|Meaning||*sap ('to know') + *ḱléwos ('fame, glory')|
|Alternative spelling||Soběslav, Собѧславь|
|Variant form(s)||Sobiesława (f), Soběslava (f), Собѧслава (f)|
|Related names||Sobierad, Sobiemir, Sobiebor, Sophocles|
Sobiesław (Proto-Slavic: *Sobęslavь, Polish: Sobiesław, Czech, Slovak: Soběslav, Old Church Slavonic: Собѧславь) is a very old Slavic given name, mostly common among the West Slavs. Because of folk etymology, it is popularly supposed to derive from sobie ("usurp, for me, myself") and sław ("glory, prestige"); however, it is actually derived from a Proto-Indo-European name meaning "wise-famous", cognate with Sophocles (roots *sap and *ḱléwos). The feminine form is Sobiesława/Soběslava/Собѧслава.
The name may refer to:
- Soběslav (d. 1004), a brother of Saint Adalbert of Prague
- Soběslav I, Duke of Bohemia
- Sobieslaw I, Duke of Pomerania
- Soběslav II, Duke of Bohemia
- Sobiesław Zasada, a Polish former rally driver
- Soběslav Pinkas, a 19th-century Czech painter
- Samborides, a Pomeranian dynasty
- Soběslav, a town in the Czech Republic situated on the river Lužnice
- Adams, Douglas Q. Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture. Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1997, p.390.