Vasili Name Meaning & Origin
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- Nicknames for Vasili
sili (pronounced see-lee), vas ( not vaz, just vas)
- Meanings and history of the name Vasili
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.
- Famous real-life people named Vasili
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
- Vasili in song, story & screen
Prince Vasili Kuragin, character in Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace
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)