Slav late 14c., Sclave, from M.L. Sclavus (c.800), from Byzantine Gk. Sklabos (c.580), from O.C.S. Sloveninu "a Slav," probably related to slovo "word, speech," which suggests the name originally meant member of a speech community (Cf. O.C.S. Nemici "Germans," related to nemu "dumb;" and Cf. O.E. þeode, which meant both "race" and "language"). Identical with the -slav in personal names (e.g. Rus. Miroslav, lit. "peaceful fame;" MSTISLAV (Cf. Mstislav), lit. "vengeful fame;" Jaroslav, lit. "famed for fury;" Czech Bohuslav, lit. "God's glory;" and Cf. WENCESLAS (Cf. Wenceslas)). Spelled Slave c.1788-1866, influenced by French and Ger. Slave.

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