Vladimir (name)


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Slavic given name Given names originating from the Slavic languages are most common in Slavic peoples, Slavic countries. The main types of Slavic names: * Two-basic names, often ending in mir/měr (''Volodiměr'', ''Ostroměr'', ''Tihoměr''), *volod (''Vsevolod'' ...
of Old Slavic origin, now widespread throughout all
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Slavic nations
(in different forms and spellings).


Old Russian Old East Slavic (traditionally also: Old Russian, be, старажытнаруская мова; russian: древнерусский язык; uk, давньоруська мова) was a language used during the 10th–15th centuries by East ...
form of the name is Володимѣръ ''Volodiměr'', the
Old Church Slavonic Old Church Slavonic or Old Slavonic () was the first Slavic literary language A literary language is the form of a language A language is a structured system of communication used by humans, including speech (spoken language), gestures (S ...
one ''Vladiměr''. According to
Max Vasmer Max Julius Friedrich Vasmer (; russian: Максимилиан Романович Фа́смер, translit=Maksimilian Romanovič Fásmer; 28 February 1886 – 30 November 1962) was a Russo-German German(s) may refer to: Common uses * of or r ...

Max Vasmer
, the name is composed of Slavic владь ''vladĭ'' "to rule" and ''*mēri'' "great", "famous" (related to
Gothic Gothic or Gothics may refer to: People and languages *Goths or Gothic people, the ethnonym of a group of East Germanic tribes **Gothic language, an extinct East Germanic language spoken by the Goths **Crimean Gothic, the Gothic language spoken by ...
element ''mērs'', ''-mir'', c.f. Theode''mir'', Vala''mir''). The modern ( pre-1918) Russian forms Владимиръ and Владиміръ are based on the Church Slavonic one, with the replacement of мѣръ by миръ or міръ resulting from a folk etymological association with миръ "peace" or міръ "world".
Max Vasmer Max Julius Friedrich Vasmer (; russian: Максимилиан Романович Фа́смер, translit=Maksimilian Romanovič Fásmer; 28 February 1886 – 30 November 1962) was a Russo-German German(s) may refer to: Common uses * of or r ...

Max Vasmer
, ''Etymological Dictionary of Russian Language'' s.v. "Владимир"
The post-1918
reformed Reform Reform ( lat, reformo) means the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory, etc. The use of the word in this way emerges in the late 18th century and is believed to originate from Christopher Wyvill's Association ...
spelling Владимир drops the final -ъ, but the (unetymological) spelling -миръ or -міръ predates the orthographic reform, indicating the folk etymological interpretation of the name as "world owner" or "peace owner".


An early record of this name was the name of
Vladimir-Rasate Vladimir-Rasate (, ) was the ruler of the First Bulgarian Empire The First Bulgarian Empire (Old Church Slavonic: блъгарьско цѣсарьствиѥ, ''blŭgarĭsko cěsarĭstvije'') was a Middle ages, medieval Bulgars, Bulgar-Early Sl ...
(died 893), ruler of
Bulgaria Bulgaria (; bg, България, Bǎlgariya), officially the Republic of Bulgaria ( bg, Република България, links=no, Republika Bǎlgariya, ), is a country in Southeast Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia ...

. Vladimir-Rasate was the second Bulgarian ruler following the
Christianization of Bulgaria The Christianization of Bulgaria was the process by which 9th-century medieval Bulgaria Christianization, converted to Christianity. It reflected the need of unity within the religiously divided Bulgarian state as well as the need for equal acc ...
and the introduction of Old Church Slavonic, Old South Slavic as the language of church and state. The name of his pre-Christian Krum's dynasty, dynastic predecessor, khan ''Malamir of Bulgaria, Malamir'' (r. 831–836), sometimes claimed as the first Bulgarian ruler with a Slavic name, already exhibits the (presumably Gothic) ''-mir'' suffix. The early occurrence of the name in the East Slavic culture comes with Vladimir the Great, Volodimer Sviatoslavich (Old East Slavic: Володимѣръ Свѧтославичь, "Vladimir the Great"), first Grand Prince of Kiev (r. 980–1015). Three successors of Vladimir the Great shared his given name: Vladimir II Monomakh (1053–1125), Vladimir III Mstislavich (1132–1173) and Vladimir IV Rurikovich (1187–1239). The town Volodymyr (city), Volodymyr in north-western Ukraine was founded by Vladimir and is named after him. The foundation of another town, Vladimir, Russia, Vladimir in Russia, is usually attributed to Vladimir Monomakh. However some researchers argue that it was also founded by Vladimir the Great. The veneration of Vladimir the Great as a saint of the Russian Orthodox Church gave rise to the replacement of the East Slavic form of his name with the Old Church Slavonic (Old Bulgarian) one. The immense importance of Vladimir the Great as national and Christianization of Kievan Rus', religious founder resulted in ''Vladimir'' becoming one of the most frequently-given Russian names.


The Slavic name survives in two traditions, the
Old Church Slavonic Old Church Slavonic or Old Slavonic () was the first Slavic literary language A literary language is the form of a language A language is a structured system of communication used by humans, including speech (spoken language), gestures (S ...
one using the vocalism ''Vladi-'' and the Old East Slavic one in the vocalism ''Volodi-''. The Old Church Slavonic form ''Vladimir'' (Владимир) is used in Russian language, Russian, Bulgarian language, Bulgarian, Serbian language, Serbian, Bosnian language, Bosnian, Montenegrin language, Montenegrin and Macedonian language, Macedonian, borrowed into Slovenian language, Slovenian, Croatian language, Croatian ''Vladimir'', Czech language, Czech and Slovak language, Slovak ''Vladimír''. The ''polnoglasie'' "-olo-" of Old East Slavic form ''Volodiměr'' (Володимѣръ) persists in the Ukrainian language, Ukrainian form Володимир ''Volodymyr (name), Volodymyr''. Historical diminutive forms: Vladimirko (Russian), Volodymyrko (Ukrainian). In Belarusian language, Belarusian the name is spelled ''Uladzimir (Uładzimir, Уладзімір)'' or ''Uladzimier (Uładzimier, Уладзімер)''. In Polish language, Polish, the name is spelled ''Włodzimierz (given name), Włodzimierz.'' In Russian, hypocorism, shortened and endeared versions of the name are Volodya (and variants with diminutive suffixes: Volod'ka, Volodyen'ka, etc.), Vova (and diminituves: Vovka, Vovochka, etc.), Vovchik, Vladik, Vovan. In West and South Slavic countries, other short versions are used: e.g., Vlade, Vlado, Vlada, Vladica, Vladko, Vlatko, Vlajko, Vladan, Władek, Wlodik and Włodek. The Germanic form, Waldemar or Woldemar (derived from the elements Wald (power, brightness) and Mar (famous), is sometimes traced to Valdemar I of Denmark (1131 – 1182) named after his Russian maternal grandfather, Vladimir II Monomakh.Ф.Б. Успенский
"ИМЯ И ВЛАСТЬ (Выбор имени как инструмент династической борьбы в средневековой Скандинавии)"
In: ''Фольклор и постфольклор: структура, типология, семиотика''

The Germanic name is reflected in Latvian Voldemārs and Finnic (Finnish language, Finnish and Estonian language, Estonian) ''Voldemar''. The Greek form is ''Vladimiros'' (Βλαδίμηρος). The name is most common in Greek Macedonia, Northern Greece especially among the Slavic speakers of Greek Macedonia. Diminutives of the name among these Slavic speakers are ''Vlade'' and ''Mire''.

People with the name


* Vladimir the Great, (958–1015) prince of Novgorod, grand Prince of Kiev, and ruler of Kievan Rus' * Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia (1847–1909) * Vladimir Kirillovich, Grand Duke of Russia (1917–1992) * Jovan Vladimir, (990–1016) King of Duklja * Vladimir of Bulgaria, (r.889–893) King of Bulgaria * Vladimir II Monomakh, (1053–1125) Veliky Knyaz of Kievan Rus, prince of Kiev; also ruled in Rostov and Suzdal *Vladimir the Bold (1353–1410), prince of Serpukhov, one of the principal commanders of Lithuanian–Muscovite War (1368–1372) and Battle of Kulikovo

Religious figures

*Vladimir Bogoyavlensky (1848–1918), bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan of Moscow and Kolomna between 1898–1912, Metropolitan bishop, Metropolitan of St. Petersburg and Ladoga between 1912–1915, and Metropolitan of Kiev and Gallich between 1915–1918 *Volodymyr Sabodan, Vladimir Sabodan (1935–2014), head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) (UOC-MP) from 1992 to 2014

Presidents and prime ministers

* Vladimir Kokovtsov, (1853–1943) Russian politician who served as the Prime Minister of Russia from 1911 to 1914 * Vladimir Lenin, (1870–1924) Russian revolutionary, politician, political theorist and communist, principal commander of October Revolution and Russian Civil War, leading perpetrator of the Red Terror mass killings, Premier of the Soviet Union, head of government of Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, founder and List of leaders of the Soviet Union, first leader (dictator) of Soviet Union * Vladimir Putin, (1952) former Prime Minister of Russia, prime minister and the current president of Russia, one of the principal commanders of War on Terror, International military intervention against ISIL, Syrian civil war, Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War, Insurgency in the North Caucasus, Russo-Ukrainian War, War in Donbas, Russo–Georgian War, and Second Chechen War * Vladimir Vasilyev (politician), Vladimir Vasilyev (born 1949), Russian politician and Head of the Republic of Dagestan, one of the principal commanders of Insurgency in the North Caucasus

Military leaders

*Vladimir Antonov-Ovseyenko (1883–1938), Ukrainian Bolshevik leader and diplomat, one of the principal commanders of October Revolution and Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War *Vladimir Boldyrev (born 1949), Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces, one of the principal commanders of Second Chechen War, Russo–Georgian War and Insurgency in the North Caucasus *Vladimir Chirkin (born 1955), Russian military officer and a former commander of Russian Ground Forces, one of the principal commanders of Insurgency in the North Caucasus *Vladimir Constantinescu (1895–1965), Romanian general in World War II *Vladimir Gittis, Soviet military commander and komkor, one of the principal commanders of Latvian War of Independence *Vladimir Shamanov (born 1957), retired Colonel General of the Military of Russia, Russian Armed Forces, who was Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Airborne Troops (VDV), one of the principal commanders of First Chechen War, First Nagorno-Karabakh War and Russo–Georgian War, the leading perpetrator of Alkhan-Yurt massacre * Vladimir Tributs, Soviet naval commander and admiral, one of the principal commanders of Eastern Front (World War II) * Vladimir Vol'skii, Russian revolutionary, one of the principal commanders of Russian Civil War

Intelligence officers

*Vladimir Dekanozov (1898–1953), Soviet senior state security operative and diplomat, deputy chief of GUGB *Vladimir Semichastny (1924–2001), Soviet politician, who served as Chairman of the KGB


*Vladimir Aksyonov (born 1935), former Soviet cosmonaut *Vladimir Dezhurov (born 1962), Russian former cosmonaut *Vladimir Dzhanibekov (born 1942), former cosmonaut *Vladimir Komarov (1927–1967), Soviet test pilot, aerospace engineer, and cosmonaut, commander of Voskhod 1, the first spaceflight to carry more than one crew member, solo pilot of Soyuz 1 and the first human to die in a space flight *Vladimir Kovalyonok (born 1942), retired Soviet cosmonaut *Vladimir Lyakhov (1941–2018), Ukrainian Soviet cosmonaut *Vladimír Remek (born 1948), Czech politician and diplomat and former cosmonaut and military pilot *Vladimir Shatalov (1927–2021), Soviet cosmonaut *Vladimir Solovyov (cosmonaut), Vladimir Solovyov (born 1946), former Soviet cosmonaut *Vladimir Georgiyevich Titov, Vladimir G. Titov (born 1947), retired Russian Air Force Colonel and former cosmonaut *Vladimir Vasyutin (1952–2002), Soviet cosmonaut


*Vladimir Ashkenazy (born 1937), internationally recognized solo pianist, chamber music performer and conductor *Vladimir Horowitz (1903–1989), Russian-American classical pianist and composer *Vladimir Andreyevich Komarov, Vladimir A. Komarov (born 1976), Russian musician, singer, songwriter, sound producer, DJ, and journalist *Vladimir Rosing (1890–1963), Russian-born American and English operatic tenor and stage director *Vladimir Vysotsky (1938–1980), Soviet singer-songwriter, poet, and actor


*Vladimir Makei, Belarusian politician who has served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus since 2012 *Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov, Vladimir D. Nabokov (1870–1922), Russian criminologist, journalist, and progressive statesman * Vladimir Terebilov (1916–2004), Soviet judge and politician *Vladimir Anatolyevich Yakovlev, Vladimir A. Yakovlev (born 1944), Russian politician and former governor of Saint Petersburg *Vladimir Veselica, Croatian politician and economist

Literary figures

*Vladimir Duthiers (born 1969), American journalist *Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893–1930), Soviet poet, playwright, artist, and actor *Vladimir Menshov (1939-2021), Soviet and Russian actor and filmmaker *Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977), Russian and American novelist, poet, translator and entomologist *Vladimir Oravsky (born 1947), Swedish author and film director *Vladimir Sorokin (born 1955), Russian writer and dramatist


*Vladimir Leontyevich Komarov, Vladimir L. Komarov (1869–1945), Russian botanist


*Vladimir Makovsky (1846–1920), Russian painter, art collector, and teacher


*Wladimir Balentien (born 1984), Curaçaoan-Dutch baseball player *Vladimir Guerrero (born 1975), Dominican baseball player *Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (born 1999), Canadian-Dominican baseball player *Wladimir Klitschko (born 1976), Ukrainian boxer *Vladimir Konstantinov (born 1967), Russian-American ice hockey player *Vladimir Kozlov (born 1979), Ukrainian-American producer and wrestler *Vladimir Obuchov (1935–2020), Soviet basketball coach *Vladimir Popov (weightlifter) (born 1977), Moldovan weightlifter *Vladimir Proskurin (1945–2020), Russian footballer *Vladimir Salkov (1937–2020), Russian footballer *Vladimir Sotnikov (born 2004), Russian Paralympic swimmer

See also

* *Slavic names *Waldemar (disambiguation) *Walter (name) *Vladislav


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