USAGE: Russian, Tatar, Bashkir, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Azerbaijani, Ossetian, Chechen, Ingush
OTHER SCRIPTS: Руслан (Russian, Tatar, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Chechen)
PRONOUNCED: roo-SLAHN (Russian) [key]
Meaning & History
Meaning unknown, probably of Turkic origin. Aleksandr Pushkin used this name in his poem 'Ruslan and Ludmila' (1820), which was based on Russian and Tatar folktales.