Bogdan or Bohdan is a Slavic masculine name that also appears in Romania and the Republic of Moldova. It is derived from the Slavic words "Bog/Boh", meaning "god", and "dan", meaning "given". The name appears to be an early calque from Byzantine Theodotus (Theodosius) with the same meaning. The name is also used as a surname.
Bogdan I the Founder (Romanian: Bogdan Intemeietorul) was the third or fourth voivode of Moldavia (c. 1363 - c. 1367). He and his successors established the independence of Moldavia, freeing the territory east of the Carpathian Mountains of Hungarian and Tatar domination.
His contribution to the constitution of the autonomous Moldavian state, ignored by the Slavo-Romanian chronicles, is reflected by the name of Kara-Bogdan attributed by the Turks to Moldavia. Ottoman Turkish references to Moldavia included Bogdan Iflak (meaning "Bogdan's Wallachia") and Bogdan (and occasionally Kara-Bogdan - "Black Bogdania")
Bogdan II (1409 - ÃÂ1451) was the Prince of Moldavia between October 12, 1449 and October 17, 1451, when he was assassinated by PetruAron. The assassination put Moldavia into a civil war which lasted until his son Stephen gained the Moldavian throne in 1457.
Bogdan III the One-Eyed (Romanian: Bogdan al III-lea cel Chior) or Bogdan III the Blind (Romanian: Bogdan al III-lea cel Orb) (1470/1471 - April 20, 1517) Voivode of Moldavia from July 2, 1504 to 1517.
The House of Bogdan, commonly referred to as the House of Mushat, was the ruling family which established the Principality of Moldova with Bogdan I (c. 1363 - 1367), giving the country its first line of Princes, one closely related with the Basarab rulers of Wallachia by several marriages through time. The Mushatins are named after Margareta Mushata who married Costea, a son of Bogdan I. For a long time it has been though that Mushata was a daughter of Bogdan I and Costea was a member of House of Basarab who bore the name Mushat, all speculations unsupported by any documents.
The word "musat", which gives the dynasty its name, means handsome in old Romanian.