Vasilisa (name)

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Vasilisa
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Princess Vasilisa the Wise or Vasilisa the Beautiful is a stock Russian fairy tale character. Here she is seen at the hut of Baba Yaga in Vasilisa the Beautiful.
Pronunciation IPA: [vəsʲɪˈlʲisə]
Gender female
Origin
Word/name Greek, Russian
Meaning queenly, Russian feminine form of Vasily or Basil.
Region of origin Russia
Other names
Nickname(s) Vasya, Vasilisochka
Related names Basilia, Basilissa, Basilla, Vasilia, Vasiliki (Greek); Vasilka (Bulgarian); Vasylyna (Ukrainian); Vasilissa

The female name Vasilisa is of Greek origin (basilissa) and means "Queen". It is the feminine form of Vasily, the Russian or Greek form of the name Basil.[1]

Its use was inspired by a third-century Christian child martyr, Vasilisa, and several other early saints who are venerated by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. It was the name of several early princesses. Today the name is also associated with a fairy tale princess because of its frequent use in Russian fairy tales. The princess Vasilisa the Beautiful or Vasilisa the Wise is a stock character in Russian fairy tales, including The Frog Tsarevna and Vasilisa the Beautiful. The character often rises in status from a peasant girl to the wife of a prince or is a princess who marries the hero after helping him to accomplish difficult tasks. Unlike other fairy tale heroines who wait to be rescued, Vasilisa often accomplishes a series of tasks that help her defeat the villain of the story. In the tales, the character is also usually a successful housekeeper, which helps her win the love of the prince.[2] Vasilisa is also the name of a character in the book series The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. In the series, Vasilisa Dragomir is a princess and best friend to the protagonist and narrator, Rose Hathaway.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Satran and Rosenkrantz (2007), p. 285
  2. ^ Tatar (2002)

References[edit]

  • Satran, Paula Redmond, and Rosenkrantz, Linda (2007). Baby Name Bible. St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 978-0-312-35220-2
  • Tatar, Maria (2002). The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales. W.W. Norton and Company. ISBN 0-393-05163-3