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ETYMOLOGY: LITHUANIAN FIRST NAMES

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  • Vaida [POST 334] Vaida (1) Lithuanian; from the male name Vaidas
  • Vaidas [POST 334] Vaidas (1)Lithuanian; short form from first names that begin with Vaid-: Vaiginas, Vaidmantas, Vaidminas
  • Vaidginas [POST 334] Vaidginas (1) Lithuanian, short form Vaidas; vaid- [Lithuanian vaid-ytis "rodytis"(show oneself - appear;)] and gin- [ Lithuanian gin-ti, gin-a "užstoti" (stand up for - stick up for), "saugoti " (protect)]
  • Vainys (4), Vainius (2) [POST 159] from Lithuanian; short form of first names that begin with Vain-: Vainbutas, Vaingedas, Vainoras and others. See a foot note at POST 159
  • Vanda [POST 168] (1) From Slavinized Germanic (?); from the Polish Wanda (according to A. Briukneri) 1200AD from the name of the river Vandalus, (Vandalai -- one of the Germanic tribes);there was a popular legindary heroine by that name that drowned;In 1831 the name was written into the Polish calender. It is absolutely possible that this name should be kept as one of Baltic origin -- the legendary drowned girl could have been tied to Jotvingais [Dzukai] or Prussian root vand--: Lithuanian word vanduo [water], Prussian wunda, similar to Prussian first name Wande, Wandre, Lithuanian first name Vandys; (similar the name of a place called Vandžiogala. There are some added notes that you might find interestion at Post 168 in the message archives.
  • Viktoras [POST 185] (1) from Latin, short form Viktas; dialect Viktaras Eastern Aukštaičių, Viktis Zemaičių, Viktaris, Vikčius Southern Aukštaičių [Dzūkų]; from Latin Victor: Latin word victor "nugalėtojas" [conqueror]
  • Vilhelmas [POST 190] (1) from Germanic, Lithuanianized variations Vilemas, Vilimas; short form Vilius; dialect Vilumas Western Lithuania [Mažosios Lietuvos], Vilis Western Žemaičių from Latinized Germanic Vilhelmus, Guilielmus from Germanic Williheim: olden time German Aukštaičių word willo "valia, noras" [will, wish]+ helm "šalmas" [helmet, protection].
  • Vilija[POST 259]  Vilija (1) Lithuanian, short form Vilė taken from the name of the River Vilija -"antro Neries vardo" The River Neris's second name. Rising in Belarus to the north of the Nemunas River, flows west into the Nemunas River, which empties into the Baltic Sea. There is a poem: BLUE SISTER, RIVER VILIJA http://www.efn.org/~valdas/neris.html
  • Vincentas [POST 64] (2) from Latin, short form Vincas; dialect Vincentas Western and Southern Aukštaičių, Žemaičių, Vincė Žemaičių, Vincus, Vinca Southern Aukštaičių [Dzūkų], Vincas,Vinca Eastern Aukštaičių from Latinized Vincentius / Vincens: Latin vincens (Genative vincentis) "nugalintis"
  • Vitalija [POST #4] From Latin, short form, Vitalė,Vita, Vitė from Latin Vitalia, from the male Vitalis
  • Vitas [POST 51} (2) Latin; From Latin Vitus: Latin word vita "life," Lithuanian "gyvenimas"
  • Vytautas [POST 46] [POST 76] (1) Lithuanian, short form Vytas, Vytis; dialect Vytė Žemaičių vy from vyd [see Vydgailas] + taut [see Vaištautas]; Viti "ginti, varyti" translates to defend, protect; drive. Tauta translates to people, nation. Adding the two may equate to " defender of the people" [nation]
  • Vytuolis, Vytolis [POST 185] (2) From lithuanian, short form Vytas, vytis, suffix -uolis derivative from olden times short form Vytas, which is from first names begining with Vy-t-: Vytaras, Vytartas, Vytautas; use spread from the poem by I. Kraševskius "Vytolio ruada" [The Lament of Vytolis]
  • Vladislovas [POST 272]  (1) from Slavic; olden time variation Vladislavas (1), short formVladas, Vladys, Ladas, Ladys; dialect Vladis, Bladas, Bladis, Bladė, Bladžius Žemaižių, Vladzius Western Aukštaičių, Ladzys, Ladzius Eastern Aukštaičių(Laičiai); from Polish Wladyslaw or Czech Vladislav, which is olden time Slavic Vladislavb (Church Latin Vladislaus, Ladislaus):olden time Slavic word valdi "valdyk"+ slava "šlove" = translates to rule with glory. 

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