"great ruler, peaceful ruler, ruler of the world"

Vladimir Origin and Meaning

The name Vladimir is a boy's name of Slavic, Russian origin meaning "great ruler, peaceful ruler, ruler of the world".

Vladimir is a cultured and deep-rooted Slavic name associated in this country with cultural figures including piano virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz and the author of Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov.

The name Vladimir is rich in history, notably borne by Vladimir the Great, the 10th-11th century ruler of Kievan Rus' who brought Christianity to his nation and is now venerated as a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Among the name's other famous – or infamous – bearers are several Russian political figures past and present, including Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin and current Russian president Putin.

Volodymyr is the Ukrainian form of the name, recently made internationally famous by Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelenskyy following the Russian invasion of his country. Other variations of this name in other European countries include Valdemar and Waldemar. All derive from Slavic roots vladěti, meaning "to rule," plus meru "great" or miru, "peace" or "world." Common Slavic diminutive forms include Volodya, Vova, Vladan and Vlatko.

Long a common name throughout the Slavic world, Vladimir is featured in novels by Turgenev and Pushkin. Vladimir also has vampirish connections: Dracula is based on Vlad III, three-time ruler of Wallachia in the 15th century, otherwise known as Vlad the Impaler. A more modern literary character is Vladimir, one of the two main figures in Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot.

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Famous People Named Vladimir

  • Vladimir the GreatGrand Prince of Kiev
  • Vladimir Lenin (born Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov)Soviet leader
  • Vladimir Vladimirovich PutinPresident of Russia
  • Vladimir Vladimirovich NabokovRussian,American novelist
  • Vladimir Ivanovich OsenevSoviet stage, film and voice actor
  • Vladimir DucasseHaitian,American NFL football player
  • Vladimir Alvino GuerreroDominican baseball player
  • Vladimir Semyonovich VysotskyRussian singer,songwriter
  • Vladimir Borisovich KramnikRussian chess grandmaster
  • Vladimir Vladimirovich MayakovskyRussian poet and playwright
  • Vladimir Kozlov (born Oleg Aleksandrovich Prudius)Russian pro wrestler
  • Vladimir Mikhaylovich KomarovRussian Soviet test pilot
  • Vladimir Kosmich ZworykinRussian,American inventor, engineer, and TV pioneer
  • Vladimir "Wonta" MatovicSerbian singer & member of Elitni Odredi
  • Vladimir Restoin Roitfeldart dealer, son of former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld
  • Vladimir PrelogCroatian,Swiss chemist; winner of the Nobel Prize
  • Vladimir Nikolaevich KonstantinovRussian,American ice hockey player
  • Vladimir MaslennikovRussian sport shooter

Vladimir in Pop Culture

  • Vladimir Draculamain character on British TV series "Young Dracula"
  • Vladimir "Vlad" Masters/Plasmiusantagonist in animated series "Danny Phantom"
  • Dr. Vladimir "Vlad" Staincharacter in "Blood Stain"
  • Saint Vladimirnamesake of the school in the Vampire Academy series
  • Vladimiralso known as Prince Blueblood, character in "My Little Pony" series
  • Vladimirthe Crimson Reaper, a playable character in the MOBA game "League of Legends"
  • Vladimir Todprotagonist of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series written by Zac Brewer
  • Vladimira vampire in the French online visual novel Moonlight Lovers

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