Vaclav Name Meaning & Origin
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USAGE: Czech, Slovak
VARIANT: Věnceslav (Czech)
FEMININE FORMS: Václava, Vendula (Czech)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Ventseslav (Bulgarian), Wenzel, Wenzeslaus (German), Wenceslas, Wenceslaus (History), Vencel (Hungarian), Venceslao (Italian), Veceslav, Venceslaus (Medieval Czech), Wacław, Więcesław (Polish), Veaceslav (Romanian), Vyacheslav, Slava (Russian), Venceslás (Spanish), Vyacheslav (Ukrainian)
POPULARITY: #22 in Czech Republic
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- Nicknames for Vaclav
Vaz, Vasek (Va-shek)
- Meanings and history of the name Vaclav
This is the Czech and Slovak form of Wenceslas, meaning "more glory" or "wreath of glory". The German form is Wenzel.
Contracted form of the older name Veceslav, from the Slavic elements veche "more" and slava "glory". Saint Václav (known as Wenceslas in English) was a 10th-century duke of Bohemia murdered by his brother. He is the patron saint of the Czech Republic. This was also the name of several Bohemian kings.
- Famous real-life people named Vaclav
St. Václav (Wenceslas), patron saint of the Czech Republic
Václav Havel, last president of Czechoslovakia, first Czech president, playwright, and freedom fighter
Václav Klaus, second president of the Czech Republic
- Vaclav in song, story & screen
"Václav", 2007 film by Jiri Vejdelek