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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.
VariantVěnceslav Czech
DiminutiveVašek Czech
Feminine FormsVáclava, Vendula Czech
Other Languages & CulturesVentseslav 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


Depiction of Saint Václav by Adolf Zimmermann (1852)Depiction of Saint Václav by Adolf Zimmermann (1852)


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Entry updated December 3, 2014   Contribute