|Derivation||boy- (root) + an (suffix)|
In present days it is used as a given name in Bulgaria written as Boyan (Bulgarian: Боян), and also in all countries of former Yugoslavia, mainly written as Bojan (Serbian and Macedonian: Бојан)/(Slovenian/Croatian: Bojan).
There is some discussion as to where the name Boyan comes from. It is generally accepted that it is derived from the word бой- (boy-), which means "battle", and the suffix -ан (-an) which is common in Bulgarian and other Slavic names. Together, Boyan (Боян) means "warrior" or "fighter".
It is also considered as a possibility from the Turkic/Mongolic word "Bayan" (Mongolian: Баян) meaning rich, wealth, of the khagan of Avars Bayan I (562-602), and of the Bulgars Batbayan (665–668); from the name of Bohemia, the area of modern Czech Republic, in Serbian as Bojka (White Serbia), where lived the Celtic tribe Boii; from the Celtic Bryan or Brian which shares spelling and meaning similarity. Therefore, according to the Celtic origin of the name Bryan or Brian, the Slavic name Boyan or Bojan could have the meaning "strong" or "noble".
- Batbayan of Bulgaria, also known as Batboyan or simply Boyan. The first son of Bulgarian khan Kubrat.
- Boyan-Enravota, the first Bulgarian Christian martyr and the earliest Bulgarian saint
- Boyan (bard), Russian bard from the 10th century
- Boyanka Angelova, Bulgarian gymnast
- Boyan Chowdhury, former lead guitarist of rock band The Zutons
- Boyan Gaytanov, Bulgarian footballer
- Boyan Iliev, Bulgarian football player
- Boyan Jovanovic, professor of economics at New York University
- Boyan Kotsev, Bulgarian cyclist
- Boyan Petkanchin, Bulgarian mathematician
- Boyan Peykov, Bulgarian footballer
- Boyan Radev, Bulgarian wrestler
- Boyan Slat (born 1994), Dutch inventor and entrepreneur
- Boyan Tabakov, Bulgarian football player
- Boyan Vodenitcharov, Bulgarian pianist and composer
- Boyan Yordanov, Bulgarian volleyball player
- Miklosich, Franz (1860). Die Bildung der slavischen Personennamen (in German). Vienna: Aus der kaiserlich-königlichen Hoff- und Staatdruckerei. pp. 10, 36.
- "Holy Martyr Boyan, Bulgarian Prince" (in Bulgarian). Първите седем. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
- "Днес почитаме Св. мъченик Боян–Енравота" (in Bulgarian). InfoPleven. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
- Sevortyan, Ervand (1978), Этимологический словарь тюркских языков [Etymological Dictionary of Turkic Languages] (in Russian), vol. 2, Moscow: Nauka, pp. 27–29
- Gluhak, Alemko (1993), Hrvatski etimološki rječnik (in Croatian), Zagreb: August Cesarec, pp. 123–124, ISBN 953-162-000-8