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Subject: Slavic names that I would love some help with, no matter how little.
Author: Dorchadas   (Authenticated as Lucille)
Date: May 24, 2012 at 5:29:56 PM
Hello everyone,

There are a couple of Slavic male first names that I find quite interesting, but which unfortunately are not (yet) featured in BtN's main database or even the Submitted Names Database. I also checked the message archive for the Name Facts Message Board, and it appears that in all of this website's existence, the names in question have never been mentioned. Fortunately, there is a first time for everything - and for these names, that's today. ;-)

A list of the names can be found below. For each name, I have tried to provide as much information as possible. I would definitely love it if someone here could provide additional information about (some of) the names - even the tiniest little bit of information would be appreciated. Thank you very much in advance for your time and effort! :-D


- Čučimir (Чучимир) - Archaic Serbian male name that seems to be not in use nowadays. I have no idea what the first element may have been derived from, but the second element is obviously derived from either Slavic mir "peace" or Slavic mer "great, famous." A bearer of this name was Čučimir Belojević, a member of a Serbian noble family from the 10th century AD.

- Dudimir or Dudmir or Dudomir - Archaic Croatian male name. The first element is possibly derived from Proto-Slavic duda "(bag)pipe, whistle, flute", but of that I am not certain. The second element is obviously derived from either Slavic mir "peace" or Slavic mer "great, famous."

- Igromir - Apparently a Croatian male name. I suppose it is derived from Croatian igra "play, game" or igrati "to play" combined with Slavic mir "peace" or Slavic mer "great, famous". Is this correct? Also: is this even a real name? I can't find proof of real persons with this name on Google, be they living or dead. Same goes for the name Igroslav, by the way, which has the same first element.

- Jadimir or Jadomir: This is said to be an archaic Serbo-Croatian male first name, although I could find no evidence of the name having been borne by Croats or Serbians, be they living or alive. All I could find, was at least one living Bulgarian man with the name of Jadomir. The first element may possibly have been derived from Serbo-Croatian hjeti "to want, to wish, to will", which is ultimately derived from Proto-Slavic xъtěti "to want, to wish, to desire". I am not certain of that, however. The second element is obviously derived from either Slavic mir "peace" or Slavic mer "great, famous." It may perhaps also help to look at (or search for) Jadislav or Jadoslav, which has the same first element.

- Jdamir or Jdimir - Supposedly an archaic Slavic male first name. One source states that it means "he who everyone expects" or "he who everyone waits for", but since I have found nothing to support that, I am doubtful about that. Is this (or was it ever) even a real first name?

- Jiromir - Supposedly an archaic Slavic male first name. One source states that it means "he who lives in peace and wealth", but since I have found nothing to support that, I am doubtful about that. Is this (or was it ever) even a real first name?

- Jitomir - Supposedly an archaic Slavic male first name. One source states that it means "he who lives for people", but since I have found nothing to support that, I am doubtful about that. Is this (or was it ever) even a real first name?

- Jiznomir - Supposedly an archaic Slavic male first name. One source states that it means "he who lives in peace", but since I have found nothing to support that, I am doubtful about that. Is this (or was it ever) even a real first name?

- Kočapar (Кочапар) - Archaic Serbian male name that seems to be not in use nowadays. I have no idea what it means, but I certainly think it looks like an interesting name. A bearer of this name was Kočapar Branislavljević, a Serbian prince from the 12th century AD.

- Kuromir (Куромир) - Apparently a Serbian male name, which is extremely rare at the moment (I could find only a handful of contemporary bearers on Facebook and Google). The first element may possibly have been derived from Proto-Slavic kura meaning "chicken, hen", but of that I am not certain. The second element is obviously derived from either Slavic mir "peace" or Slavic mer "great, famous."

- Prelimir (Прелимир) - Archaic Serbo-Croatian male name. The first element is possibly derived from the Serbo-Croatian noun prelaz or prijelaz meaning "crossing, passage", but I don't know that for certain. The second element is obviously derived from either Slavic mir "peace" or Slavic mer "great, famous."

- Rozmir or Rozomir (Розмір/Розомір) - Serbian male name that seems to be rare at the moment. I have no idea what the first element may have been derived from, but the second element is obviously derived from either Slavic mir "peace" or Slavic mer "great, famous."

- Selimir (Селимир) - Croatian and Serbian male first name that is pretty rare at the moment. One source gives the name's meaning as "rural earth", while another source says it means "he who populates the world". With those possible meanings in mind, I found e.g. Croatian seljački and Czech selský, both of which mean "rural, rustic." I also found Croatian naseliti "to populate" and Croatian seliti "to migrate". All those verbs contain -sel-, so there may indeed be some truth in one (or both) of the meanings provided. I would definitely like to hear more information that backs up or dismisses those meanings (in the case of the latter, I would certainly be interested to know what the correct meaning is, then).

- Tosimir (Тосимир) - I am not sure whether this name is legitimate (since it is hard to find information about it), but if it is, it is probably of Serbian origin. I have no idea what the first element may have been derived from, but the second element is obviously derived from either Slavic mir "peace" or Slavic mer "great, famous."

"How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on... when in your heart you begin to understand... there is no going back? There are some things that time cannot mend... some hurts that go too deep... that have taken hold." ~ Frodo Baggins

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