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Gender: M Meaning of Vladimir: "renowned prince" Origin of Vladimir: Slavic

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Vladimir, which has a musical prodigy kind of vibe, is a cultured Russian name associated in this country with piano virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz and the author of Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov.

Vladimir is rich in history as well, being the name of the first Christian ruler of Russia, who became the patron saint of that country's Catholic church; Lenin, the founder of the USSR, and current President Putin.

A common name throughout Russia, Vladimir is featured in novels by Turgenev and Pushkin. Vladimir also has vampirish connections: Dracula is based on Vlad III, otherwise known as --oops--Vlad the Impaler. A more modern literary character is Vladimir, one of the two main figures in Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot.

Famous People Named Vladimir

Vladimir Putin, current Russian president
Vladimir Ducasse, American football player
Vladimir "Wonta" Matovic, Serbian singer & member of Elitni Odredi
Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, art dealer, son of former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld

Pop Culture References for the Name Vladimir

Vladimir Dracula, main character in BBC children's program Young Dracula

Saint Vladimir, a long-dead saint and schools namesake from Vampire Academy book series and movie.

Bladimir, Dimka, Vimka, Vlad, Vladamir, Vladi, Vladik, Vladimar, Vladimeer, Vladimer, Vladimere, Vladimire, Vladimyr, Vladjimir, Vladka, Vladko, Vladlen, Vladmir, Vlady, Vladya, Volodimir, Volodya, Volya, Vova, Wladimyr, Wladunir

Vladimir's International Variations

Vladimír (Czech) Wlodzimirez (Polish) Waldemar, Valdemar (Scandinavian)