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Meaning & History

From the Greek name Βασιλειος (Basileios) which was derived from βασιλευς (basileus) meaning "king". Saint Basil the Great was a 4th-century bishop of Caesarea and one of the fathers of the early Christian church. Due to him, the name (in various spellings) has come into general use in the Christian world, being especially popular among Eastern Christians. It was also borne by two Byzantine emperors.
DiminutivesBaz, Bazza
Other Languages & CulturesVasil Albanian Basileios, Basilius Ancient Greek Vasil, Vasko Bulgarian Pasi Finnish Basile French Vasil, Vaso Georgian Vasileios, Vasilios, Vasilis, Vassilis Greek Basilio Italian Vasil, Vasko Macedonian Bazyli Polish Vasile, Vasilică Romanian Vasili, Vasiliy, Vasily, Vassily, Vaska, Vasya Russian Vasilije, Vaso Serbian Basilio Spanish Vasyl, Wasyl Ukrainian
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