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Meaning"rule"+"fame"; "famous ruler", "brightness"+"fame"; "bright and famous"
Other names
Alternative spellingValdemar, Waldomar, Waldek
Variant form(s)Valdamarr, Voldemārs, Voldemar, Woldemar
Related namesVladimir
See alsoRobert (name with a similar meaning)

Waldemar is an Old High German given name. It consists of the elements wald- "rule", "brightness" and -mar "fame".

The name is considered the equivalent of the Slavic name Vladimir.

The Old Norse form Valdamarr (also Valdarr) occurs in the Guðrúnarkviða II as the name of a king of the Danes. The Old Norse form is also used in Heimskringla, in the story of Harald Hardrada, as the name of a ruler of Holmgard (Veliky Novgorod), in this case as a translation of the Slavic name Volodimer.[1] The Fagrskinna kings' sagas also have Valdamarr as the translation of Slavic Volodimer/Vladimir, in reference to both Vladimir the Great and Vladimir Yaroslavovich. The German form was introduced to Scandinavia as Valdemar in the 12th century, with king Valdemar I of Denmark.

It may refer to:


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  1. ^ H. Munro Chadwick, Nora K. Chadwick, The Growth of Literature, Cambridge University Press (2010), p. 118. Alison Finlay, Fagrskinna: A Catalogue of the Kings of Norway Brill (2004), p. 236.