Gender: Masculine
Origin: German
Meaning: “famous ruler.”

The name is supposedly a direct translation of the Slavic male name, Vladimir, the former being composed of the Germanic elements, wald (ruler) and meri (famous).

The name was introduced into the Germanic world by the 12-century Danish King Valdemar, who was named for a Ukrainian ancestor. The name was subsequently borne by several Danish kings and has been found among German and Swedish royalty.

As of 2010, Valdemar was the 33rd most popular male name in Denmark.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Waldemar (Dutch/Czech/German/Polish/Scandinavian)
  • Valdemar (Finnish/Scandinavian)
  • Valdemár (Hungarian)
  • Valdemaro (Italian)
  • Voldemārs (Latvian)
  • Valdis (Latvian)
  • Valdemaras (Lithuanian)
  • Voldemaras (Lithuanian)
  • Valdas (Lithuanian)
  • Waldomar (Old High German)
  • Valdimárr (Old Norse)

Polish diminutives are: Waldek and Walduś