rastislav, Rościsław, Rościgniew, Rostimira
rad happy, eager, to care Radovan, Radomír, Radoslav
rati, raci war, fight, to do (vocal change from radi to rati) Ratibor, Racisława, Racimir, Ratimir, Racigniew, Gnierat
siem, ziem, zem, family, land Siemowit, Siemomysł, Siemił, Ziemowit, Siemysław
sobie, sobě usurp, for me Soběslav, Sobierad, Sobiemir, Sobiebor
slav, sław glory, fame Mstislav, Stanisław, Rostislav, Sławomir, Vladislav, Izyaslav, Vyacheslav, Sviatoslav, Miroslav, Boguslav, Borislav, Sławobor, Gościsław, Jaroslav, Slavena, Wiesław, Kvetoslav, Tomislav, Věroslav, Soběslav, Slavoljub, Srboslav, Rastislav
spyci, spyti pointless, unnecessary Spytihněv
stan to become Stanimir, Stanislav, Stanisław, Stanibor, Stanimir
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[citation needed] Sviatoslav, Svetoslav, Svetlana, Światopełk, Swiãtopôłk, Świętomir, Svätobor, Svetozar, Svatoboj, Svetomir, Świętożyźń,
svo, sve, świe, sav all, every, always Świedrag, Svorad, Świegniew, Dragosav, Milosav
unie better Uniedrog, Uniebog, Uniesław
veli, vyache, więce, više great, more, large Vaclav, Vyacheslav, Wenzel, Veleslava, Wielimir, Velimir, Więcerad
vest, wieść to know, to lead Blagovest, Dobrowieść
vit, wit to rule, to lead 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, Vlastislav
vrat bring back Vratislav
voj, woj fighter, warrior, war Wojsław, Częstowoj, Vojislav, Wojciech, Borivoj, Vladivoj, Vojnomir, Radivoj, Wojbor, Milivoj, Dobrivoje, Kresivoje, Ljubivoje
wol, vol to prefer Wolebor, Wolimir, Wolisław
vse, vše, wsze all Vseslav
zby to dispeal, to get rid of Zbigniew, Zbylut
zde, zdzie, sede, Sdě to do, make Zdzisław, Zdziwoj, Sedemir, Zdeslav, Zderad, Zdziemił, Sděmir, Sdivoj,
želi, żeli want, desire Żelibrat, Żelimysł, Żelisław, Želimíra, Želibor, Želimir, Želmír
zlat, złot, zlato gold Zlatomíra, Zlatimir

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.[8] 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.[9]

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]

Diminutive and hypocoristic (endearing) 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),Boško, Božica, Božana, Branko, Branka, Braniša, Borko, Budimka, Hvališa, Dobar, Dobra, Dragoš, Dragica, Dragi, Draga, Dragoş, Miloš, Slavko, Slavica, Slavisa, Svetlana, Wít, Zdenka, Bratko, Braco, Braca, Bato, Bata, Batica, 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.

a Patron saint of Lithuania, Poland, and the young
Ladislaus of Hungary
Milutin 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
Stanislaus Kostka a Patron saint of Jesuit novices, students, Poland
Wenceslaus a duke; patron saint of Bohemia, Czech Republic and Prague
Boris a knyaz (prince) who baptised Bulgaria
Vladimir I 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[10][11]

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[10][11]

See also:

Slavic names among Southern Slavs[edit]

Slavic names in Bulgaria[edit]

Bogdan Filov
Archaeologist, politician
Lyubomir Miletich
Linguist, historian

Feminine: Beloslava, Bilyana, Bisera, Bistra, Blaga, Blagorodna, Blagovesta, Blaguna, Bogdana, Boryana, Borislava, Boyana, Boyka, Bozhana, Bozhidara, Branimira, Darina, Denica, Desislava, Dobra, Dobryana, Dobrinka, Dobromira, Dragana, Elka, Grozda, Grozdana, Iskra, Kalina, Krasimira, Kosara, Luba, Lyubomira, Lyudmila, Lyubka, Lyubov, Malina, Miglena, Mila, Militsa, Milka , Milanka, Milena, Mira, Miriana, Mirolyuba, Miroslava, Nadezhda, Nadia, Neda, Nedelya, Nedyalka, Nevena, Ognyana, Plamena, Preslava, Rada, Radka, Radost, Radostina, Radoslava, Radosveta, Ralica, Rosica, Rostislava, Rumena, Rumyana, Slavena, Slavina, Slavka, Snezha, Snezhana, Snezhanka, Snezhina, Spasena, Spaska, Stanimira, Stanislava, Stanka, Stilyana, Stoyanka, Stoyna, Svetla, Svetlana, Svetoslava, Svetozara, Svilena, Tsveta, Tsvetanka, Tsvetelina, Tsviata, Velika, Velislava, Velizara, Velmira, Vera, Vesela, Veselina, Vyara, Vihra, Vladislava, Zdravka, Zhivka, Zlata, Zlatina, Zora, Zorka, Zornitsa[12]


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, Dobrolyub, Dobromir, Dobroslav, Goran, Grozdan, Iskren, Kalin, 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, Sneg, Slav, Slavcho, Slavi, Slavyan, Slavko, Slavomir, Spas, Stanimir, Stanislav, Stanko, Stoil, Stoyan, Stoycho, Stoyko, Strahil, Svetlin, Svetoslav, Svetozar, Svilen, Tihomir, Tomislav, Traicho, Traiko, Tsvetan, Tsvetomir, Valko, Varban, Vasil, Velichko, Veliko, Velin, Velislav, Velizar, Velko, Ventseslav, Ventsislav, Veselin, Vesselin, Vihren, Vitomir, Vladimir, Vladislav, Volen, Yasen, Yavor, Zdravko, Zhelyazko, Zhivko, Zlatan, Zlatko, Zlatomir, Zvezdelin[12]

Slavic names in Croatia[edit]

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[13]


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[13]

Slavic names in Macedonia[edit]

Macedonian Poet
First President of Republic of Macedonia
Guitar Player

Feminine: Biljana, Bisera, Bistra, Blaga, Blagica, Blagorodna, Verka, Vladica, Denica, Živka, Zlata, Jagoda, Letka, Ljupka, Mila, Mirjana, Mirka,Rada, Radmila, Slavica, Slavka, Snežana, Stojna, Ubavka

Masculine: Blagoj, Boban, Čedomir Cvetan, Dragan, Dragi, Duško, Goran, Ljupčo, Slavčo, Milan, Mile, Miroslav, Vladimir, Vlatko, Zlatko, Živko, Stojan, Zlate, Mirko, Ljuben, Zoran, Ognen, Rade

Slavic names in Serbia[edit]

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, Ružica, Ruža, 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[13]


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, Srđan, 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[13]

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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
Lech Wałęsa
Sobiesław Zasada
Rally driver
Przemysław Tytoń


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, Velina, 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, Božidara, Boža, Božena, Božka, Bratislava, Bretislava, Bretka, Breticka, Bronislava/Branislava, Brana, Branka, Broňa, Bronička, Bronka, Dobrali, Dobromila, Dobromira, Dobroslava, Drahomira, Draha, Drahuše, Drahuška, Draža, Dušana, Duša, Sudanka, Dušička, Duška, Jarka, Kvetoslava, Kveta, Kvetka, Kvetuše, Kvetuška, Libera, Liba, Libenka, Libuše, Libuška, Lidmila, Ludmilla, Ľudmila, Lida, Lidka, Liduna, Lidunka, Liduše, Lizuška, Ľubomíra, Ľuba, Ľubena, Ľubina, Ľubina, Ľubka, Ľubuška, Mecislava, Melina, Mecka, Mila, Milena, Milady, Miladena, Milana, Mlada, Mladena, Miladka, Milanka, Milenka, Milka, Miluše, Miluška, Mlaška, Mladuška, Miloslava, Miroslava, Mira, Mirka, Miruška, Nadežda, Nadeja, Neda, Pribislava, Pribena, Próbka, Pribuška, Radomia, Rada, Radlinka, Radoslava, Rada, Rostislava, Rosta, Rostina, Rostinka, Rostuška, Sobeslava, Sobena, Sobeška, Stanislava, Stana, Stanička, Stanuška, Svetlana, Svetla, Svetlanka, Svetluše, Svetluška, Veleslava, Vela, Velina, Velinka, Velka, Veluška, Venceslava/Vaclava, Vena, Venka, Venuška, Vera, Vierka, Verka, Veruška, Vladimíra, Vladmira, Vladislava/Ladislava, Valeska, Vlasta, Zbyhneva, Zbyna, Zbyša, Zbyhneka, Zbyhneuška, Zdenka, Zdeslava, Zdislava, Desa, Zdeska, Zwisa, Zdiska, Zelislava, Zitomira, Zitka, Zituše, Živanka, Živka, Živuše, Živuška, Zlata, Zlatina, Zlatinka, Zlatka, Zlatuje, Zlatuška, Zlatana, Zlatunka, Zoila, Zora, Zorah[14][15]


Blahoslav (house form, Blahoš, Blahošek,) 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, Česlav/Ctislav, Ctibor, Dalibor, Dobromil, Dobromir, Dobroslav, Drahomir, Draha, Drahoš, Drahošek, Ďurko, Sudan, Sudanek, Dušek, Honza, Jarek, Jaroušek, Jaromil, Jaromir, (house form: Jarek), Jaropluk, Jaroslav, Kvetoslav, Ľubomír, Ľubor, Lumír, Ľubek, Ľuborek, (house form:Ľuboš, Ľubošek, Ludomir, Ľudoslav, Mecislav, Mecek, Mecik, Mecislavek, Milan, Milič, Miloslav, Milda, Milon, Miloš, Miroslav, Mirek, Mstislav, Nepomuk, Pomuk, Nepomucek, Přemysl, Myslik, Premek, Pribislav, Priba, Pribik, Pribišek, Radoslav house form: Radek Radek (house form: Radik, Radeček, Radan, Radko, Radoš, Radoušek, slovak form: Radko), Radomír/Radimír, Radim, Radoslav, Rostislav, Rosta, Rostek, Rostiček, Rostik, Slavomir, Slava, Slavoj, Sobeslav, Sobek, Sobik, Stanislav, Stana, Standa, Stanek, Stanko, Staníček, Stanik, Svätomír, Svätopluk, Svätoslav, Techomír, Techoslav, Veleslav, Vela, Velek, Veloušek, Venceslav/Vaclav, Vacek, Vašek, Vena, Venoušek, Wenzel, Vladimír, Vladislav/Ladislav, Vlad, Vlastimil, Vojtech, house form: Vojta, Wojtek, Vojtik, Vojtíšek, Zbyhnev, Zbyna, Zbytek, Želislav, Želek, Želiček, Želik, Želoušek, Zdeslav, Zdislav, Zdik Zdišek, Zitomir, Zitek, Zitoušek, Živan,Živanek, Živek, Živko, Zlatan, Zlatek, Zlatiček, Zlatik, Zlatko, Zlatoušek[14][15]

Slavic names popular in Upper Sorbian Łužica[edit]

Feminine: Božena, Dobysława, Lubina, Ludmila, Měrana, Milena, Milenka, Mječisława, Rodźisława, Wojćisława[16]

Masculine: Bohuměr, Bronisław, Česćiměr, Dobysław, Horisław, Jaroměr, Milan, Mirko, Mirosław, Mječisław, Radoměr, Stanij, Stanisław, Wjeleměr, Wójsław[16]

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Slavic names in Kashubia[edit]

Feminine: Sławina, Sulësława, Witosława

Masculine: Jaromir, Mscëwòj, Subisłôw, Swiãtopôłk

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  1. ^ "Słowianie codziennie, imiona" (in Polish). 
  2. ^ "Obrzędy związane z narodzinami" (in Polish). 
  3. ^ "Imiona słowiańskie" (in Polish). 
  4. ^ a b c d "Imiona Słowiańskie na ziemiach polskich" (in Polish). 
  5. ^ Willy van Langendonck (2007). Theory and Typology of Proper Names. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 83–. ISBN 978-3-11-019086-1. 
  6. ^ "Od Bolesława do Kosmacza" (in Polish). 
  7. ^ folk etymological conflation of the Slavic mirŭ "peace/world" with the Gothic (Germanic) element měr, mir "great"
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ 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
  10. ^ a b "Russian names". 
  11. ^ a b "Russian Names of Slavic Origin". 
  12. ^ a b "Bulgarian names". 
  13. ^ a b c d "Serbian and Croatian names". 
  14. ^ a b "Czech and Slovak names". 
  15. ^ a b "Czech and Slovak Names of Slavic Origin". 
  16. ^ a b de:Diskussion:Obersorbische Vornamen#Obersorbische Vornamen .28Beispiele.29


  • 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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