Vajk (given name)

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Gyula Benczúr's painting: Baptism of Vajk
Gender Male
Word/name Hungarian and Turkic
Meaning "True man"

Vajk or Vojk (alternatively spelled as Voyk or Vayk in English, Voicu in Romanian) is an Old Hungarian masculine first name derived from the Turkic Bajik (or Bajiq or Bayk)[1] which meaning is "True Man"[2] or "rich, powerful".[3][better source needed] Tatars used the name 'Bayk' till the 18th century.[4]

Famous Vajks in history[edit]


  1. ^ Acta orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, Volume 36, Magyar Tudományos Akadémia, 1982, p. 420-426, Cited "The Turkic original of the Old Hungarian name Vajk is Bajiq"
  2. ^ Hungarian: "...a törökből magyarázható. Eredeti formája Bajik. Értelme: 'Igaz Ember'A b a hangfejlődés során gyakorta alakult át v hanggá." is from turkic origin. The original form of the name is Bajik, which meaning is True Man. Letter B changed to V."
  3. ^ Armin Vambery, Der ursprung der Magyaren, F. A. Brockhaus, 1882, p. 166
  4. ^ Magyar Nyelvtudományi Társaság (SOCIETY OF HUNGARIAN LINGUISTICS), Magyar nyelv, Volume 79, Akadémiai Kiadó, 1983, p.113