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Ruslan is most likely a name of Turkic origin meaning "lion". It's rather popular all over Russia and Caucasus. Among its cognates used mainly in Caucasus are Roslan, Arslan, Aslan.
fata morgana  12/4/2004
I've seen this name spelled Ryslan.
― Anonymous User  10/2/2005
Ruslan is the Russian variant of ARSLAN, meaning "lion", of Iranian or Iranic origin. "Arslan" and "Aslan" are common among Turkic and Mongolian peoples, who brought the name to the cultures of the Caucasus, Middle-East, the Eastern Europe, Manchuria and South Asia.
gokcealtinbas  5/5/2006
The feminine form of this name is Ruslana.
― Anonymous User  5/27/2006
Just a note on the origin/meaning. It's true that this name was used by Pushkin, but it wasn't invented by him. It comes from the word "rusiy", which refers to hair color. "Ruslan" means "fair-headed" or "blonde".
shiroi  7/27/2006
The name is not Russian. It is an old Persian name. Some archives date it from 5th century before JC. Many peopl think the name is Russian because of the famous Pushkin's poem "Rouslan and Lyudmila". Lot of people forgot that Pushkin is not a Russian - he has a Mauritanian origin and this explains why he used this Persian name.
The name Rouslan means "lion". This name is used mainly in Iraq, Iran, Tchechnya, Kazahztan - not in Russia!
rouslan  12/30/2007
Ruslan is a male name of Turkic origin. The meaning of it as "lion".

The name originates form the heroic Iranian epos about Rustam, son of Zalazar (poem of highly revered Persian poet Ferdowsi, (935–1020), "Shahnameh"). Later the character of this bogatyr was borrowed by Turkic peoples where Rustam Zalazar became Arslan Zalsar ("arslan" means "lion"), and then, in 17 century it ended up in Russian folklore as the already Russian bogatyr Eruslan Zalazarovich or Lazarevich.
nadia7  9/19/2008
From the Turkish name Arslan - meaning "a lion".
― Anonymous User  12/9/2008
Ruslan Salei is a professional hockey player.
― Anonymous User  4/6/2009
Ruslan means "Lion".
― Anonymous User  4/15/2009
The name has Turkic origin and means "Lion". Compare with Aslan from Narnia - it's Turkish word.
Canalha  6/28/2009
I prefer it pronounced "RUHS-len".
― Anonymous User  8/21/2009
I'm sorry but you are all wrong. I'm Turkish and I'm pretty sure that Ruslan has nothing to do with the Turkish word for lion 'Aslan'.
― Anonymous User  9/9/2009
It's possible that the name is a male form of "Rusalka", which is the ancient Slavic name for a female "water spirit".
angolmois  4/28/2013
Another Russian version of this name is Yeruslan which is derived from the Turkic (Tatar) Uruslan (Urslan) a variation of Arslan.

A hero from Russian mythology and, Arslan, as we know means "Lion" [noted -ed]
werefox444  3/11/2014
I like this name. It's not overused. In fact in most countries people are oblivious about it. Too bad.
Reenie_12  8/2/2014
The feminine form of this name is Ruslana. [noted -ed]
Shibbeh  10/5/2014
I am Ukrainian and I am Ruslan.
So, this name is not Turkish, nor Russian. It is a traditionally Ukrainian and, obviously, Slavic name. It means a specific color of hair, which was very common in people from Kievan Rus. They were Rusichans or Ruthens. And no, this have nothing with Russians. Russians were formed much, much later, they now call themselves Slavic only because they conquered Kievan Rus, which was in bad condition after many events. Before Petr I (18th century) Russia wasn't even called Russia. It was Moscowian Empire. And by the way, conquered Ukrainians was a perfect source for Russian Empire, because they were everywhere: in government, culture and they were serving for interests of Russia.
The name was forbidden after Russian Empire destroyed all she could destroy about Ukrainian, Ruthenian culture.
UkrBrig  1/21/2016
It's written as "Руслан" in Chechen. [noted -ed]
highexpectasians  2/3/2017
Famous bearers are Chechen-Russian politician Ruslan Khasbulatov and Chechen commander Ruslan Gelayev.
highexpectasians  2/3/2017
I kept my son's name as Ruslan. I asked a Muslim Religious man to find the meaning. He told me that it means 'Pick of the hill'.
knselina  4/30/2017
Ruslan Valeryevich Pimenov is a former Russian football player. He played mostly for Lokomotiv Moscow and then briefly for Alania Vladikavkaz. In 2005–2006 he played for FC Metz in France. In 2007, he transferred to Dynamo Moscow. However, Andrei Kobelev soon forbade Pimenov even to train with the team as the footballer lacked for fitness. Pimenov was released from his contract only in December 2009.
cutenose  5/25/2017
It's also a Circassian name and written as "Руслъан" in Adyghe and Kabardian.

Examples of Circassian bearers:
- (Ruslan Bartso)
- (Ruslan Nehay)
-Хаджебиёков, _Руслан_Гиссович (in Russian)
- (in Russian)
-Адыгэ_тренерхэр (in Kabardian; Ruslan Bagadyr and Ruslan Nadzhyko)
-КӀах_Адыгабзэ (in Adyghe; Ruslan Nakhae)
-Къуекъо_Налбый#cite_note-1 (Ruslan Mamiy).
highexpectasians  2/10/2018

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