Boleslaw (given name)

Boleslaw, Bolesław, Boleslav or Boleslaus in Latin, is a male given name of Slavic origin meaning great glory. Feminine forms: Bolesława / Boleslava.

Boleslav / Bolesław
PronunciationCzech: [ˈbolɛslaf]
Polish: [bɔˈlɛswaf]
Meaningbole ("large, more")[1] + sława/slava ("glory, fame")
Other names
Variant form(s)Bolesława/Boleslava (f)
Nickname(s)Bolek, Bolko, Bolo, Slava, Slavko, Sławek

It was the favoured dynastic name in the Polish Piast dynasty and also, to a considerably lesser extent, among the Czech Přemyslids. Into the Piasts was borrowed from Přemyslids through inheritance in female line. (The mother of first Polish monarch of that name, i.e. Boleslaus the Brave, was the Czech princess Doubravka of Bohemia, whose father and brother bore the name "Boleslav".) Rulers of the Silesian line of the Piast dynasty were often known by the shortened version of the name, Bolko.

List of people with given name Boleslaw, Boleslav or BolesławEdit

Polish historical rulers from the House of PiastEdit

Polish-Silesian rulers from House of Piast known as BolkosEdit

Czech historical rulersEdit

Other historical rulersEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Brückner, Aleksander (1927). "Bolesław". Słownik etymologiczny języka polskiego (in Polish).