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.