|Meaning||origin: of great power (modern Russian reinterpretations: ruler of the world/peace/People)|
|Alternative spelling||Włodzimierz, Volodymyr, Uladzimir, Vladimiro, Bladimir, Wladimir|
|Variant form(s)||Vladimira (f)|
|Related names||Valamir, Valdemar, Vladislav, Wladyslaw|
Vladimir (Russian Cyrillic: Влади́мир Russian pronunciation: [vlɐˈdʲimʲɪr], Old Church Slavonic: Владимѣръ) is a male Slavic given name of Church Slavonic and Old Slavic origin, now widespread throughout all Slavic nations. It is also a common name in former Soviet non-Slavic countries where Christianity is practised, such as Armenia.
Max Vasmer in his Etymological Dictionary of Russian Language explains the name as meaning "regal". Folk etymology interprets the meaning as "person of the people" or "the one with peace on one side". This confusion is introduced by other meanings of the Slavic word "Mir" or "Myr" – peace, people/community, and the world. There was no ambiguity prior to reforms of Russian orthography in 1918. The spelling of the two words was миръ (peace) and мiръ (the Universe), and the name was spelled the third way, Владимѣръ, of Gothic -mērs (great), meaning "Great in His Power" (compare: Theodemir, Valamir). but Russian speakers understood and understand the meaning as "Peace Owner" or "World Ruler".
- In Old Church Slavonic tradition, preserved in Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian and later borrowed into Slovenian, Croatian, the name is spelled Vladimir. In Czech and Slovak, the name is spelled Vladimír. In Polish, the name is spelled Włodzimierz.
- In Old East Slavic tradition, preserved in Ukrainian, the name is spelled Volodimir, Volodimer, or more commonly as Volodymyr (Володимир).
- In Belarusian the name is spelled Uladzimir (Uładzimir, Уладзімір) or Uladzimier (Uładzimier, Уладзімер).
- In East Slavic languages, short versions of the name are Vova, Volodka, Volodya (but not Vlad, which is common short version for other Slavic name - Vladislav) In other West and South Slavic countries, other pet or boy versions are used: e.g., Vladi, Vlada, Vlado, Vladko, Vlatko, Vladik, Wladik, Wladek, Wlodik and Wlodek.
- Romanian derivations are Vlad and Vlăduț.
- In Latvian the derivation is Voldemārs.
- In Latin-Romance languages: Vladimiro/Vladimir/Bladimir in Spanish, Vladimir/Wladimir in Portuguese, Vladimiro/Wladimiro in Italian (stressed syllable in bold).
- In Greek language: Vladímiros/Bladímēros (Βλαδίμηρος).
- Vladimir, Prince of Serbia 831–850
- Vladimir the Great, Grand Prince of Kiev 980–1015
- Jovan Vladimir, Prince of Duklja 992–1016
- Vlad III the Impaler, Prince of Wallachia 1431–1476/77, "Dracula"
- Vladimir Becić, Croatian painter
- Vladimír Dolník, Slovak ice hockey player
- Vladimir Gardin, Pioneering Russian Film Director and Actor
- Vladimir II Monomakh, Grand Prince of Kievan Rus' 1113–1125
- Vladimir III Mstislavich, Grand Prince of Kievan Rus'
- Vladimir IV Rurikovich, Grand Prince of Kievan Rus'
- Vladimir Alexandrovich, Grand Duke of Russia (l. 1847–1909)
- Vladimir Horowitz, pianist
- Uladzimir Karatkievich, Belarusian writer
- Uładzimir Katkoŭski, Belarusian blogger
- Wladimir Klitschko, Ukrainian professional boxer
- Vladimir Kramnik, former world chess champion from Russia
- Vladimir Lenin, founder of the USSR
- Vladimír Mečiar, former Prime Minister of Slovakia
- Vladimir Mirgorod, Russian serial killer
- Vladimir Myshkin, Soviet ice hockey player
- Vladimir Nabokov, Russian-born author
- Vladimir Nazor, Croatian poet
- Vladimir Oravsky, Swedish writer
- Vladimir Petrović, former footballer and national football team coach of Serbia
- Vladimir Putin, current President of Russia
- Vladimir Radmanović, former Serbian professional basketball player
- Vladimír Růžička, multiple Czech ice hockey players
- Vladimír Dzurilla, former Slovak ice hockey goalkeeper, multiple times world champion
- Vladimir Divljan, Serbian songwriter & singer
- Vladimir Tarasenko, Russian Hockey player for the St. Louis Blues
- Vladimir Terebilov, Russian judge and politician
- Vladimir Troshin, Soviet singer
- Vladimir Yelagin, former Russian minister
- Wladimir Burliuk, Ukrainian avant-garde artist and illustrator
- Vladimir Volkov, Serbian-born Montegrin footballer of patrilineal Russian descent
- Vladimir Beschastnykh, former Russian footballer and all-time Russian topscorer (excluding Soviet era) until surpassed in 2014
- Vladimir Pravik, Soviet firefighter
- Vladimir-Rasate, Knyaz of Bulgaria 889–893
- Vladimir Akopian, Armenian chess player
- Wladimir Balentien, Dutch baseball player
- Wladimir Belli, Italian cyclist
- Vladimir Colin, Romanian writer
- Vladimir Constantinescu, Romanian general
- Vladimir Conta, Romanian conductor
- Vladimir Cosma, Romanian composer
- Vladimir Guerrero, Dominican baseball player
- Vladimir Koman, Hungarian football player
- Vladimir Núñez, Cuban baseball player
- Vladimir Orlando Cardoso de Araújo Filho, Brazilian footballer
- Vladimir Padwa (1900–1981), American pianist, composer, and educator
- Vladimer Papava, Georgian economist
- Vladimir Farrell, Montserratian football player
- Vladimir Socor, Romanian-American political analyst
- Vladimir Tismăneanu, Romanian-American political scientist
- Vladimir Voronin, former President of Moldova
- Vladimir Jankélévitch (1903–1985), French philosopher and musicologist
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