Very interesting is the history of the origin of the Slavic names. Some of them have survived to this day, and some people do not even know what significance they brought when they first appeared.
The sacred meaning of a name
The idea of the name changed little from the ancientsTime. Earlier, and now too, people believed that the name determines the fate of a person. The name is the essence of man, it is something sacred. As a rule, a person had two names: one was given at birth, and another - in adolescence. The first name was false, common to all acquaintances, and the second was true, for the closest people. It was a pagan tradition, which was partially converted to Christianity among the Slavs, when the second name was given at baptism. The meaning of this custom was to protect a person from evil spirits and evil people. That's why the first name was ugly, ugly, even evil. The second name was given in adolescence, when the main character traits were formed.
The main sources of origin of Slavic names
There are several types of Slavic names, all of themHave a different origin. For example, the Slavs were very popular, transformed into names for the names of animals and plants: Hare, Pike, Ersh, Wolf, Walnut, etc. As already mentioned, it was also customary to scare away the evil spirit, so the names were spread: Zloba, Kriv, Nekras.
There were names derived from the sacrament: Nezhdan, Zhdan, Hoten and others. Sometimes it was customary to call children by the names of Slavic pagan gods: Yarilo, Veles, Lada and others. If the parents with fantasy were tight, for this case, were invented names in the order of appearance in the family: Pervak, Pervusha, Vtorak, Tretiak and so on. As the names used also truncated forms of words denoting human qualities: Stoyan, Brave, Dobr and others.
The main group of names is dibasic: Ratibor, Svyatoslav, Lubomir, Tikhomir, Vsevolod, Bogdan, Dobrogneva, Svetozar, Miloneg, Bazhen, Boleslav, Borislav, Zlatozvet, Izyaslav and others. These names can be deciphered and modern man. Bogdan means "God is given", Lubomir - "any peace", Lyudmila - "people are nice," Boleslav - "glorified, more glorious" and so on.
With the advent of Christianity in Russia, manyTraditionally Slavic names have disappeared. Their place was occupied by a whole layer of Greek names. Nevertheless, sometimes the names of Slavic roots that duplicated the Greek were formed. Such, for example, are Faith, Hope, Love, their prototypes: Pistis, Elpis, Agape. Of the male names - Leon, the Slavic analogue of the Greek name Leo. Ancient Slavic names by the present time have practically disappeared. Only those preserved by the saints canonized in Christianity have survived.