Origin of the name VASILIS.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name VASILIS.
VASILIS (Βασίλης). Greek
form of Basil
(q.v.), meaning "kingly." Usage: Albania, Greece,
Papakonstantinou, a Greek singer.
... With Feodor's death murders
became rife on the Russian throne. They were originated by the Czarina
Sophia, and were made a lasting institution by Peter the Great.
Feodor wished to have as his successor, not his second
brother Ivan, but Peter, who was the youngest. Peter's succession was
backed up by the Narishkins, for Peter was born of Alexis's second wife, née
Narishkin. But Vasilis Galitzin, Feodor's favourite, did not wish to
give up power, and made a coup de'état in favour of the Princess
Sophia, who was his mistress... (Tragic
Russia, Gasiorowski-Busancy, 1908).