Gender Masculine
Scripts Владимир(Russian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Macedonian)
Pronounced Pron. vlu-DYEE-myir(Russian)
VLA-dee-meer(Serbian, Croatian)

Meaning & History

Derived from the Slavic element vladeti "rule" combined with meru "great, famous". The second element has also been associated with miru meaning "peace, world". This was the name of an 11th-century grand prince of Kiev who is venerated as a saint because of his efforts to Christianize his realm (Kievan Rus). It was also borne by the founder of the former Soviet state, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924).

Related Names

DiminutivesVolodya, Vova(Russian) Vladan, Vlado, Vlatko(Serbian) Vlado, Vlatko(Croatian) Vlado(Bulgarian) Vlado, Vlatko(Macedonian) Vlado(Slovene)
Feminine FormsVladana(Serbian) Vladimira, Lada, Vlatka(Croatian) Vladimira(Slovene)
Other Languages & CulturesWaldomar(Ancient Germanic) Valdimárr(Ancient Scandinavian) Uladzimir(Belarusian) Vladimír, Vladan(Czech) Valdemar, Waldemar(Danish) Valdemar, Valto(Finnish) Vladimer, Lado(Georgian) Waldemar(German) Vladimirs, Voldemārs, Valdis(Latvian) Valdemaras, Vladimiras, Valdas, Vladas, Voldemaras(Lithuanian) Waldemar(Norwegian) Waldemar, Włodzimierz, Waldek, Włodek(Polish) Vladimír, Vladan, Vlado(Slovak) Valdemar, Waldemar(Swedish) Volodymyr, Wolodymyr(Ukrainian)
Same SpellingVladimír



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People think this name is

classic   mature   formal   upper class   devious   strong   strange   complex   serious  

Name Days

Bulgaria: July 15
Croatia: May 31
Croatia: December 6
Croatia: December 19
France: July 15


Sources & References

  1. Goldschmidt, Paul. A Dictionary of Period Russian Names, available from

Entry updated February 4, 2020