Gender: Masculine
Origin: Russian Руслан
Meaning: uncertain

The name is of uncertain origin or meaning but is believed to be of Turkic origins. It has sometimes been connected with the Turkish male name, Arslan (lion).

It was first used by Alexander Pushkin for his 1820 epic fairytale romance and poem, Ruslan & Ludmila.

The name has been used throughout Russia and Central Asia since.

It is currently the 18th most popular male name in Kazakhstan, (2010).

The feminine form is Ruslana.