- Vadim is a Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Slovene, Bulgarian and Macedonian masculine given name derived either from the Persian badian (anise or aniseed), or from the ancient Ruthenian word volod (Russian: волод), meaning to rule or vaditi (Russian: вадити), meaning to blame. Its long version, Vadimir, is now obsolete. This given name is highly popular in Russia (as Vadim), Ukraine (as Vadym), Belarus (as Vadzim), Moldova, Slovenia, Macedonia and Bulgaria.
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