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The real life Vlad the Impaler (or Wladislaus Dragwlya, as he signed his name), was born in 1431 and died in either 1476 or 1477. Bram Stoker's fictionalized Dracula seems to be based more on the German 15th century manuscripts which focused on Vlad "the Impaler" Dracula's cruelty rather than the Russian accounts from the same period, which portrayed him more positively as a strong leader. 
Vlad the Impaler earned the name Drakula or Dragwlya from his father and the name meant little dragon or son of a dragon or son of Drakul  . His father was given the name Drakul because he belonged to the Order of the Dragon. The name Drakul came from the Romanian "drac" which originally mean "dragon" but later came to mean "devil."  (Vaudree (talk) 23:04, January 6, 2016 (UTC))
User:Rodolphus User:Rodolpus Lestrange - I don't know his species in the HP universe, but Vlad the Impaler is commonly seen a the first vampire in other fiction. In the HP world the guy in the real world is known to be Vlad the Impaler's father is listed as a vampire. Yes, tricky!! (Vaudree (talk) 23:09, January 6, 2016 (UTC))