Gender Masculine
Usage Polish
Pronounced Pron. baw-LEH-swaf
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Meaning & History

Derived from the Slavic elements bolye "more, greater" and slava "glory". This was the name of kings of Poland, starting in the 11th century with the first Polish king Bolesław the Brave.

Related Names

DiminutiveBolek
Feminine FormBolesława
Other Languages & CulturesBoleslav(Czech) Boleslav(Russian)

Popularity

Name Days

Poland: August 19

Images

Bolesław the Brave in a 1771 painting by Marcello BacciarelliBolesław the Brave in a 1771 painting by Marcello Bacciarelli

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Entry updated April 25, 2021