GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: VAL-də-mar (German), val-DE-mar (Polish)   [details]

Meaning & History

Germanic derivative of the Slavic name VLADIMIR (or perhaps a cognate composed of the Germanic elements wald "rule" and meri "famous"). It was introduced into Scandinavia by the 12th-century Danish king Waldemar (or Valdemar) who was named after a royal ancestor of his Ukrainian mother.


fame, kings, royalty, The Sopranos characters
VARIANTS: Valdemar (Swedish), Valdemar (Norwegian), Valdemar (Danish)
DIMINUTIVE: Waldek (Polish)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Waldomar (Ancient Germanic), Valdimárr (Ancient Scandinavian), Wealdmær (Anglo-Saxon), Uladzimir (Belarusian), Vladimir, Vlado (Bulgarian), Vladimir, Vlado, Vlatko (Croatian), Vladimír, Vladan (Czech), Valdemar, Valto (Finnish), Vladimer, Lado (Georgian), Vladimirs, Voldemārs, Valdis (Latvian), Valdemaras, Vladimiras, Valdas, Voldemaras (Lithuanian), Vladimir, Vlado, Vlatko (Macedonian), Vladilen, Vladimir, Vladlen, Volodya, Vova (Russian), Vladimir, Vladan, Vlado, Vlatko (Serbian), Vladimír, Vladan, Vlado (Slovak), Vladimir, Vlado (Slovene), Volodymyr, Wolodymyr (Ukrainian)