Old Slavic names and their meaning
In our age, educated parents are paying more and more attention to Old Slavonic names, giving them to their children. Thus, they return to the original Russian traditions that have existed in Russia since ancient times in the nickname.
Old names in new time
The new sound in the modern world is acquired by the names Vsevolod and Milan, Mstislav and Darin. Such a lively interest of modern residents to rare, not used for a long time Old Slavic names is not surprising. In search of a name for their child, parents seek to make it original and unusual. In addition, they want the baby’s name to be sonorous and poetic. In addition to the above, modern parents do not forget about the content, the semantics of the name.
Slavs used to give children names with meaning. In this case, the name must have had only positive energy. Old Slavic names meet all these requirements. The Russian man is intuitively understandable their meaning, and the beauty with which they sound will not leave anyone indifferent.Old Slavic names (male and female) today are considered by many parents as the best names for their children.
The name determines the fate of a person. It serves as the key to his inner world. The ancient Slavic tribes adhered to the tradition of double naming, which was based on the belief in the mystical connection of the name and the person to whom it was given. It is no coincidence that in Russia a man had two names: one was false for everyone, and the other secret for himself and his closest friends. Names were supposed to serve as protection against evil spirits and bad people. Often, the first false Slavic name was purposefully unattractive (Malice, Kryv, Byaka, Nekras, Likho).
It was believed that the name - the key to the person, and not knowing the essence of the individual, it is much harder to cause harm. The rite of secondary naming was performed upon reaching adolescence, when all the main character traits were already formed, and it is already possible to judge which of them have become predominant. Based on these traits, the name was given.
Meaning of ancient Slavic names
Let us analyze the Old Slavic names and their meanings.
In their meaning, the Old Slavonic names are conditionally divided into several groups:
- Names that repeat the names of various representatives of flora and fauna (Raven, Eagle, Walnut). Nowadays such names are not used.
- Old Slavonic names reflecting various human traits. For example, Veselin can mean “cheerful,” and the name Brave means “courageous”; Dobroby means "loving and kind." In the modern world just the names of this group are widely distributed.
- Names relating to various mythical characters. These were mostly the names of ancient Slavic deities. So, Lada - Slavic goddess of love, Yarilo - Slavic god of the sun.
- Interesting Old Slavic names that indicate how in order a child was born in a family. The logic was completely simple. The first son received the name of Pervush, the second son was called Vtorak, the third - the Tretyak, and so on.
For a more detailed study of the Slavic names and their meanings, we suggest reading the following lists.
Names of men
Old Slavic names of boys and their meaning:
- Bazhan. It means "desired child."
- Belogov. It means "enlightened."
- Borislav.It is believed that this is interpreted as "fighting for fame."
- Vsevolod. The interpretation of this name is “knowing all”.
- Luchezar. Means "radiant, glowing."
- Radimir. The meaning of the name is “rejoicing the world, caring for the world”.
- Svyatopolk. So "commanded the holy regiment."
- Troyan Matters "third".
- Chadomir. Derived from two words: "peace" and "child".
- Yarema Explained as "bearing yoke".
Names of women
Old Slavic female names and their meanings:
- Bogdana means “given by God himself”;
- Vera. It means "faithful";
- Dalina. Means "far";
- Christmas tree. The name comes from the name of the tree - spruce;
- Zlata It is treated as "gold color";
- Lana It means "sweetheart";
- Lyubina. It is derived from the word "love";
- Milada It is treated as "honey";
- Stanislav. Meaning "holy glory";
- Yuna. Derived from the word "young."
Two-basic Slavic names and their meaning
One of the largest groups of Slavic names is names with two bases. Until the era of Christianity began, the names of this group were most prevalent.
The set of names used by the Slavs, made up of 2 bases. For example, the name Lyubomir is considered to be derived from two words - “to love” and “peace”, and Bohuslav - derived from “glory” and “god”.It sounds very nice and the name has an absolutely clear meaning. It is thanks to this that Slavic names in our time received a second life, becoming very popular among contemporaries. Most often, these names refer to children who were born in Poland, Ukraine, Serbia, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.
These names are divided into two subgroups. The main group consists of two basic names (Tihomir, Svyatoslav, Ratibor, Dobrozhir, Gostomysl, Yaropolk, Velimudr, Vsevolod, Bogdan, Lyubomila, Dobrogneva), and the second group contains names derived from the names of the main group (Dobrynya, Svyatosh, Ratish, Tishilo , Yarilka, Putyata, Miloneg).
History of Slavic names
Without a doubt, a significant part of cultural life and the formation of folk traditions is connected with the names of people. In Russia, with the advent of Christianity, the Old Slavic names were almost completely forgotten. There were even lists of Old Slavic names that were banned by the Christian church. The reasons for what is happening to guess quite easily. Some of the names (Yarilo, Lada) were the names of the ancient Slavic gods. Some of them were a group of people who, after the baptism of Russia, tried to help restore the Old Slavonic cult and traditions.
Today in Russia, Slavic names are not in fashion. They call only 5% of babies born. This makes poorer Russian culture. Although the ancient Slavic names (male) are without a doubt truly Russian.
Of great importance is the promotion of Slavic names. People are trying to save the old Slavic female names, a complete list of which can be found in special editions.
Some of the names are very popular. Let's talk about two of them.
Meaning of the name Bogdan
Bogdan often becomes the late and only boy, the fruit of long expectations. Parents, sometimes regardless of their desire, are so called those children who were born after great anxieties and fears. In infancy, Bogdan is prone to colds. In this case, the mother, concerned about the health of her son, does not refuse him anything.
The father’s role in upbringing is hardly felt. The child becomes attached to the mother, jealous of almost everyone. He lacks sociability, so he does not agree very well with his peers. During his school years, Bogdan is friends with the children of authority with his comrades who are able to stand up for him. Subject grades are not very good.Despite the presence of abilities, natural laziness interferes with which Bogdan is inclined. True, over time laziness dulled.
In adulthood, Bogdan is a calm man with good self-esteem. He seeks to work well in life, make a career. A man is able to reach heights in a particular specialty that does not require improvisation.
In the family, Bogdan wants to be the indisputable leader. Wives he likes submissive, allowing him to show their power. Such categoricalness is manifested not only in relations with his wife, but also in communication with colleagues and acquaintances. After going through alcohol, Bogdan can get involved in a dispute for any reason, without listening to the arguments of his opponent. At the same time, he has many traits that make him a good husband. For example, he shows perseverance in the search for additional earnings, being economical in expenses. Bogdan likes to spend money only on rest for the whole family.
Meaning of the name Radmila
Parents continue to pick up Old Slavic names for girls. Radmila is one of the most popular names. It combines 2 words: joyful and sweet.Despite the fact that the girl has a calm character, you should not leave her alone. Because of her developed fantasy, it is not easy to predict what will come to her mind when she is left to herself.
Predisposed to colds and other infectious diseases. Absolutely afraid of dogs. Regardless of the size of the animals, he boldly approaches and strokes them.
Radmila asks adults a lot of various, sometimes non-child questions that are capable of confusing. He is happy to communicate with strangers, because parents sometimes tire of answering numerous questions. Sociability Radmila keeps for life. Radmila does not always feel pleasure when she is in the center of another's attention. Powerfulness is inherent in her, but this trait makes her a potential leader.