Waldemar, Valdemar or Woldemar is an
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given name. It consists of the elements ''wald-'' "power", "brightness" and ''-mar'' "fame". The name is considered the equivalent of the Slavic name
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Volodymyr Volodymyr ( uk, Володи́мир, Volodýmyr, , orv, Володимѣръ) is a Ukrainian given name of Old East Slavic origin. The related Ancient Slavic, such as Czech, Russian, Serbian, Croatian, etc. form of the name, Володимѣръ ...
Uladzimir Uladzimir ( be, Уладзімір) is a given name. It is the Belarusian equivalent of Vladimir (russian: Владимир), Volodymyr ( ua, Володимир), and Włodzimierz (Polish). The name may refer to: * Vladimir Ignatik, Belarusian p ...
or Włodzimierz. The
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form ''Valdamarr'' (also ''Valdarr'') occurs in the
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as the name of a king of the Danes. The Old Norse form is also used in
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, in the story of
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, as the name of a ruler of Holmgard (Veliky Novgorod), in this case as a translation of the Slavic name ''Volodimer''.Alison Finlay (2004). ''Fagrskinna: A Catalogue of the Kings of Norway''. Brill
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The ''Fagrskinna'' kings' sagas also have ''Valdamarr'' as the translation of Slavic ''Volodimer''/''Vladimir'', in reference to both Vladimir the Great and Vladimir Yaroslavovich. The German form was introduced to Scandinavia as ''Valdemar'' in the 12th century, with king Valdemar I of Denmark.

People with the name


*Valdemar I of Denmark or Waldemar the Great (1131–1182), King of Denmark, one of the principal commanders of Battle of Verchen and Battle of Grathe Heath *Valdemar II of Denmark or Waldemar the Victorious (1170–1241), king of Denmark, one of the principal commanders of Livonian Crusade *Valdemar the Young (1209–1231) *Valdemar III of Denmark (1314–1364) *Waldemar I, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst (died 1368) *Waldemar II, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst (died 1371) *Valdemar IV of Denmark or ''Waldemar Otherday'' (c. 1320–1375) *Waldemar III, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst (died 1391) *Valdemar, King of Sweden (1239–1302) *Valdemar, Duke of Finland (c. 1282 – 1318) *Valdemar of Denmark (bishop) (1157/1158–1235 or 1236) *Prince Valdemar of Denmark (1858–1939) *Waldemar, Margrave of Brandenburg-Stendal or Waldemar the Great (c.1280–1319) *Prince Waldemar of Prussia (1868–1879), Prince Joachim Friedrich Ernst Waldemar of Prussia (1868-1879), son of Emperor Frederick III *Prince Waldemar of Prussia (1889–1945), Prince Waldemar William Louis Frederick Victor of Prussia (1889-1945), son of Prince Henry and nephew of the previous *Prince Waldemar of Schaumburg-Lippe (1940–2020), son of Prince Christian of Schaumburg-Lippe (1898–1974), Prince Christian of Schaumburg-Lippe and Princess Feodora of Denmark, and the great-grandson of King Frederick VIII of Denmark *Woldemar, Prince of Lippe (1824–1895)


* Valdemar Costa Neto (born 1949), Brazilian politician * Valdemar Poulsen (1869-1942), Danish inventor * Woldemar Bargiel (1828-1897), German composer * Waldemar Baszanowski (1935-2011), Polish weightlifter * Waldemar Bonsels (1880-1952), German writer * S. Waldy, Waldemar Caerel Hunter (1919-1968), Indonesian actor * Waldemar Christofer Brøgger (geologist) (1851-1940), Norwegian geologist * Waldemar Christofer Brøgger (writer) (1911-1991), Norwegian writer * Waldemar Levy Cardoso (1900-2009), field Marshal of the Brazilian Army * Waldemar Cierpinski (born 1950), East German athlete * Waldemar Erfurth (1879-1971), German general * Waldemar Haffkine (1860-1930), Ukrainian bacteriologist * Woldemar Hägglund (1893-1963), Finnish major General during World War II, one of the principal commanders of Battle of Kollaa * Waldemar Hansteen (1857-1921), Norwegian architect * Waldemar Hoven (1903–1948), German Nazi physician involved in Aktion T4, Nazi euthanasia programs, executed for war crimes * Waldemar Hvoslef (1825-1906), Norwegian Lutheran bishop. * Waldemar Januszczak (born 1956), British art critic * Woldemar Kernig (1840-1917), Russian and Baltic German internist and neurologist whose medical discoveries saved thousands of people with meningitis * Waldemar Klingelhöfer (1900-1980), German Nazi SS-Sturmbannführer (Major) and convicted war criminal * Waldemar Kophamel (1880-1934), German U-boat commanding officer in the Imperial German Navy during World War I * Waldemar Legień (born 1963), Polish judoka * Waldemar Lemos (born 1954), Brazilian football (soccer) manager *Waldemar Lindgren (1860-1939), Swedish-American geologist, one of the founders of modern economic geology *Ulrich Friedrich Woldemar von Löwendal, Woldemar von Löwendal (1700-1755), German military officer and one of the principal commanders of Battle of Fontenoy *Waldemar Łysiak (born 1944), Polish writer *Waldemar Maciszewski (1927-1956), Polish pianist and composer *Waldemar Matuška (1932-2009), Czechoslovak singer *Waldemar Milewicz (1956-2004), Polish journalist *Waldemar Olszewski (born 1931), Polish lymphologist *Waldemar Pabst (1880-1970), German soldier and political activist, one of the principal commanders of German Revolution of 1918–1919 *Waldemar Pawlak (born 1959), Polish politician *Waldemar Prusik (born 1961), Polish footballer *Waldemar Sorychta (born 1967), German heavy metal musician and record producer *Waldemar Starosta (born 1961), Polish politician *Waldemar Thrane (1790-1828), Norwegian composer, violinist and conductor *Waldemar Verner (1914-1982), chief of the People's Navy (Volksmarine) of the National People's Army of the German Democratic Republic *Waldemar Victorino (born 1952), Uruguayan football player *Woldemar Voigt (1850-1919), German physician *Waldemar Witkowski (born 1953), Polish politician *Waldemar Wilenius (1868-1940), Finnish architect *Waldemar Young (1878-1938), American screenwriter

See also

*Valdemar (disambiguation) *List of Danish monarchs *List of Swedish monarchs


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