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105 Awesome Slavic Names for Boys

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These Slavic boy names are rich in history, meaning, and personality.

Slavic boy names contain a rich history of culture, tradition, and unbreakable mythology that permeates daily life. Influences often come from Slavic traditions and ancient Hebrew, Arabic, Greek, or Roman culture. With dozens of name variations and multiple meanings, you can get lost in the world of Slavic names for boys without a compass.

This super-organized list will help you find your way through the different names, their most famous namesakes, pronunciation, and much more. Check out the best Slavic male names for your little Balkan king below.


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105 Powerful Slavic Names for Boys

Find the manliest Slavic boy names to impress your little boy.

Aleksandr

Aleksandr is the Eastern European version of Alexander. It is used most in Russia and Armenia. Aleksandr has many variations, so you’ve got plenty to choose from when you give your little helper boy a name.

  • Origin: Slavic, Greek
  • Meaning: Defending man
  • Pronunciation: AEL-ehks-AEN-der
  • Variations: Alexsander, Alexzander, Aleksandar, Alesander, Alessander, Alexander
  • Namesakes: Aleksandr Davidovich, a Russian Paralympic skier participating in the 2014 Winter Paralympics. Aleksandr Kogan, a Moldovan-American scientist who developed the app collecting data from 80 million Facebook users.
  • Popularity: Aleksandr is the 41st most common name worldwide, with the most usage in Russia and Ukraine.
Common, Formal

Alexei

Alexei is rooted in the Greek Aléxios and the Latin Alexius. You could use the Alexei spelling, or Aleksey, or much more. There are so many variations that differ by one letter. Which Alexei will your little boy be?

  • Origin: Slavic, Greek, Latin
  • Meaning: Defender
  • Pronunciation: Aah-LEHK-ziy
  • Variations: Alexey, Alexie, Aleksei, Aleksey
  • Namesakes: Alexei Andreyevich Cherepanov, a Russian ice hockey winger who played for the Kontinental Hockey League. Alexei Anatolievich Navalny, a Russian opposition leader, lawyer, and activist.
  • Popularity: In 2014, less than 40,000 people were named Alexei, but ranked 49th in Moldova.
Informal, Traditional

Anatoli

There is a region called Anatolia constituting the majority of Turkey, which might be one reason Anatoli means “the east.” Anatoli is an informal version of an old-world name that could make your little boy seem a bit more royal.

  • Origin: Slavic, Greek
  • Meaning: Sunrise
  • Pronunciation: AH-naa-TOWL-iy
  • Variations: Anatoly, Anatoliy
  • Namesakes: Anatoli Vasilievich Firsov, a Russian ice hockey left-wing and center who competed for the USSR. Anatoli Alekseyevich Ivanishin, a Russian cosmonaut who first visited the International Space Station in 2011.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 20,665 people were named Anatoli, while Anatoly is the 5,262nd most common name worldwide.
Vintage, Unique

Andrzej

Andrzej is the Polish spelling of Andrew, which originated from the Greek word for “man.” This solid, strong name could work for your first little boy or your second or third.

  • Origin: Slavic, Greek
  • Meaning: Man
  • Pronunciation: AHND-zhay
  • Variations: Andrew, Andreas
  • Namesakes: Andrzej Sebastian Duda, the Polish President since 2015. Andrzej Witold Wajda, a Polish film and theater director and prominent member of the Polish Film School.
  • Popularity: Andrzej is the 1,394 most popular name worldwide, mostly used in Poland.
Unusual, Strong

Anton

Anton is derived from the Latin surname Antonius and its meaning “praiseworthy.” Shower your baby boy with this straightforward, popular name.

  • Origin: Slavic, Greek, Latin
  • Meaning: Praiseworthy, priceless, flower
  • Pronunciation: AAN-taon
  • Variations: Antony, Anthony, Antonio
  • Namesakes: Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, a Russian playwright considered one of the greatest writers in the world. Anton Glasnović, a Croatian sports shooter who reached the final at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
  • Popularity: Anton is the 292nd most popular name worldwide and is ranked 32nd in Russia.
Traditional, Common

Antonijo

Antonijo is the Croatian and Slovenian spelling of Antonio, and uses everything from Anton to Tonći as a nickname. This beautiful classic name with an unusual spelling might be the perfect combination for the little boy in your life.

  • Origin: Croatian, Greek, Latin
  • Meaning: Priceless, flower
  • Pronunciation: Ahn-TOH-ni-Yo
  • Variations: Anton, Antun, Antonio
  • Namesakes: Antonijo Ježinaa, a Croatian footballer playing for Osijek as a goalkeeper. Antonijo Zupan, a Croatian footballer who played in the Croatian First Football League.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 571 people were named Antonijo worldwide, with the most occurrences in Croatia.
Traditional, Unique

Arman

Arman has the word “man” in it, indicating many kinds of men, from “army” man and “honorable” man to “poor” man and simply “man.” Arman is a unisex name that can bring the strength of the Slavic past to your little boy today.

  • Origin: Slavic, Germanic, Persian
  • Meaning: Wish, hope, honorable man
  • Pronunciation: AAR-maen
  • Variations: Armand, Armani
  • Namesakes: Arman, a French painter best known for his Accumulations exhibit and the destruction/recomposition of objects. Arman Manaryan, an Iranian-born Armenian film director.
  • Popularity: Arman is the 2,716th most common name worldwide, and is ranked 19th in Armenia.
Unusual, Strong

Arseni

Arseni is a Russian name derived from Arsenius. Arsenius the Great (one of the Roman “Desert Fathers”) influenced the study of contemplative life. Contemplative or strong, your little guy may love this cool, powerful name.

  • Origin: Slavic, Greek, Latin
  • Meaning: Virile, strong
  • Pronunciation: AAR-siy-Niy
  • Variations: Arseny, Arseniy
  • Namesakes: Arseni Comas Julià, a Spanish footballer who participated in the 1979 World Youth Championship. Arseni Markov, a Russian-Canadian ice dancer who won the 2004 and 2005 Canadian national bronze medals.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 1,474 people were named Arseni worldwide, with the most Arseni’s in Indonesia.
Strong, Informal

Artemi

Artemi is a Russian name initially indicating a follower of Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt, wilderness, wild animals, and the moon. Artemi is a manly name, also cute for the little hunter boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Slavic, Greek
  • Meaning: Healthy, strong, thriving, bright, shiny
  • Pronunciation: Aar-TEH-miy
  • Variations: Artyom, Artem
  • Namesakes: In 2014, 791 people were named Artemi, with the most usage in Georgia.
  • Popularity: Artemi Sergeyevich Panarin, a Russian ice hockey winger for the New York Rangers of the NHL.
Vintage

Blagoje

Blagoje is rooted in Serbia and dates back to the Middle Ages. This lesser-known Medieval name has all the sweetest meanings attached to it for the sweet guy in your life.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Blessed one, pleasant, mild
  • Pronunciation: BLAH-gow-Yay
  • Variations: Blagoy, Blagoya, Blagoj
  • Namesakes: Blagoje Bersa, a Croatian classical musical composer. Blagoje Vidinić, a Macedonian-Serbian football coach, player, and Olympic participant.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 13,692 people were named Blagoje worldwide, and ranked 154th in Serbia.
Vintage, Rare
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Bogdan

Bogdan is one of those old Slavic names for boys that combines two words: “bog,” meaning “God,” and “dan,” meaning “gift.” You can give Bogdan to the little boy you know whom you consider your gift from God.

  • Origin: Slavic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God’s gift
  • Pronunciation: BAOG-daan
  • Variations: Bohdan, Bogdi
  • Namesakes: Bogdan Bogdanović, a Serbian basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. Bogdan Lalic, a Croatian chess grandmaster with an unbeaten streak of 155 games.
  • Popularity: Bogdan is the 2,608th most common name worldwide, with the most usage in Romania.
Traditional, Unique

Boris

Boris was first recorded for the Bulgarian Prince Boris in the 9th-century, who adopted Christianity in AD 864. The meaning is “small,” but also “battle glory.” Boris is relatively popular worldwide, so your charming little Boris would fit right in.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Small, battle glory, fight
  • Pronunciation: BOWR-ihs
  • Variations: Borys, Barys, Borrys
  • Namesakes: William Henry Pratt (stage name Boris Karloff), an English actor who starred as Frankenstein’s monster in the horror film Frankenstein. Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, the British Prime Minister of the UK.
  • Popularity: Boris is the 1,882nd most popular name worldwide, and ranked 114th in Russia.
Common, Traditional

Boško

Bosko means “gift from God,” while the surname Boško came from the Balkan word “bosu,” meaning “barefoot.” Lighthearted or deep, this uncommon name will make life more interesting for your gorgeous boy.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Gift of God
  • Pronunciation: BOSCH-Ko
  • Variations: Božidar, Bošhko
  • Namesakes: Boško Abramović, a Serbian chess grandmaster on the national team. Boško Balaban, a Croatian footballer striker for the national football team.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 2,865 people were named Bosko worldwide, with the most usage in India.
Religious, Unique

Bozo

Bozo is an informal nickname for Božidar, which is much easier to pronounce. Unlike the English “BOH-zo” pronunciation, Bozo is pronounced BO-zho. If you’re looking for that super-unique name for your little guy, Bozo could be it!

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Divine gift
  • Pronunciation: BO-zho
  • Variations: Božidar
  • Namesakes: Božidar “Božo” Janković, a Yugoslavian football player with FK Željezničar. Božo Škerlj, a Slovene anthropologist, author of eleven books, and over 200 scientific articles.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 1,900 people were named Bozo worldwide, with the most occurrences in Germany.
Informal, Vintage

Branko

Branko is a South Slavic nickname for Branislav. Branko is a strong name with all the “protector” and “defender” meanings of classic Slavic male names. Your little Branko will likely be the #1 strong guy in your life.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Protection, glory
  • Pronunciation: BRAEN-gkow
  • Variations: Branislav, Branimir
  • Namesakes: Branko Lustig, a Croatian film producer who won Academy Awards for Best Picture for Schindler’s List and Gladiator. Aleksije “Branko” Radičević, a Serbian poet who wrote during the Romanticism period.
  • Popularity: Branko is the 8,797th most common name worldwide, with the most usage in Serbia and Croatia.
Informal, Unique

Danil

Danil is the central Asian and Russian version of the classic Hebrew name Daniel. Despite the lofty meaning, Danil feels like the modern name of a cool, sexy, smart guy. Your special boy will make the best example of this awesome name.

  • Origin: Slavic, Turkish, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is my judge, the creator’s gift
  • Pronunciation: DAE-niyel
  • Variations: Dannil, Daniel, Daniel, Daniil, Daniele
  • Namesakes: Danil Bugakov, a former Uzbek swimmer who won two medals at the Asian Swimming Championships in 2006. Danil Mamayev, a Russian ice hockey defenceman who played in the Kazakhstan Hockey Championship.
  • Popularity: Danil is the 1,536th most popular name worldwide, with the most usage in Russia.
Common, Traditional

Darijo

Darijo is a rare Croatian spelling of the more common Dario. Dario originates from the Latin Darius, which stands for “wealth” and being “kingly.” Since it is not common, Darijo could be the special version of this ancient name for your little king to enjoy.

  • Origin: Croatian, Latin, Greek
  • Meaning: To possess, wealthy, kingly
  • Pronunciation: DAR-ee-Yo
  • Variations: Darius, Dario
  • Namesakes: Darijo Biščan, a Croatian football striker who plays for Annabichler SV in the Austrian League. Darijo Srna, a Croatian professional footballer and current director of football in the Ukrainian Premier League.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 1,525 people were named Darijo worldwide and ranked in the top 500 in Croatia.
Rare

Darko

Darko is a South Slavic name dating back to the 14th-century. Outside of Serbo-Croatian culture, Darko is uncommon so you might enjoy one of the only Darko’s around.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Gift
  • Pronunciation: DAARK-ow
  • Variations: Dark, Darke, Darkoe, Darkow, Darkowe
  • Namesakes: Darko Bratina, a Slovenian-Italian sociologist, film theorist, and politician who served as a member of the Italian Senate. Darko Macan, a Croatian comics, science-fiction, and fantasy writer and illustrator.
  • Popularity: Darko is ranked 13,228th worldwide and #26 in Croatia.
Vintage, Traditional

Davor

Davor originally referred to the prehistoric Slavic god of war, who was the equivalent to the god Mars. It can mean both “joy” and “sorrow.” Davor embraces both sides and will be the perfect cloak for your little god to wear.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Battle/war song, joy, sorrow
  • Pronunciation: DAAV-aoer
  • Namesakes: Davor Badrov, a Bosnian-Croat folk singer. Davor Džalto, a Bosnian-Herzegovinian artist, art historian, theologian, and philosopher.
  • Popularity: Davor is the 30,735th most popular name worldwide and ranked 49th in Croatia.
Vintage, Unusual

Demyan

Demyan is a Russian and Ukrainian version of the Greek Damian. There was a Syrian St. Damian who was a 4th-century martyr and patron saint of physicians. Demyan is a great way to let your little boy know how great a doctor can be.

  • Origin: Russian, Slavic, Greek
  • Meaning: To tame, subdue
  • Pronunciation: DEHM-yahn
  • Variations: Damien, Damian, Demjan, Damyan
  • Namesakes: Yefim Alekseevich Pridvorov (known by the pen name Demyan Bedny), a Soviet Russian poet, Bolshevik, and satirist.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 3,918 people were named Demyan, with the most occurrences in Russia.
Traditional, Unique
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Dmitri

Dmitri is a Russian name that refers to any follower of Demeter, the ancient goddess of fertility and farming. This earthy Slav name will keep things organic for the baby boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Slavic, Greek
  • Meaning: Earth lover
  • Pronunciation: Deh-MIY-triy
  • Variations: Dmitriy, Dmitre, Dmitry
  • Namesakes: Dmitri Dell Young, an American baseball player with 13 seasons in the MLB. Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia, a first cousin of Tsar Nicholas II and part of the assassination attempt of Rasputin.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 26,919 people were named Dmitri worldwide, while Dmitry is the 920th most popular name worldwide.
Informal, Vintage

Dmitrik

Dmitrik is rooted in the Greek name Demetrius, pointing to followers of the goddess Demeter. Dmitrik is extremely rare, not chosen as much as Dmitri or Dmitry. This earthy boy’s name could be the only Dmitrik around for miles.

  • Origin: Slavic, Greek
  • Meaning: Follower of Demeter
  • Pronunciation: Dee-MAY-trihk
  • Variations: Dmitri, Dmitry, Dmitre
  • Popularity: In 2014, 28 people were named Dmitrik worldwide, with the most usage in Russia.
Vintage, Unusual

Dobroslav

Dobroslav breaks down into two elements: “dobro,” meaning “good,” and “slav,” meaning “glory” or “fame.” The best Slavs are meant for this name, so give Dobroslav to the best little guy you know.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Good, glory, fame
  • Pronunciation: DOH-brah-slaav
  • Variations: Dobroslawa, Dobrosav
  • Namesakes: Dobroslav Chrobák, a Slovak writer who worked at Czechoslovak Radio. Jonatán Dobroslav Čipka, a Slovak priest, poet and author.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 1,591 people were named Dobroslav worldwide, with the most usage in the Czech Republic.
Formal

Dragan

Not all Slavic male names point to power and glory. Dragan might sound like a warlord’s name, but it means “dear” and “beloved.” The meanings here allow this badass name to bring with it a gentle aura for the baby boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Dear, beloved
  • Pronunciation: DRAA-gahn
  • Variations: Dragomir, Dragon
  • Namesakes: Dragan Đilas, the Serbian mayor of Belgrade from 2008 to 2013. Dragan Kojić (known as Keba), a Gipsy, Serbian, and former Yugoslavian folk singer.
  • Popularity: Dragan is the 4,826th most common name worldwide and ranked #1 in Serbia.
Vintage, Traditional

Duje

Duje is an informal version of the Latin dominus, a title given to Roman emperors after Emperor Augustus. Duje is quite rare outside of Croatia, but its “lordly” simplicity will fit nicely for the cute royal boy in your life.

  • Origin: Slavic, Latin
  • Meaning: Sovereign, lord, patron, organizer
  • Pronunciation: DOO-yeh
  • Variations: Dujko, Dujo
  • Namesakes: Duje Draganja, a Croatian swimmer who won the silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Duje Ćaleta-Car, a Croatian footballer who played for Ligue 1 club Marseille and the Croatia national team.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 2,072 people were named Duje worldwide and ranked 521st in Croatia.
Informal, Unusual

Efim

Efim is a Russian variation of the ancient Greek Euthymios. The Greek and Latin Euthymius pointed to orthodox or saintly individuals. Whether he’s a saint or not, your little boy could rock the name Efim like no other.

  • Origin: Russian, Slavic
  • Meaning: Well-famed
  • Pronunciation: Eh-FUHM
  • Variations: Yefim
  • Namesakes: Efim Samoilovich Fradkin, a Russian physicist,awarded the USSR State Prize in 1953. Efim Jourist, a Russian and German composer, accordionist, and bajan player.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 24,475 people were named Efim worldwide, with the most occurrences in Russia and Israel.
Rare, Unusual

Elmir

Elmir is used in Slavic cultures but is also tied to old English and Scandinavian origins. Meaning “noble,” Elmir is an old-world name that might fit your new-world boy.

  • Origin: Slavic, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Noble, famous
  • Pronunciation: EHL-mihr
  • Variations: Elmyr, Elmer
  • Namesakes: Elmir Jukić, a Bosnian film director and screenwriter most known for the sitcom Lud, Zbunjen, Normalan. Elmir Alimzhanov, a Kazakhstani fencer who ranked 11th in the 2012 Olympics.
  • Popularity: Elmir is the 36,730th most popular name worldwide, with the most usage in Azerbaijan.
Vintage, Unusual

Emil

Emil was born out of the Latin Aemilius from the surname Aemilia, one of the noblest families of ancient Rome. Their highfalutin reputation stayed attached to this special name. Use Emil to bring some nobility to your baby boy’s life.

  • Origin: Slavic, Germanic, Latin
  • Meaning: Strive, rival, excel
  • Pronunciation: EH-miyl
  • Variations: Emile
  • Namesakes: Emil Constantinescu, the President of Romania from 1996 to 2000. Emil Grigoryevich Gilels, a Ukrainian-Soviet pianist and one of the greatest classical pianists of all time.
  • Popularity: Emil is the 2,749th most popular name worldwide and has the most usage in Germany and Russia.
Unique

Ēriks

Ēriiks is widely used in Latvia and Russia, but has Old Norse origins. Ēriks is an unusual version of the more popular Eric or Erik. Will the baby boy you’re expecting be an eternal ruler? Naming him Ēriks won’t hurt his chances anyway.

  • Origin: Slavic, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Eternal ruler
  • Pronunciation: EHR-ihks
  • Variations: Eric, Erik, Erek, Eirik, Erek, Errik, Erich, Erric, Errick
  • Namesakes: Ēriks Ešenvalds, a Latvian composer who was Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. Ēriks Ševčenko, a Latvian ice hockey player for Metallurg Novokuznetsk of the Supreme Hockey League.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 6,517 people were named Ēriks worldwide, with the most usage in Latvia.
Strong, Vintage

Evgeny

Evgeny is the Russian form of the somewhat popular name Eugene, which came from the Greek for “well-born” or being of good stock. You can pass this honor down to your little Evgeny with this unique, vintage name.

  • Origin: Russian, Slavic, Greek
  • Meaning: Noble
  • Pronunciation: EHV-jh-yeh-Niy
  • Variations: Evgeni, Evgeniy
  • Namesakes: Evgeny Igorevich Kissin, a Russian concert pianist and composer who performed works from the Romantic era. Evgeny Shtembuliak, a Ukrainian chess player and Grandmaster in 2019.
  • Popularity: Evgeny is the 1,262nd most common name worldwide, with the most occurrences in Russia.
Traditional, Unusual
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Fedor

Fedor is a Slavic version of Theodore, which dates back to the ancient Greek Theodoros, which also means “gift of God.” Give this divine name to your little boy in your life and watch him grow.

  • Origin: Slavic, Greek
  • Meaning: Gift of God
  • Pronunciation: Feh-DAOR
  • Variations: Fjodor, Foder, Fodor, Feodor, Fyodor
  • Namesakes: Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko, a Russian heavyweight MMA fighter for the Rizin Fighting Federation. Fedor Fedotov, a Russian actor known for Silver Skates and Sherlock: The Russian Chronicles.
  • Popularity: Fedor is the 4,878th most popular name worldwide and ranked 68th in Ukraine.
Informal, Religious

Filip

Filip is a Dutch and Slavic version of Philip, emanating from the old greek Philippos. Filip is uniquely personal with its meaning, “lover of horses.” You can give your new sweet boy this beautiful, sensitive name to stand out from the crowd.

  • Origin: Slavic, Greek
  • Meaning: Loves horses
  • Pronunciation: FIY-LiyP
  • Variations: Philippe, Phillip, Philip, Philipe, Felipe
  • Namesakes: Filip Zubčić, a Croatian alpine ski racer who has competed in two Winter Olympics. Filip Barović, a Montenegrin basketball player for Budućnost VOLI of the Montenegrin League.
  • Popularity: Filip is the 4,998th most popular name worldwide, with the most usage in Poland.
Unique, Formal

Franjo

Franjo is a Croatian variation of Franko, which arose from the Medieval Franciscus. Franjo indicated someone “of the Franks,” or French. He may not be French, but your Franjo will have this freedom-loving name to make his own.

  • Origin: Slavic, Latin, Germanic
  • Meaning: Free, Frenchman
  • Pronunciation: FRAH-niyow
  • Variations: Franko, Frank, Franc, Franio, Francis
  • Namesakes: Franjo Tuđman, the first President of Croatia after the breakdown of the former Yugoslavia. Ivan Franjo Jukić, a Bosnian writer, Franciscan friar, and one of the founders of Bosnian modernism.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 38,653 people were named Franjo worldwide, and ranked 22nd in Croatia.
Traditional, Strong

Gabrijel

Gabrijel is a Serbo-Croatian version of Gabriel, which dates back to ancient Hebrew as an archangel in the Bible. This unique spelling of a recognized name may give Gabrijel wings for the little angel in your life.

  • Origin: Slavic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is my strength
  • Pronunciation: GAH-bree-Yell
  • Variations: Gabriel, Cebrail, Gavrel, Gavrail, Gavril
  • Namesakes: Gabrijel Radić, a Serbian volleyball player for NIS Vojvodina Novi Sad. Gabrijel Savić Ra, a Serbian multimedia artist, based in Belgrade.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 2,016 people were named Gabrijel worldwide, with the most occurrences in Croatia and Slovenia.
Religious, Formal

Gedeon

Gedeon, also known as Gideon, was a military leader and prophet, recorded in the Book of Judges in the Bible, known as a man of great faith. Gedeon isn’t around much these days name-wise, so you can have this unique, powerful reminder of a man for the baby boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Slavic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Hewer, one who cuts down
  • Pronunciation: GEH-diy-Ahn
  • Variations: Gideon, Gedion
  • Namesakes: Thomas Gédéon Naudet (and brother Jules Clément Naudet), French-American filmmakers capturing the only clear footage of the first jet in the 9/11 attacks.
  • Popularity: Gedeon is the 11,732nd most common name worldwide and ranked #281 in DR Congo.
Traditional, Unusual

Georgi

While Georgi is a Russian form of George, the root word dates back to ancient Greek for “farmer” or “one who tills the soil.” You can cloak your little boy with this earthiest of Slavic boy names and watch him grow.

  • Origin: Russian, Slavic, Greek
  • Meaning: Farmer
  • Pronunciation: GYAOR-jhiy
  • Variations: Georg, Georgiy, Georgy, Gheorghe
  • Namesakes: Georgi Ivanov Markov, a Bulgarian dissident writer who later worked for the BBC World Service. Georgi Ivanovich Orlov, a Russian-Estonian physician, politician, and member of the Riigikogu from 1938-1940.
  • Popularity: Georgi is the 5,647th most common name worldwide and #1 in Bulgaria.
Informal, Traditional

Goran

Goran is a traditional Slavic name for a “mountain man,” not to be confused with the Swedish Göran, the Scandinavian version of George. This mountain man’s moniker can be all yours for the tough little boy in your life.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Highlander, mountain man
  • Pronunciation: GAOR-aen
  • Variations: Goren, Gorran
  • Namesakes: Goran Višnjić, a Croatian-American actor known as Dr. Luka Kovač in ER. Goran Bogdanović, the Serbian Minister for Kosovo and Metohija from 2008 to 2012.
  • Popularity: Goran is the 7,135th most popular name worldwide and ranked 6th in Serbia.
Strong, Traditional

Grigor

Grigor is a Russian spelling of the popular name Gregory. One of the most famous was Gregory the Illuminator, the original head of the Armenian Apostolic Church. This holy name can help bless the little boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Russian, Slavic
  • Meaning: On the watch, vigilant
  • Pronunciation: GRIHG-aor
  • Variations: Gregory, Gregor, Gregary, Grgur, Grigori
  • Namesakes: Grigor Artsruni, an Armenian journalist, critic, writer, and public activist, who published the Mshak magazine. Grigorije “Grigor” Vitez, a Yugoslav writer and translator of children’s poetry and literature.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 20,791 people were named Grigor, and ranked 51st in Armenia.
Inspiring, Unique

Gustav

Gustav intermingles Slavic traditions with Germanic and Scandinavian ones. While many Swedish kings have used Gustav, it is also widely used throughout Europe. Your Gustav could reign supreme as the kid with the coolest name ever.

  • Origin: Slavic, Germanic
  • Meaning: God’s staff, famous guest
  • Pronunciation: GUW-staaf
  • Variations: Gustave, Gustaf, Gustavus, Gustus, Gus
  • Namesakes: Count Gustav Siegmund Kálnoky, an Austro-Hungarian diplomat and statesman. Gustav Elijah Åhr (known as Lil Peep), a Swedish-American rapper, singer, and songwriter, in mo-style rap and rock music.
  • Popularity: Gustav is the 11,212nd most popular name worldwide, while Gustave is ranked 7,582nd worldwide.
Traditional, Formal

Hedeon

Hedeon is a Russian version of the Hebrew Gideon, which appeared in the Book of Judges in the Bible. The specific “feller of trees” meaning makes this pastoral name a rare gem you can give to the baby boy in your life.

  • Origin: Russian, Slavic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Who cuts down, feller of trees
  • Pronunciation: Heh-DEY-aan
  • Variations: Gideon
  • Namesakes: Hedeon (Hryhorii) Balaban (also Gedeon Bałaban), the Ukrainian bishop of Lviv from 1569 to 1607.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 29 people were named Hedeon worldwide, with 19 from Ukraine.
Vintage, Rare
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Igor

Igor is a Belarusian name that’s more common lately, not only due to its long history but also because of its reputation as a manly name. Igor came from the Old Norse Ingvar, so it does double-duty as the strong, powerful name for the little Igor you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Belarusian, Slavic, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Warrior
  • Pronunciation: Ee-gaor
  • Variations: Ingvar, Inger, Ivor
  • Namesakes: Igor Olegovich Shestyorkin, a Russian ice hockey goaltender for the New York Rangers of the NHL. Igor Matovič, a Slovak politician and current Minister of Finance.
  • Popularity: Igor is the 302nd most common name worldwide, with the most usage in Russia.
Traditional, Common

Ilari

Ilari is a unique version of the Latin Hilarius. St. Hilary was a figure from Gaul (now France) whose name also meant “happy” or “cheerful.” You can bestow this old-world smile on your little boy and enjoy the results.

  • Origin: Russian, Greek, Latin
  • Meaning: Cheerful
  • Pronunciation: IH-laa-Riy
  • Variations: Illari, Ilir, Ilario
  • Namesakes: Ilari Sahamies (also known as Ziigmund), a Finnish poker player appearing on the TV shows High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 2,481 people were named Ilari worldwide, with the most usage in Finland.
Unique, Informal

Ilija

Ilija is a South Slavic version of the traditional Biblical Elijah. With its religious meaning and unique sound, Ilija could be the divine name you’ve been looking for to give your newest treasure.

  • Origin: Slavic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: My God is the lord
  • Pronunciation: IHLY-aah
  • Variations: Ilya, Illya, Ilia, Iliya, Ilya
  • Namesakes: Ilija Bašičević, a Serbian painter of Serbian outsider art. Ilija Lončarević, a Croatian football manager for the club Inter Zaprešić.
  • Popularity: Ilija is the 13,826th most popular name worldwide and ranked 73rd in Serbia.
Religious

Ivan

The very popular Slavic Ivan is rooted in ancient Greek Ioannes. Ivan is the Slavic variation on the super common John, Ian, or Johan/Jan. You can have an extra-special version of John in your little boy’s name.

  • Origin: Slavic, Greek
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Pronunciation: Iy-VAAN
  • Variations: Ivano, Iwan, Ivo, Ivica
  • Namesakes: Ivan IV Vasilyevich (known as Ivan the Terrible), the first Tsar of Russia. Ivan Reitman, a Czechoslovak-born Canadian film and television director, producer, and screenwriter of comedies.
  • Popularity: Ivan is the 101st most common name worldwide and ranked 2nd in Bulgaria and Croatia.
Inspiring, Common

Jaka

Jaka is the Slovenian form of Jakob or James, but can also mean “gentleman” in Indonesian. You can have your pick of meanings, but this short, snappy name may perfectly enchant the little boy in your life once it’s his.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Supplanter
  • Pronunciation: YAH-kaa
  • Variations: Jaša
  • Namesakes: Jaka Ankerst, a Slovenian ice hockey player and member of the Slovenia national ice hockey team. Jaka Železnikar, a Slovenian artist, known for his computational poetry and internet art.
  • Popularity: Jaka is the 17,413th most popular name worldwide, with the most occurrences in Indonesia. Jaka ranks 96th in Slovenia.
Unique, Unusual

Jakov

Jakov is the Serbo-Croatian spelling of the old Hebrew Jacob, also used in Dutch, English, German, and Scandinavian cultures. Jakov is pronounced with the “J” as a “Y” so it has a more Slavic feel for the little angel in your life.

  • Origin: Slavic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: May God protect, he who supplants
  • Pronunciation: YAA-Kaav
  • Variations: Iakov, Jacob, Jakob, Jakub, Yaaqov, Yacov
  • Namesakes: Jakov Gotovac, a Croatian classical music composer and conductor best known for the opera Ero the Joker. Jakov Vladovic, a Croatian basketball coach and player with victories in the Adriatic League, Croatian League and Croatian Cups.
  • Popularity: Jakov is the 6,620th most popular name worldwide, with the most usage in Germany.
Traditional, Vintage

Jeramie

Jeremie is the Russian version of the Hebrew Jeremy, known as the “weeping prophet” in the Bible. The inspiring history of Jeramie and the unusual spelling make this a special name for your boy to enjoy.

  • Origin: Russian, Slavic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God will uplift
  • Pronunciation: YEH-raa-Miy
  • Variations: Jeromy, Jeremie, Jeramy, Jeramey, Jeramee
  • Popularity: In 2014, 7,362 people were named Jeramie worldwide, with the most occurrences in the Philippines.
Inspiring, Religious

Josef

Josef is the Slavic variation of Joseph, one of the most important figures in the Bible. Josef’s meaning is one of endless strength and faith from above, so it will properly adorn the baby boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Slavic, Greek, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God will give, he will add
  • Pronunciation: YOW-zehf
  • Variations: Joseph, Josyf, Jozef, József, Juzef
  • Namesakes: Josef Strauss, an Austrian classical music composer. Josef Duchoslav, a Czech ice hockey player in the Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League.
  • Popularity: Josef is the 644th most common name worldwide, ranked 26th in Germany.
Traditional, Strong

Kamil

Kamil might have originated from Camillus, a Roman family name with possible Etruscan origins. Kamil is also a Turkish name that may have made its way into Slavic culture. Your Kamil will enjoy a long history when he receives it.

  • Origin: Slavic, Latin
  • Meaning: Perfection, perfect
  • Pronunciation: KAM-ihl
  • Variations: Kamill
  • Namesakes: Kamil Hornoch, a Czech astronomer who discovered dozens of novae in nearby galaxies. Kamil Ahmet Çörekçi, a Turkish footballer playing for Süper Lig club Hatayspor.
  • Popularity: Kamil is the 1,856th most popular name worldwide and ranked 39th in Poland.
Unusual, Vintage

Karlen

Karlen is a Latvian and Russian version of the classic Carl. Despite its feminine connotations, Karlen is a very cute variation of a very traditional Germanic name. Your little boy will rock Karlen all his own.

  • Origin: Slavic, Scandinavian, Germanic
  • Meaning: Womanly strength, son of Karl
  • Pronunciation: KAAR-lahn
  • Variations: Carlen, Carlan
  • Namesakes: Karlen Varzhapetyan, a Soviet-Armenian director of television plays and Honored Artist of the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 6,638 people were named Karlen, ranking 138th in Armenia.
Vintage, Unusual
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Karol

Karol is a Polish version of Charles or Carl. Karol is overwhelmingly used as a Polish and Slovak boys’ name, but you too can enjoy this interesting variation. Karol and “freedom” go together well, so take advantage of the little Karol you’re bound to adore.

  • Origin: Polish, Slavic
  • Meaning: Free man, strong
  • Pronunciation: KAA-raol
  • Variations: Carl, Karolus, Karel
  • Namesakes: Pope John Paul II (born Karol Józef Wojtyła), the Polish head of the Catholic Church and pope from 1978-2005. Karol Karlík, a Slovak footballer for MFK Skalica.
  • Popularity: Karol is the 3,802nd most popular name worldwide, ranked 55th in Poland and 42nd in Slovakia.
Inspiring

Kesar

Kesar is a uniquely Russian take on the Latin Caesar, which was used as the title for Roman emperors after the death of Julius Caesar (which became Tsar and Czar in Russia). Kesar is a kingly name your little boy can stake his kingdom upon.

  • Origin: Heart, lion
  • Meaning: Russian, Slavic, Latin
  • Pronunciation: Keh-SAAR
  • Variations: Caesar, Kaiser
  • Popularity: Kesar is the 6,798th most popular name worldwide, with the most occurrences in India.
Strong, Rare

Konstantin

Konstantin uses a Russian spelling that originated from the Latin Constantinus. From Roman emperors to Byzantine royalty, Konstantin has been used for famous leaders in history. Your little monarch boy may love this outstanding name.

  • Origin: Russian, Slavic, Latin
  • Meaning: Constant, everlasting
  • Pronunciation: Kaan-STAAN-tiyn
  • Variations: Kosta, Kostya, Konstantine, Constantin, Constantine
  • Namesakes: Konstantin (Kostadin) Dejanović, a Serbian magnate who ruled a province in eastern Macedonia. Konstantin Ivanovich Grigorishin, a Russian-Ukrainian billionaire businessman.
  • Popularity: Konstantin is the 613th most popular name worldwide, with the highest usage in Russia and Greece.
Traditional, Formal

Krsto

Krsto is a Serbo-Croatian spelling of Kristo, the Slavic version of the Scandinavian Christian or the English Christopher. Krsto is a concise nickname that works on its own for the gorgeous boy you’re naming.

  • Origin: Slavic, Greek
  • Meaning: Cross
  • Pronunciation: KRIY-ztow
  • Variations: Krste, Krǎstyo, Kristo
  • Namesakes: Krsto Papić, a Croatian screenwriter and only film director from Croatia among the Yugoslav Black Wave film movement. Krsto Popović, a Montenegrin Army officer who fought in the Balkan Wars and World War I.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 7,638 people were named Krsto worldwide, with the most occurrences in North Macedonia.
Unique, Unusual

Lev

Lev is a Russian and Czech form of Leo, likely originating from the Hebrew Levi. Lev often appears as a surname for many Israeilis. Lev has the heart of a lion in its three letters and could fit the baby boy in your life nicely.

  • Origin: Slavic, Latin, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Lion, heart
  • Pronunciation: Liyeh-V
  • Variations: Leo
  • Namesakes: Lev Andreyevich Artsimovich, a Soviet physicist and member of the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Union. Lev L. Spiro, an American TV director best known for Modern Family and Arrested Development.
  • Popularity: Lev is the 11,416th most common name worldwide, with the most usage in Russia.
Informal, Unique

Ludomir

Ludomir is mostly used as a Polish name but has Slavic origins. This name might sound old-fashioned but has the universal, inspiring meaning of “peace” and “love.”

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Peace, love, bringer of peace
  • Pronunciation: LUU-dow-Mihr
  • Variations: Ljubomir, Lubomear, Lubomír, Lubomyr, Lyubomir
  • Namesakes: Ludomir Ludwik Dominik Benedyktowicz, a Polish landscape painter, soldier, writer, and amateur chess player. Ludomir Karol Goździkiewicz, a Polish politician from the Polish People’s Party and member of the Sejm from 1989-1991.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 828 people were named Ludomir worldwide, with the most usage in Poland.
Formal, Rare

Luka

Luka is a Slavic spelling of Luca, which originally pointed to a person from Lucania, Italy. “Lucus” in Latin also meant “sacred wood.” This cute version of Lucas will inject new life into an old classic for your baby boy.

  • Origin: Slavic, Latin, Greek
  • Meaning: From Lucania, sacred wood
  • Pronunciation: LUW-kaa
  • Variations: Luca, Lucas, Lukas, Luke
  • Namesakes: Luka Modrić, a Croatian footballer and captain of the Croatia national team. Luka Bebić, a Croatian politician and Speaker of the Croatian Parliament from 2008-2011.
  • Popularity: Luka is the 4,836th most popular name worldwide and ranked 12th in Slovenia.
Informal, Unique

Maksim

Maksim is a Slavic variation of Maxim, which arose from the ancient Roman Maximus, meaning “the greatest.” This strong Slavic name for boys will suit the formidable presence that your little boy can grow up to have.

  • Origin: Slavic, Latin
  • Meaning: The greatest
  • Pronunciation: MAHK-siym
  • Variations: Maksym, Maxim, Maximillian
  • Namesakes: Maksim Buznikin, a Russian footballer who played for Spartak Moscow and Lokomotiv Moscow. Maksím Eugénievich Moshków, a Russian businessman and laureate of the Internet Prize ROTOR-2005 as the “Man of the Year.”
  • Popularity: Maksim is the 279th most common name worldwide and ranked 16th in Russia.
Inspiring, Common

Marek

Marek is the mostly Polish version of Mark, or the ancient Roman Marcus. Marek dates back to the Roman god of war, Mars. This strong, powerful Slavic name will command respect for the baby boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Slavic, Latin
  • Meaning: War-like
  • Pronunciation: MAA-rehk
  • Variations: Marco, Marcus, Marcos, Mark
  • Namesakes: Marek Jastrzębiec-Mosakowski, a Polish author known for his East Prussian historical novel Ślady na piasku. Marek Stefan Borowski, a Polish politician and Speaker of the Sejm, the Polish Parliament, from 2001-2004.
  • Popularity: Marek is the 1,204th most popular name worldwide, ranked 11th in Poland.
Strong, Traditional

Marin

A group of early Latin saints were named Marinus, the root word for the Slavic Marin, which was later associated with the sea. Your little sea captain may enjoy having this unique, unisex name on his adventures.

  • Origin: Slavic, Latin
  • Meaning: Of the sea
  • Pronunciation: MAA-raen
  • Variations: Maryn, Maron
  • Namesakes: Marin Držić, a Croatian writer and one of the best Renaissance playwrights and prose writers of Croatian literature. Marin Karmitz, a Romanian-French businessman, director, producer, film distributor, and cinema chain operator.
  • Popularity: Marin is the 11,852nd most popular name worldwide and ranked 67th in Bulgaria.
Unique, Vintage
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Mario

Mario originated from the Latin Marius. It also referred to Mars, the Roman god of war, which gave it the “hammer” meaning. The ancient divine strength of Mario makes it super popular worldwide. Why should your little god be any different?

  • Origin: Slavic, Latin
  • Meaning: Hammer
  • Pronunciation: MAA-ry-Ow
  • Variations: Marijo, Marios, Mariusz
  • Namesakes: Mario Gabriele Andretti , an Italian-American racing driver and one of the most successful race car drivers in history. Mario Hezonja, a Croatian basketball player for UNICS Kazan of the VTB United League and the EuroLeague.
  • Popularity: Mario is the 73rd most popular name worldwide and ranked 9th in Italy.
Strong, Common

Marko

Marko is a Slavic spelling of the Latin Marcus, which is one of many names that refers to Mars, the Roman god of war. Marko has the most direct meaning “of Mars.” Your little deity will feel the power of this great Slavic name.

  • Origin: Slavic, Latin
  • Meaning: God of war, of Mars
  • Pronunciation: MAAR-kow
  • Variations: Marco, Markco, Marcos, Markos
  • Namesakes: Marko Veselica, a Croatian politician, economist, and university professor. Marko Todorović, a Serbian actor, known for playing roles of important historical figures like Marshal Tito.
  • Popularity: Marko is the 4,247th most common name worldwide and ranked 11th in Croatia.
Strong

Maroš

Maroš is a Slovak nickname for Marek. It is a name rarely used outside of Slovakia these days, so you can have this special version of Marek/Mark for your little boy to make his own.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: War-like
  • Pronunciation: MAH-ros
  • Variations: Maross
  • Namesakes: Maroš Šefčovič, a Slovak diplomat, politician, and Vice-President of the European Commission for Interinstitutional Relations. Maroš Klimpl, a Slovak footballer who plays with FK Kolín.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 935 people were named Maroš, with the most usage in Slovakia.
Unusual, Rare

Matej

Matej is the Slavic variation of the Hebrew Matthew. If the “j” at the end feels too complicated, you can use the diminutive “Mate,” which carries the same meaning for the baby boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Slavic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Gift from God
  • Pronunciation: MAAH-teyy
  • Variations: Mate
  • Namesakes: Matej Bor (pen name of Vladimir Pavšič), a Slovenian poet, translator, playwright, journalist, and Partisan. Matej Pučko, a Slovenian footballer playing for the Turkish club Bandırmaspor.
  • Popularity: Matej is the 16,694th most common name worldwide and is in the top 100 in the Czech Republic.
Unusual, Religious

Mihael

Mihael is a mostly Croatian and Slovenian version of the Hebrew Michael. The unusual spelling will add some new life to the classic Biblical Mihael for your little boy.

  • Origin: Slavic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Who is like God
  • Pronunciation: Miy-HEYL
  • Variations: Michael, Mikeal, Mikhail
  • Namesakes: Mihael Stroj, an Austro-Hungarian oil painter of Slovenian origin known for his Romanticism, Classicism, and Biedermeier styles. Mihael Kovačević, a Croatian-Swiss professional footballer.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 8,662 people were named Mihael worldwide, with the most usage in Slovenia and Croatia.
Inspiring, Unusual

Mikhail

Mikhail comes from the Hebrew Michael and was given to two Russian Tsars, in addition to Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet leader. Mikhail is very common, but would land as a unique name instead of the typical Michael for your little boy.

  • Origin: Slavic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Who is like God
  • Pronunciation: MIYK-aaiyl
  • Variations: Michael, Mihael, Mikeal
  • Namesakes: Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, the Russian-Soviet final leader of the Soviet Union.
  • Popularity: Mikhail is the 315th most popular name worldwide, with the most occurrences in Russia.
Common, Traditional

Milan

Milan was originally used as a nickname for Slavic boy names that began with Mil. This unique, easy-to-pronounce name has all the good intentions in its “loving” meaning. Show some love to your little boy with this cool Slavic name.

  • Origin: Slavic, Latin
  • Meaning: Gracious, kind, loving
  • Pronunciation: MIHY-laan
  • Variations: Milaan, Milano, Millan
  • Namesakes: Milan Aleksić, a Serbian water polo player and a 2016 and 2020 Olympic champion. Milan Rúfus, a Slovak poet, essayist, translator, and children’s writer who is the most translated Slovak poet into other languages.
  • Popularity: Milan is the 1,544th most common name worldwide, with the most usage in India.
Informal, Unique

Miloje

Miloje is mostly a Serbian diminutive which indicates any name beginning with Mil. Miloje is a cute version of a typical Slavic name spelling that would be equally as cute for the new boy in your life.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Gracious, dear
  • Pronunciation: MIHL-ow-Yay
  • Variations: Milan, Miloš, Miłosz
  • Namesakes: Miloje Milojević, a Serbian composer, musicologist, music critic, and folklorist. Miloje Preković, a Serbian footballer who plays for Dinamo Samarqand.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 7,507 people were named Miloje worldwide, with the most usage in Serbia.
Unique, Unusual

Milorad

Milorad breaks down into “milo,” meaning “gracious care,” and “rad,” meaning “work or joy.” You can teach your little boy how to find joy in working at something he loves with this old-world Slavic name for boys.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Graceful joy, care
  • Pronunciation: MIh-loher-Ahd
  • Variations: Milo, Miłosz, Radek, Radko, Rada
  • Namesakes: Milorad Dodik, a Bosnian Serb politician and member of the Presidency for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Milorad Arsenijević, a Serbian football player and manager who took part with Yugoslavia’s team at the 1928 Summer Olympics.
  • Popularity: Milorad is the 14,186th most popular name worldwide, with the most occurrences in Serbia.
Formal, Vintage

Miloš

Miloš is a shorter variation of the Slavic Miroslav and a version of the English Miles. Miloš is a “lover of glory” and brings the tradition of strong Slavic names home to the special little guy you know.

  • Origin: Slavic, Latin
  • Meaning: Lover of glory
  • Pronunciation: MIY-lows
  • Variations: Miłosz
  • Namesakes: Miloš Pavlović, a Serbian professional racing driver. Miloš Tichý, a Czech astronomer who discovered the periodic comet 196P/Tichý.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 10,470 people were named Miloš worldwide, with the most occurrences in Serbia and the U.S.
Informal, Unusual
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Mirko

Mirko is a diminutive of the Czech Miroslav, the root name for many variations like Mirko, Miloš, and more like it. Mirko stands out as the most “peaceful” of the group, which would start your little boy off on the right foot in life.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Peaceful one
  • Pronunciation: MIHR-kow
  • Variations: Mirco
  • Namesakes: Mirko Cvetković, a Serbian economist and former prime minister of Serbia from 2008 to 2012. Mirko Bogović, a Croatian poet and one of the founders of the Croatian novella.
  • Popularity: Mirko is the 7981st most popular name worldwide, with the most usage in Italy.
Traditional, Unique

Natan

Natan is a Slavic variation on the Hebrew Nathan. Natan is easy to say and still carries a faraway feel. The deep meaning “God has given” will adorn your little divine gift well when your baby boy arrives.

  • Origin: Slavic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Given, God has given
  • Pronunciation: NAA-taen
  • Variations: Natyn, Nathan
  • Namesakes: Natan Yakovlevich Eidelman, a Soviet Russian author, and historian. Natan Spigel, a Polish-Jewish painter and key member of the influential Expressionist group Yung-yidish.
  • Popularity: Natan is the 16,455th most common name worldwide, while Nathan ranks 1,543rd worldwide.
Traditional, Unusual

Nemanja

Nemanja is based on the root word “nemati,” meaning “have not.” Nemanja is for the man (and boy) who doesn’t need possessions to find real joy in life. It is a rare name to bestow on a special little boy.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Without possessions
  • Pronunciation: Neh-MAAN-Jhah
  • Namesakes: Nemanja Bjelica, a Serbian basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA in the U.S. Nemanja Nikolić, a Montenegrin footballer playing for the Serbian club Kolubara.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 7,934 people were named Nemanja worldwide while ranking 275th in Serbia.
Rare, Vintage

Nikola

Nikola is the Slavic variation of Nicholas, derived from the Greek Nikolaos. The unisex Nikola is mostly given to boys, except in the Czech Republic, where it’s usually given to girls. Whatever you decide, Nikola is a classic Slavic namesake for your victorious little boy.

  • Origin: Slavic, Greek
  • Meaning: Victory of the people
  • Pronunciation: NIY-kow-Laa
  • Variations: Niko, Nikolica
  • Namesakes: Nikola Tesla, a Serbian-American inventor, and electrical engineer best known for his contributions to the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. Nikola Gruevski, the Prime Minister of Macedonia from 2006-2016.
  • Popularity: Nikola is the 4,618th most popular name worldwide, with the most occurrences in Serbia.
Strong, Formal

Oleg

Oleg is popular in Russian, Ukraine, and Belarus, derived from the Old Norse “Helge.” Oleg isn’t super popular worldwide, so you can help keep it going strong for the “blessed” little boy in your life.

  • Origin: Slavic, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Holy, sacred, blessed
  • Pronunciation: OW-lehg
  • Variations: Oleg, Oleh, Aleh
  • Namesakes: Oleg Ivanovich Borisov, a Russian film and theater actor, voted People’s Artist of the USSR. Oleg Igorevich Aleynik, a Russian footballer playing for FC Baltika Kaliningrad.
  • Popularity: Oleg is the 560th most common name worldwide, with over a million Russians named Oleg.
Inspiring, Common

Ondra

Ondra is a Czechoslovakian name that is a diminutive of Ondrej. The unisex Ondra also translates to Andreas, also considered unisex. This uncommon name will feel very special to the baby boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Slavic, Greek
  • Meaning: Womanly and Manly
  • Pronunciation: AWN-druh
  • Variations: Ondrej
  • Popularity: In 2014, 836 people were named Ondra worldwide, with the most usage in the U.S. and the Czech Republic.
Unique, Rare

Ondrej

Ondrej is a mostly Czech-used form of Andrew, but originates from the Greek Andreas. Meaning “warrior,” Ondrej doesn’t have as much bite when spoken, so it can be the ideal balance of strong and soft for your little boy.

  • Origin: Slavic, Greek
  • Meaning: Man, warrior
  • Pronunciation: OWN-drehy
  • Variations: Ondra, Andrew, Andre, Andreas, Andrea
  • Namesakes: Ondřej Havelka, a Czech jazz and swing singer, lead vocalist for the Original Prague Syncopated Orchestra.
  • Popularity: Ondrej is the 8,428th most popular name worldwide, with the most usage in the countries making up the former Czechoslovakia.
Strong, Traditional

Pasha

Pasha comes from the Russian Pavel and Latin Paul. Pasha was also an honorary title given to important military personnel of the Ottoman Empire. It isn’t too macho, though, since Pasha is unisex, so it would still be a thoughtful name for your little guy.

  • Origin: Slavic, Latin
  • Meaning: Small, humble
  • Pronunciation: PAE-shaa
  • Variations: Pascha, Pashka
  • Namesakes: Pasha D. Lychnikov, a Russian-American TV, voice, film, and theater actor, best known for the HBO series Deadwood.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 28,083 people were named Pasha worldwide, while Pasha is ranked 542nd in Georgia.
Vintage, Informal

Pavel

Pavel is the Russian version of the Latin Paul, which means “small.” Paul dates back to one of the most influential figures in Christianity. Pavel is very popular worldwide, especially in Russia, so you can easily give your little boy this unusual version of a classic name.

  • Origin: Russian, Slavic,
  • Meaning: Small
  • Pronunciation: PAA-vehl
  • Variations: Pavlo, Paul
  • Namesakes: Pavel Andreyevich Buchnevich, a Russian ice hockey player for the St. Louis Blues of the NHL. Pavel Durov, a Russian-born French entrepreneur and founder of the social networking site VK and Telegram Messenger.
  • Popularity: Pavel is the 249th most popular name worldwide, with the most usage in Russia.
Traditional, Common

Petar

Petar is the Slavic variation of the Biblical name Peter. Peter is much more common than Petar, but Petar’s classical association with the “rock” of Christianity might sway you to use this version for your saintly little boy.

  • Origin: Slavic, Greek
  • Meaning: Rock, Stone
  • Pronunciation: PEH-taar
  • Variations: Pero, Peter
  • Namesakes: Petar Bojović, a Serbian military commander during the Balkan Wars and World Wars. Petar Gburčik, a Serbian scientist, meteorology professor, and mathematical models author.
  • Popularity: Petar is the 5,368th most common name worldwide and ranked 6th in Bulgaria.
Traditional, Unique
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Radomir

Radomir is a very traditional Slavicmale name taken from the roots “rad,” meaning “happy” or “joy” and “mir,” meaning “world” or “fame.” The uncommonly used Radomir is an unforgettable way to add worldly happiness to your baby boy’s name.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Happy willing, peaceful
  • Pronunciation: RAA-deh-Mihr
  • Variations: Radimir, Radzimierz, Radko
  • Namesakes: Radomir Mihailović, a Serbian guitarist for the Serbian and formerly Yugoslav band Smak. Radomir Antić, a Serbian football manager, and player, one of only two men who managed both the Barcelona and Real Madrid teams.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 48, 275 people were named Radomir worldwide, while Radomir was ranked in the top 50 for Serbia and Montenegro.
Traditional, Unusual

Radovan

Radovan finds its “joyful” meaning in the Slavic root word “radovati,” meaning to have “care” and “joy.” This strong, traditional Slavic name isn’t too popular outside of Serbia, so you can happily give joy to the baby boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: The joyful one
  • Pronunciation: RAA-dow-Vaan
  • Variations: Radan, Radánek, Radvan, Radomir, Radomil, Radoslav
  • Namesakes: Radovan Vujović, a Serbian actor, comedian, and director best known for the TV series Vojna akademija. Radovan Jelašić, a Serbian-Hungarian economist and Governor of the National Bank of Serbia from 2004-2010.
  • Popularity: Radovan is the 16,443rd most common name worldwide, with the most usage in Serbia.
Inspiring, Formal

Risto

Risto is a short form of Christopher found in Finnish, Estonian, Macedonian, and Serbo-Croatian cultures. Risto means “hearer of Christ,” but, on the surface, feels light and modern. Risto could be the coolest name you find for your little boy.

  • Origin: Slavic, Greek
  • Meaning: Christ-hearer
  • Pronunciation: RIY-ztow
  • Namesakes: Risto Bimbilosk, a Macedonian fashion designer based in Paris and the founder and creative director of Risto. Risto Savin, a Slovenian composer, who created the Slovenian national opera tradition.
  • Popularity: Risto is the 17,905th most popular name worldwide, with the most usage in Finland and North Macedonia.
Unique, Informal

Roko

Roko is a rare Croatian version of the Germanic Rachus, meaning “to roar.” While cute and informal, Roko (like Rocco) has all the strength of a lion in its four letters, so no lion’s mane is needed for the little Roko in your life.

  • Origin: Croatian, Slavic, Germanic
  • Meaning: To roar
  • Pronunciation: ROW-kow
  • Variations: Rocco, Rokko
  • Namesakes: Roko Blažević, a Croatian pop singer representing Croatia at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Roko Karanušić, a Croatian tennis player with a career-high ATP singles ranking of 88.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 3,717 people were named Roko worldwide, while Roko ranked #403 in Croatia.
Informal, Rare

Rolan

Rolan is an unusual Slavic name originating in French and German. Rolan is only mildly used in Russia, so you can be unique and use this vintage name for your famous little guy.

  • Origin: Slavic, Germanic, French
  • Meaning: Famous landowner
  • Pronunciation: ROH-lahn
  • Variations: Roland, Rollon
  • Namesakes: Rolan Aleksandrovich Gusev, a Russian football coach, former player, and the manager of CSKA Moscow. Rolan Antonovich Bykov, a Soviet Russian actor, theater, and film director, voted the People’s Artist of the USSR.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 30,333 people were named Rolan worldwide, with the most occurrences in the Philippines.
Unusual, Vintage

Roman

Roman is an iconic name and word dating back to the Roman Romanus and Greek Romanos. Roman instantly transports your little boy back to the days of ancient Rome, so jump on this very popular Slavic boy’s name and adorn your little Roman with its magic.

  • Origin: Slavic, Latin, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Strong, powerful
  • Pronunciation: RAO-maan
  • Variations: Romann, Romanus, Romen, Romero
  • Namesakes: Roman Witold Ingarden, a Polish philosopher who worked in aesthetics, ontology, and phenomenology. Roman Yakovlevich Dzindzichashvili, a Soviet-born Israeli-American chess player awarded the Grandmaster title in 1977.
  • Popularity: Roman is the 212th most popular name worldwide and ranked 26th in Russia.
Strong, Common

Samo

One of the oldest uses of Samo refers to the 7th-century leader of the Slavs. Samo is a Czech version of Samuel, and its “energetic, bouncy” meaning would likely fit the bill for the rambunctious baby boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Czech, Slavic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Energetic, bouncy
  • Pronunciation: SAAM-ow
  • Variations: Saami, Saamy
  • Namesakes: Samo Kuščer, a Slovene physicist known for his science-fiction books. Samo Tomášik, a Slovak romantic poet, best known for the poem that became the national anthems of Yugoslavia, Serbia, Montenegro, and the Slovak Republic.
  • Popularity: Samo is the 18,621st most common name worldwide, with the most usage in Syria.
Unusual, Informal

Sava

Sava is the name of a famous tributary of the Danube River, which flows from Slovenia and Croatia through Bosnia & Herzegovina to the Serbian capital Belgrade. This powerful connection could flow through Sava for your little boy too.

  • Origin: Russian, Slavic
  • Meaning: Old man
  • Pronunciation: SAAH-vah
  • Variations: Saba, Sabbas
  • Namesakes: Sava Henția, an Imperial Austrian-born Romanian painter, decorator, and illustrator. Sava Ranđelović, a Serbian water polo player for the national team.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 45,387 people were named Sava worldwide, with the most usage in India and Serbia.
Traditional, Unusual

Sergei

Sergei has Etruscan origins as the surname Sergius. Versions of Sergei have been peppered through time for Roman generals and Russian saints, among others. How famous will your little Sergei become with this strong, historical name?

  • Origin: Slavic, Latin
  • Meaning: Servant
  • Pronunciation: SIYR-gyey
  • Variations: Sergey, Sergiy, Serge, Sergio, Serj, Sergiu, Sergi
  • Namesakes: Sergey Semyonovich Sobyanin, a Russian politician and the 3rd/current Mayor of Moscow. Sergei Zjukin, an Estonian chess player, winner of the Estonian Chess Championship and International Master.
  • Popularity: Sergei is the 14,487th most popular name worldwide and ranked 9th in Estonia.
Traditional, Unique

Simeon

Simeon is a Slavic variation of the ancient Hebrew Simon and appears as five different figures in the Bible. Simeon is popular in certain parts of Africa and Asia currently, although this vintage spelling will make any Simon a better version as Simeon.

  • Origin: Slavic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God has heard
  • Pronunciation: SIHM-iy-Ahn
  • Variations: Simon, Symeon
  • Namesakes: Tsar Simeon (also Symeon I the Great), Bulgarian ruler from 893 to 927 AD. Simeon James Rice, an American football player who earned a Super Bowl ring with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl XXXVII.
  • Popularity: Simeon is the 4,068th most common name worldwide, with the most occurrences in Nigeria.
Traditional, Unique
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Slavko

If you’re looking for the ultimate proud Slavic name, Slavko could be perfect! Slavko comes from the root “slav,” meaning “glory” and “fame.” It is less used these days outside the former Yugoslavia, but Slavko can rise again for your little bundle of glory.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Fame, glory
  • Pronunciation: SLAEV-kow
  • Variations: Slavik
  • Namesakes: Slavko Löwy, a Croatian architect who created the “first skyscraper of Zagreb” in 1933. Slavko Pavletić, a Croatian footballer who participated with the Croatia national team during both World Wars.
  • Popularity: Slavko is the 14,422nd most popular name worldwide, mostly used in the countries which made up the former Yugoslavia.
Strong, Traditional

Stanimir

Stanimir is an unusual Slavic name dating back to medieval times and consists of “stani,” meaning “stand or become” and “miru,” meaning “peace or world.” Stanimir is best kept for the very special young boy who always makes your day.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: To become a world
  • Pronunciation: STAHN-ih-Mihr
  • Variations: Stanko
  • Namesakes: Stanimir Todorov, a Bulgarian pair skater and three-time Bulgarian national champion, placed 19th at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Stanimir Vukićević, the current Serbian ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 17,681 people were named Stanimir worldwide, while Stanimir ranks 150th in Bulgaria.
Unusual, Vintage

Stjepan

Stjepan is a uniquely Croatian version of Stephen, which dates back to the ancient Greek Stephanos. Stjepan wears a “crown” with its meaning, so give this manly crown to the little boy in your life and name the most important king you know.

  • Origin: Croatian, Slavic, Greek
  • Meaning: Crown
  • Pronunciation: ST-JHEH-paen
  • Variations: Stipe, Stephen, Stephan, Stepan
  • Namesakes: Stephen II, the last member of the Trpimirović dynasty and the last native king of Croatia ruling over the medieval Croatian Kingdom. Stjepan Hauser (known as HAUSER), a Croatian cellist and member of 2CELLOS, along with Luka Šulić.
  • Popularity: Stjepan is the 16,449th most common name worldwide and ranked 5th in Croatia.
Formal, Unique

Stoyan

Stoyan means “to stand” and is a Bulgarian and Macedonian name. Stoyan is, as it says- remaining front and center as a name to be regarded. Though not widely used, Stoyan is a solid way to welcome your little boy into the world.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: To stand
  • Pronunciation: STOY-ahn
  • Variations: Stojan
  • Namesakes: Stoyan Nikolov Ivanov, a Bulgarian wrestler who competed in the 1972, 1976, and 1980 Summer Olympics. Stoyan Petrov Danev, a Bulgarian liberal politician who served as Prime Minister of Bulgaria twice.
  • Popularity: Stoyan is the 17,282nd most popular name worldwide and ranked 14th in Bulgaria.
Unusual, Vintage

Szymon

Szymon is the Polish version of the Hebrew Simon. It doesn’t just mean “God has heard,” but can also mean “to be heard.” Let your little Szymon be heard by one and all with this unique and very classic Slavic name for boys.

  • Origin: Slavic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God has heard
  • Pronunciation: SHIH-mahn
  • Variations: Saimon, Simon
  • Namesakes: Szymon Szymonowic, a Polish Renaissance poet known as “the Polish Pindar.” Shimon Peres (born Szymon Perski), the President of Israel from 1984-1986, 1995-1996, and 2007-2014.
  • Popularity: Syzmon is the 7,483rd most common name worldwide and ranked 64th in Poland.
Religious, Unique

Toma

Toma is a Slavic version of Thomas, originating from the Aramaic “t’om’a,” meaning “twin.” Toma will make the best name whether your little boy is part of a set of twins or outstanding all on his own.

  • Origin: Slavic, Latin, Aramaic
  • Meaning: Twin
  • Pronunciation: TOW-maa
  • Variations: Thoma, Thom, Thoms, Thomas, Tomas, Thomasius, Thomm
  • Namesakes: Toma Ovici, a Romanian tennis player and twice the Romanian Singles Champion. Toma Rosandić, a Serbian-Yugoslav sculptor and architect, considered one of the most prominent Yugoslav sculptors ever.
  • Popularity: Toma is the 13,815th most popular name worldwide, with the most usage in Bangladesh.
Unique

Tonči

Tonči is a Croatian and Slovenian diminutive for Anton but stands on its own as a cool nickname. Like many Croatian and Slovenian names, Tonči has an Italian feel and will elevate this nickname into something special for your little guy.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Highly praiseworthy
  • Pronunciation: TOHN-chi
  • Variations: Anton, Antonij, Antonijo
  • Namesakes: Tonči Bašić, a Croatian football manager, former player, and current sports director for RNK Split. Tonči Huljić, a Croatian musician, songwriter, and founder of the pop band Dalmatinski magazin.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 872 people were named Tonči worldwide, primarily in Croatia.
Informal, Rare

Vasil

Vasil is the Slavic variation of the Greek Basileios, which translates to Basil. Vasil has royal connotations and would allow the young prince in your life to share in the glory of this noble name.

  • Origin: Slavic, Greek
  • Meaning: Imperial, monarchical, royal
  • Pronunciation: Vaa-SIHL
  • Variations: Vasilj, Vasily, Vasiliy, Vasili
  • Namesakes: Vasil Shanto (called Vasko), founder of the Albanian Communist Party and a World War II hero. Vasil Georgiev Binev, a Bulgarian actor, best known for his voice-over roles in TV series and films.
  • Popularity: Vasil is the 11,437th most popular name worldwide and ranked 14th in Bulgaria.
Vintage, Unique

Viktor

Viktor is a Slavic variation of Victor, which dates back to the Latin “victorious,” meaning “conqueror.” This strong, Slavic name is very trendy because it’s outlasted the sands of time and is ready for your little boy to enjoy.

  • Origin: Russian, Slavic, Latin
  • Meaning: Champion, victor, conqueror
  • Pronunciation: VIYK-taar
  • Variations: Victor, Vyktor
  • Namesakes: Viktor Andriyovych Yushchenko, the former President of Ukraine from 2005-2010. Viktor Vasylovych Postol, a Ukrainian boxer who held the WBC light-welterweight title from 2015-2016.
  • Popularity: Viktor is the 462nd most common name worldwide, with the most occurrences in Russia.
Strong, Common

Vlado

Vlado carries with it great power the world over. Vlado is short for Vladimir and has named many such leaders in Slavic history. You may be ready to name your own little Vladimir-in-training and call him Vlado for short.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Of great power, bright and famous, ruler of the world
  • Pronunciation: VLAAH-dow
  • Variations: Vladimir Wladimir, Vlade, Vladimiro
  • Namesakes: Vlado Chernozemski (born Velichko Dimitrov Kerin), a Bulgarian revolutionary hero, also known as “Vlado the Chauffeur.” Vlado Martek, a Croatian artist whose work is inspired by visualizing poetry.
  • Popularity: Vlado is the 22,574th most popular name worldwide, with the most usage in Croatia.
Strong, Vintage
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Yeremey

Yeremey is an unusual Russian spelling of the ancient Hebrew Jeremiah, better known as Jeremy. Yeremey is so rare that its usage barely registers globally. You can give your little one a unique version of this Biblical name.

  • Origin: Slavic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God will uplift
  • Pronunciation: YEH-rahm-Iy
  • Variations: Yeremy, Yeremi, Jeremy
  • Popularity: In 2014, 10 people were named Yeremey worldwide, with all occurrences in the U.S., Armenia, and Russia.
Religious, Rare

Yuri

Yuri is the Russian version of the Greek George, and the Hebrew name Uri. Yuri has meanings that span the “light of God” to a humble “farmer.” The unisex Yuri is an ode to both sides of man and would be adorable for the baby boy you’re expecting.

  • Origin: Russian, Slavic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Light of God, farmer
  • Pronunciation: YUW-riy
  • Variations: Yury, Yuriy, Uri, Jurij
  • Namesakes: Yuri Aleksandrovich Aksenov, a former Kazakhstani professional footballer. King Yuri, the second ruler of Goguryeo, the northernmost of the Three Kingdoms of Korea.
  • Popularity: Yuri is the 3,426th most popular name worldwide, with the most occurrences in Brazil.
Traditional, Informal

Zavid

If you’re looking for a super popular name in rare form, then Zavid could be a winner. Zavid is a Russian form of the Hebrew David, and only differs by the first letter. Your little Zavid will be ready to shine with this great name.

  • Origin: Russian, Slavic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Beloved
  • Pronunciation: ZAH-veed
  • Variations: Zaved, David
  • Popularity: In 2014, 298 people were named Zavid worldwide, with the most usage in India.
Unusual, Rare

Živko

Živko offers all the vivid cheer of a Slavic life well lived. This strong Bulgarian and Macedonian name could infuse some life-giving force to the little boy in your life once he’s ready to rule the world.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Life, alive
  • Pronunciation: ZIHV-koh
  • Variations: Zivcko, Zyvko, Zhivko, Zhyvko
  • Namesakes: Živko Budimir, a Bosnian Croatian politician and the 9th President of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Živko M. Andrijašević, a Montenegrin historian and writer, best known for the standard historical dictionary of Montenegro.
  • Popularity: In 2014, 1,104 people were named Živko, and Živko has the most usage in the U.S. and Austria.
Inspiring, Vintage

Zlatko

Zlatko is a very old, traditional option among our Slavic boy names. There couldn’t be a better description with a shiny feel. Zlatko is not often used outside of South Slavic cultures, so snatch up Zlatko for your golden child today.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Gold
  • Pronunciation: ZLAAT-kow
  • Variations: Zlatcko, Zlatan
  • Namesakes: Zlatko Škorić, a Croatian footballer with eight caps for the Yugoslavia national team. Zlatko Mateša, the Croatian Prime Minister from 1995-2000.
  • Popularity: Zlatko is the 18,939th most common name worldwide and ranked 29th in Croatia.
Traditional, Unique
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