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

The name Vladimir is a boy's name of Slavic, Russian origin meaning "renowned prince". Vladimir and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Ruler or Royal and discussed in our forums with posts like "Themed Families..".

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Vladimir, which has a musical prodigy kind of vibe, is a cultured Russian name associated in this country with political strongman Vladimir Putin, 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.

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Famous People Named Vladimir

Vladimir the Great, Grand Prince of Kiev
Vladimir Lenin (born Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov), Soviet leader
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, President of Russia
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov, Russian-American novelist
Vladimir Ivanovich Osenev, Soviet stage, film and voice actor
Vladimir Ducasse, Haitian-American NFL football player
Vladimir Alvino Guerrero, Dominican baseball player
Vladimir Semyonovich Vysotsky, Russian singer-songwriter
Vladimir Borisovich Kramnik, Russian chess grandmaster
Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky, Russian poet and playwright
Vladimir Kozlov (born Oleg Aleksandrovich Prudius), Russian pro wrestler
Vladimir Mikhaylovich Komarov, Russian Soviet test pilot
Vladimir Kosmich Zworykin, Russian-American inventor, engineer, and TV pioneer
Vladimir "Wonta" Matovic, Serbian singer & member of Elitni Odredi
Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, art dealer, son of former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld
Vladimir Prelog, Croatian-Swiss chemist; winner of the Nobel Prize
Vladimir Nikolaevich Konstantinov, Russian-American ice hockey player
Vladimir Maslennikov, Russian sport shooter

Pop Culture References for the name Vladimir

Vladimir Dracula, main character on British TV series "Young Dracula"
Vladimir "Vlad" Masters/Plasmius, antagonist in animated series "Danny Phantom"
Dr. Vladimir "Vlad" Stain, character in "Blood Stain"
Saint Vladimir, namesake of the school in the Vampire Academy series
Vladimir, also known as Prince Blueblood, character in "My Little Pony" series

Vladimir's International Variations

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


eve Says:


it actually vlad-AAAAaaaaaAAAAAAHHHHHHAAAAHHHHA-meer. with stress on the screaming

QuxxnAphrosephone Says:


In Russian, there's no "ih" or "a"'s "ee" and "ah".
So, it should be pronounced vlah-DEE-meer

indiefendi2 Says:


amberdaydream took the words out of my mouth. vlah DEE meer is how you say it, there's no "ih" soft i sound in Russian. The news butcher this name on a daily basis via Putin (which is pu TEEN, btw)

amberdaydream Says:


In Russia it's pronounced vlah-DEE-meer with stress on the middle syllable, whereas in English-speaking countries it is more likely to be pronounced VLA-di-meer with the stress on the first syllable. Volodya is a common nickname for Vladimir in Russia.