Given Name VÁCLAV

GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: Czech, Slovak

Meaning & History

Contracted form of the older name Veceslav, from the Slavic elements veche "more" and slava "glory". Saint Václav (known as Wenceslas in English) was a 10th-century duke of Bohemia murdered by his brother. He is the patron saint of the Czech Republic. This was also the name of several Bohemian kings.
VARIANT: Věnceslav (Czech)
DIMINUTIVE: Vašek (Czech)
FEMININE FORMS: Václava, Vendula (Czech)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Ventseslav (Bulgarian), Wenzel, Wenzeslaus (German), Wenceslas, Wenceslaus (History), Vencel (Hungarian), Venceslao (Italian), Veceslav, Venceslaus (Medieval Czech), Wacław, Więcesław (Polish), Veaceslav (Romanian), Vyacheslav, Slava (Russian), Venceslás (Spanish), Vyacheslav (Ukrainian)


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Entry updated December 3, 2014