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- The name Ivan is a newer form of the old Slavic name Іѡаннъ [Io'annə], which was derived from Greek Ioannes. It was borne by ten emperors of Bulgaria. Other notable bearers include the Ivan is a common name in Bulgaria as well, with many a famous Bulgarian bearing it, such as the writer Ivan Vazov, hailed as "patriarch of Bulgarian literature" as well as St Ivan of Rila, a 9th century saint. This was also the name of six Russian rulers, including the 15th-century Ivan III the Great and 16th-century Ivan IV the Terrible, the first tsar of Russia. Russian author Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883), who wrote 'Fathers and Sons', and the Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936), who is best known for his discovery of the conditioned reflex.
- Volkov is a Russian surname, from волк [volk] ("wolf") and the -ov patronymic suffix. Volkov with slightly different spelling in Russian means a wizard of sorts. Across the countries of the former Soviet Union it is somewhat common. In Bulgaria the typical version of the name is Вълков ['Vəlkov], from the Bulgarian word for "wolf", вълк [vəlk].
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- This character is known only by his surname in the books. His first name is given as "Ivan" on a Famous Wizard Card in the Nintendo DS video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game) (NDS edition) (Appears on a Famous Wizard Card)
- Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup