given name "Slawa"? #names #poland

Lee Jaffe

I was wondering if anyone can shed any light on the given name "Slawa."  In particular I'm wondering if it is a nickname for another name, say a Polish equivalent for a Jewish name. 

I'm researching my 3x great-grandmother Slawa Brodowicz Ludwinowska (b. 1800?, Wizajny, Suwalki, Poland), exploring any and all avenues to identify her parents.  We find many records for her under this name in JRI-Poland databases, most associated with births and marriages of her 9 children.  Three of these records identify a possible father, and these are contradictory.  I thought we might be able to expand our search options if we could identify other possible names she may have used and allow us to find a birth or marriage record with further information about her parents.

Red herrings: We know there is a town Slawa about 200 miles away, but we have no indication that's where the family originated (nor does it seem likely she'd be named for the town).  We also understand that the w would be pronounced as a v and that Slava is a common nickname in Eastern Europe and Russia, almost exclusively shortening masculine names (e.g. Stanislav).  One exception is a musician whose real given name is Anastasia.  There is also an "deviant" (her term)  artist called Slawa, but I cannot determine her actual name. 

Instead, we're hoping the wisdom of the list can help us identify a Polish-derivation of a Hebrew or Yiddish name (e.g. Yitzhak > Ick).  Perhaps members have family members called "Slawa" where it was a nickname for another name you can share with us.  

Thank you for your assistance,

Lee Jaffe
Sadye Stein < Ella Braun < Rywka Ludwinowka < Slawa Brodowicz?


It is a short form of BRONISLAVA.
BrOnja ist a one possibility to be called. And SlAva the second one. 
With an another stress the word BronjA means armor. And Slava means glory.
BRONISLAVA means the glory of the armor.
It is a beautiful russian name.



Sława is short from either Władysława, Bronisława or Stanisława. These are Polish female names, not Russian. 


One of my great aunts was called Slawe on her manifest and other early documents. She came to the US from Belarus (Grodno gubernia) in the 1890s. Her English name was Celia.

Rich Meyersburg
Laurel, MD


I forgot another Polish name - Zdzisława. Zdzisia or Sława is a short form of it.


Many Russian names end with -slav.
For example the two famous musicians Sviatoslav Richter and Mstislav Rastropovich.
Slava is a short form for any of these.
Shay Meyer, Rehovot, Israel.

Madeleine Isenberg

From my collection of births in parts of Slovakia, somewhat south of Galicia, Slawa, written in Hebrew letters as either, סלאווא or סלאווע appears to have been a given "holy name"  for someone with the following secular names: Szeren, Sali, Charlotte (Lotti).  It was not a common name, occurring only 7 times out of my almost 6000 list of births.

Hope this helps a bit,
Madeleine Isenberg
Beverly Hills, CA
Researching: GOLDMAN, STEINER, LANGER, GLUECKSMAN, STOTTER in various parts of Galicia, Poland
(Nowy Targ, Nowy Sanz, Wachsmund, Dembno, Lapuszna, Krakow, Ochotnica) who migrated into Kezmarok or
nearby towns in northern Slovakia and Czech Republic (i.e., those who lived/had businesses in Moravska Ostrava);
GOLDSTEIN in Sena or Szina, Szkaros and Kosice, Slovakia; Tolcsva and Tokaj, Hungary.

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

Slava is related to Slav, the people of Eastern Europe today. There are lots of -slav names for men and women, and the names were common in Slavic areas. So Slava was a common name. The name is also related to 'slave', as the Romans enslaved the Slavs and took them back to Rome and other places.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ.