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

Meaning & History

Derived from the Slavic element vladeti meaning "rule" combined with meru meaning "great, famous". The second element has also been associated with miru meaning "peace, world". This was the name of a 9th-century ruler of Bulgaria. It was also borne by an 11th-century grand prince of Kyiv, Vladimir the Great, who is venerated as a saint because of his efforts to Christianize his realm. Other notable bearers include the revolutionary and first leader of the Soviet state Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), and the Russian president and prime minister Vladimir Putin (1952-).

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 & CulturesUladzimir(Belarusian) Vladimír, Vladan(Czech) Valdemar(Danish) Valdemar, Valto(Finnish) Vladimer, Lado(Georgian) Vladimirs, Voldemārs, Valdis(Latvian) Valdemaras, Vladimiras, Valdas, Vladas, Voldemaras(Lithuanian) Valdimárr(Old Norse) Włodzimierz, Włodek(Polish) Vladimír, Vladan, Vlado(Slovak) Valdemar(Swedish) Volodymyr, Wolodymyr(Ukrainian)
Same SpellingVladimír


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


Icon depicting Saint VladimirIcon depicting Saint Vladimir


Sources & References

  1. Goldschmidt, Paul. A Dictionary of Period Russian Names, available from
Entry updated June 9, 2023