Vasili Name Meaning & Origin

Vasili

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Vasili is a small village in Cyprus, near the Leonariso and Lythragomi villages. Since 1974 Vasili has been occupied by Turkey and the legal owners of the village have been forced to leave their land.

Silvia and Vasili are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

USAGE: Russian
OTHER SCRIPTS: Василий (Russian)
PRONOUNCED: vah-SEE-lee
VARIANTS: Vasiliy, Vasily, Vassily
DIMINUTIVES: Vaska, Vasya
FEMININE FORM: Vasilisa
OTHER LANGUAGES: Vasil (Albanian), Basileios, Basilius (Ancient Greek), Vasil, Vasko (Bulgarian), Basil (English), Baz, Bazza (English (British)), Pasi (Finnish), Basile (French), Vasil, Vaso (Georgian), Vasilios, Vasilis, Vassilis, Vaso (Greek), Basilio (Italian), Vasil, Vasko (Macedonian), Bazyli (Polish), Vasile, Vasilica (Romanian), Vasilije, Vaso (Serbian), Basilio (Spanish), Vasyl, Wasyl (Ukrainian)

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My nephew is Vasili Alexander; while the name is unique, it suits him perfectly.

Nicknames for Vasili: | Edit

sili (pronounced see-lee), vas ( not vaz, just vas)

Vaska, Vasya

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The origin of the name Vasili is Slavic, Russian, German
Slavic - Protector, Guardian

Vasili is the Slavic form of the Greek name Basil, which has origins from the male Greek name Vassilios. It is derived from the Greek "basileus", a word of pre-Hellenic origin meaning "king".

Variant transcription of VASILIY.

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Vasili I of Moscow Grand Prince from 1389-1425
Vasili II of Moscow Grand Prince from 1425-1462
Vasili III of Russia Tsar from 1505-1533
Vasili IV of Russia Tsar from 1606-1610
Basil Fool for Christ (1469-1557), also known as Saint Basil, or Vasily Blazhenny
Vasily Zaytsev (1915-1991), sniper for the Soviet Union during the Battle of Stalingrad in World War II

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Prince Vasili Kuragin, character in Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace

Screen:
Enemy at the Gates (2001), starring Jude Law as Zaytsev, revealed his life during the Battle of Stalingrad, most notably displaying an ongoing rivalry between a Nazi marksman, Major König.
Vasili, character on the T.V. show "24" in the 2007 season
Vasili Talenieko, played by Tom Cruise in the film 'The Matarese Circle' (2010)
Vasily, played by Sam Redford in the film 'K-19: The Widowmaker' (2002)
Captain 2nd Rank Vasily Borodin, played by Sam Neill in 'The Hunt for Red October' (1990)

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