Gender: Male
Origin: Latin
Meaning “stammerer”
Eng (BLAZE); Fre (BLEZ)

The name is derived from the Roman name Blasius which is derived from the Latin blaesus meaning “stammerer.”

The name was borne by a popular early Christian martyr of Armenia. He was a bishop who was beaten to death by hot irons. In the Middle Ages, the saint’s feast day of February 3rd was designated for the blessing of the throat. It was popularly believed that the saint was responsible for curing illness of the throat. The name is also borne by French philosopher, Blaise Pascal.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Barsegh (Armenian)
  • Blaž (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian/Slovenian)
  • Blaes/Bleas (Breton)
  • Blazey (Cornish)
  • Biasgiu (Corsican)
  • Vlaho (Croatian)
  • Blażej (Czech)
  • Brais (Galician)
  • Vlasios/Vlasis (Greek Modern)
  • Balázs (Hungarian: buh-LAHS)
  • Biagio (Italian: diminutive form is Biagino which is occasionally used as an independent name)
  • Blasius (Latin/German)
  • Blażiejus/Blażys (Lithuanian)
  • Błażej(Polish: bWOn-ZHAY; ˈbwaʐɛj ).
  • Bras (Portuguese)
  • Blesi (Romansch)
  • Vlasi (Russian)
  • Blas (Spanish)

Feminine forms include:

  • Biagia (Italian: diminutive form is Biagina)
  • Blasia (Late Latin and Italian: Blasiola is a diminutive form)