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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.
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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