Vladimír - Meaning of Vladimír
[ 3 syll. vla-dim&iacut-e;r ] The baby boy name Vladimír is pronounced as VLAED-iy-Mih-R or VLah-DIY-Mih-R †. Vladimír is largely used in the Czech, English, and Hungarian languages, and it is derived from Slavonic origins. It is derived from the elements 'volod' meaning rule + 'meri' great, famous + 'mir' peace. Volodimeri (Old Slavic) is an older form of Vladimír. The second element of the name is sometimes taken as 'mir', a re-interpretation of the original element 'meri' (meaning great, famous). The name was borne by the famous Saint Vladimir (958-1015), the grand prince of Kievan Russia who converted to Christianity and subsequently brought his country into the Christian Church. The name Vladimíra (Czech) is the female equivalent of Vladimír.
Vladimír has 17 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Vladamir, Vladi, Vladimir (used in Russian and Slavic too), and Vlady. The contraction Vlad (used in Russian too) is another English variant.
Foreign variants of Vladimír include Baldomero (Spanish), Vadim (Russian), Valdemar (Scandinavian), Vladimiro (Italian), Volodymyr (Russian), Waldemar (Dutch, German, and Scandinavian), Wladimir (German and Russian), and Wlodzimierz (Polish). Specific foreign variants include the diminutive forms Vladja (Russian), Volodya (Russian), Volya (Russian), and Vova (Russian).
See also the related form, Vladan (Slavic).
Vladimír is unusual as a baby name for boys. It is not listed in the top 1000 names.
† Pronunciation for Vladimír: V as in "vow (V.AW)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)"