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.
Other Languages & CulturesViachaslau(Belarusian) Ventseslav(Bulgarian) Višeslav(Croatian) Wenzel, Wenzeslaus(German) Wenceslaus, Wenceslas(History) Vencel(Hungarian) Venceslao(Italian) Veceslav, Venceslaus, Wenceslaus(Medieval Czech) Wacław, Więcesław(Polish) Veaceslav(Romanian) Vyacheslav, Slava(Russian) Višeslav(Serbian) Venceslás(Spanish) Vyacheslav(Ukrainian)
Depiction of Saint Václav by Adolf Zimmermann (1852)
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