(Cz: lYOO-bah; Rus: lYOO-buf)
Ljuba is a fairly common female name found throughout the Eastern and Southern Slavic countries, it comes directly from the Slavic element, lyub, meaning, “love.”
There is a Russian counterpart, Lyubov and its diminutives include: Lyubasha, Lyubochka, Lubava, Luban, Lyubasya, Lyubchik, Lyubaha and Lyubonka.
Another Russian/Ukrainian feminine form is Luba Люба, sometimes transliterated as Lyuba.
A vernacular Polish form, though very rarely used these days, is Miłość (mee-WOSHCHE)
Designated name-days are: September 18 (Bulgaria).
Designated name-days are: February 16 (Czech Republic), July 16 (Czech Republic), September 24 (Slovakia).
Other forms of the name include:
- Ljubana/Ljubica (Croatian)
- Ljuba (Czech/Slovak/Slovene)
- Miłość (Polish)
- Ljubinka (Serbian)
- L’ubica (Slovak)
- Ljubka (Slovene)
Masculine forms include: the Czech/Slovak Luboš and the Serbian Ljubinko.