Mystery Monday: Hleb

Every Monday we will post an entry that hasn’t yet been published with a view towards harnessing the collective onomastic power of the internet. If you have any thoughts about the name’s origin, other variants it might be related to, other examples of its use, etc., please share them in the comments! If you wish to browse other Mystery Monday names, there is an index.

Today’s name is found in a record that comes from a place in modern day Ukraine, and turns up as a rarish surname and given name in modern Belarusian:


This is definitely something of Slavic origin, which means most of the info out there is in the Cyrillic alphabet…which none of the DMNES staff are experts in.

Do you have any pointers for our research? Any insider intel? Please share in the comments!


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2 responses to “Mystery Monday: Hleb

  1. Brian M. Scott

    For what it’s worth, Russian хлеб (khleb) and Ukrainian хліб khlib are ‘bread’, both cognate with English loaf.

  2. Jörg Knappen

    That name is an extant modern name, it is cognate to Russian Gleb and of Germanic Viking origin, borrowed from Guðleifr, which was derived from the elements guð “god” and leifr “heir”.

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