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Traditional female and male Bulgarian names


I am married to a Bulgarian and have always wondered how oddly the names of his relatives sound. It seems that they resemble something between a classic Slavic and European names. It turns out that the translations and interpretations of the Bulgarian names in both men and women are incredibly interesting. I decided to share with you my little discoveries.

The origin of the Bulgarian names and their features

A large proportion of all names common in Bulgaria is of Slavic origin. Usually one root generates as many as several dozen variations of names for representatives of both sexes. Two-part names are very popular, and also new ones often appear: the root of the child’s name is spliced ​​with the paternal or maternal name.

In addition to the Slavic names in Bulgaria, there are often elements of the Orthodox calendar, the names of Christian (Catholic to a lesser extent than Orthodox) saints, there are also foreign English-language names. A separate layer is made up of Turkic names, which appeared in the speech of the Bulgarians due to migration to the Balkan Peninsula of the Turkic tribes.

Bulgarians love to form diminutive names from representatives of any of the above categories. Sometimes it becomes difficult to distinguish the full name from the newly formed form (especially for Slavic names). There are also rules of reading, peculiar to Bulgarian. “Y” is pronounced “piece”, “LO” is equated to the characteristic Russian “y”, “E” means a harder sound than “E”, and “Kommersant”, when spoken in Bulgarian, is simply released in Russian.

List of traditional Bulgarian names

The list of unchanged suffixes of names typical of Bulgarian culture is not that great. But in order to freely navigate in them, it is necessary to know the meaning of the roots of the word or the whole phrases from which these names are formed. What are the meanings of traditional Bulgarian names for women and men?

Male names and their interpretations

  • The name Ayordan is derived from the geographical name Jordan and is translated as “current down”;
  • The name Russian characteristic of Russian culture means “defender of humanity”
  • The name of the Apostle is identical with the word "messenger";
  • Bogomil is a clear example of the fusion of roots and is translated as “dear to God”;
  • Borislav is synonymous with the phrase "the glory of battles";
  • Branimir means “protection and peace”, this name appeared many centuries ago and is considered to be originally Bulgarian;
  • Vasil is reminiscent of the name of Greek origin Basil and means "king" or "regal";
  • Gavril - the name of the archangel, traditional for the Christian people, translated as “the strong man of God”;
  • Damian is like the Russian name Demian and means "taming" or "subjugating";
  • Dimitar refers to the Greek goddess Demeter and is synonymous with the words "loving the earth";
  • Ivanov can be found in Bulgaria. This name means “good God”;
  • Ivailo - the name peculiar to the Bulgarian language, translated as "wolf";
  • Kaloyan means “beautiful”, but this name has become less common in everyday life because of the change of name fashion;
  • Karliman is considered a name of European origin and is synonymous with "person";
  • The biblical name Lazar translates as “my God helped”;
  • Lubin, Lyuben are the masculine version of the name Love, and Lubomir means "the world of love";
  • Nikifor means "bringing victory";
  • Nikola from Bulgarian translates as “victory of the people”;
  • Ognian or Ognyan, as it is easy to understand by just one spelling of the name, is synonymous with the noun "fire";
  • The names Pentar and Penko have a single meaning - “rock” or “stone elevation”;
  • Plamen can be compared with the word "fire";
  • Radko is one of the suffixally formed names, it translates as “happy”;
  • The name Sava is identical with the word "old man";
  • Stanimir means "peaceful ruler";
  • Tom is considered an abbreviation for the English name Thomas and is also synonymous with the word "twin";
  • The meaning of the name Tsvetan is quite simple to define: it translates as “flower”;
  • Philip is a common name for "horse lover";
  • Hristo means “carrying the cross” and is a vivid example of a name that came to Bulgarian along with Christianity;
  • Chavdar is identical to the word "leader";
  • Jan or a more complete version of Janko translates as "God is good." This name is associated with the Slavic Ivan.

Female names and their interpretation

  • The names Alexandrina or Alexander have a common interpretation - “the defender of the people”;
  • Bead means "pearl". This is a characteristic name of Bulgarian origin;
  • Bil'an's name is identical with the word "grass";
  • Bogna or Bogdan means "a gift from God." So often called long-desired daughters;
  • Borislav is a typical Slavic name, its direct translation can be expressed by the phrase “the glory of the battle”;
  • Boyana means “battle”;
  • Vasilka is the female version of the name Vasil or Vasily. It means, respectively, the "queen";
  • Violetta is translated as “flower of violet color”;
  • Desislava - female name, common in Bulgaria and denoting "fame", "fame";
  • Gergana is synonymous with the word "landowner";
  • Zhivka can be called an example of the formation of names in the Bulgarian language. So called mobile children;
  • Willow, Ivan, Jovana and Ivanka have a common interpretation - “God is good”;
  • The name Ivet is translated from Bulgarian as “yew tree”;
  • The female name Spark does not need interpretation, it has quite a direct meaning;
  • Lala means "tulip";
  • The owners of another flower name (that is, Lily) in Bulgaria are usually called Lilians;
  • Lyudmila means "sweetheart people";
  • May is translated from Bulgarian as “mother”;
  • Nadezhda is the Bulgarian version of the spelling and pronunciation of the Orthodox name Hope;
  • The root names Rada or Radka are identical with the word “happy”;
  • Raina is another name, translated as "queen", only it has a Catholic origin;
  • Rosica, which is easy to understand, means "dew." This name, unfortunately, is losing its popularity;
  • Silvia has obvious Western European roots and translates as "from the forest";
  • The name Snezhana is identical to the phrase “woman of snow”;
  • Theresa means "reaper";
  • The Bulgarian name Todorka is synonymous with the phrase “a gift from God”;
  • Evdokia resembles the Russian name Evdokia and means “good desire”;
  • The female name Elizabeth is included in the rating of the most popular in Bulgaria, its meaning is “oath to God”;
  • Emilia translates into Russian as "rival";
  • Yana is the female version of the name Yang and has the same interpretation: “God is good.”