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The Multiple Origins Which Contribute To Russian Names The Russian word for name is (imya).  A complete Russian imya consists of one given name, a patronym, followed by a family name. Although Russian names usually only consist of one given name, numerous diminutives arise and are situationally or intimacy dependent. For instance, the feminine name, Anastasiya, has multiple variants: Stasya, Nastenka, Tasya, Nastya, and many more. Most Russian names are directly derived from multiple origins and many others have been ‘borrowed’ into the Russian language by other various means. Still other Russian names have been altered depending on the difference in transcriptions into a foreign language. Some origin sources used in Russian naming customs include Hebrew language (The Bible), Saint Names, Greek Myths, Hebrew Origins Interestingly, one of the most commonly used male baby names in Russia is Ivan derived from the Greek from the Hebrew yochanan which means ‘God is gracious’.  Many variants are also relatively popular, such as Vanek, Ivanko, Vanya, Vanyusha, Van’ka, and Vanusha. Saint Names Eastern Orthodox traditional saint names are common sources for Russian given names. Many are often Greek in origin. Slavic Names Modern naming customs have begun using late century Slavic Names for babies. They rank similarly with other European nations in popularity for names in this category. Greek Mythological Origins Greek mythology deity names and words are typical sources for Russian names.  Agaphya (f) is taken from the Greek word “agape” which is an unconditional, God love.  Agnessa (f) from the Greek agnos “chaste, pure” derived from the another Greek word agathos which means “good”. Alla (f) meaning “the other one”, Alexander or Sasha (m) from alexin (Grk) “protector of men”, and Anastasia (f) taken from anastasis (Grk)“resurrection” are other examples for popular Russian names taken from the Greek mythological names. Variants, Diminutives, & Transcription Diminutives, spelling variations, diversity in transcriptions into other languages, and additional innuances also contribute to the diversity for Russian given names. A single name can render numerous variants dependent upon the transcription. For example Dmitri, Dmitrii, or Dimitriy are all derived from the Russian name, Dimitry from the Greek god, Demeter. Another variant of the same Russian name is Demitri continues to rise in U.S. and French popularity every year. The table below lists some common suffix usage in Russian names which provides helpful information for deciphering the endless variants for their given names. Name       -yen’k f- affectionate suffix   Mashen’ka, Shashen’ka, Kolen’ka -yun f- affectionate suffix   Kolyunya -ya f – “a or ?” – diminutive form   Katya, Olya, Mariya, Kseniya ‘ka m – colloquial variants   Van’ka (fr Vanya) -ka f – colloquial variants   Sashka (fr Shasa) -ov (-ova) m (f)- Russian surname suffix     -in (-ina) m (f) – Russian surname suffix   Putin -ev (-eva) m (f) – Russian surname suffix   Kornekoeva -sky, (-skaya) or -skiy m (f) – Russian surname suffix     -ych *patronymic abbreviation for close friend   Ivanych (fr Ivanovich) Vy (Vy) formal name address singular (plural)   Vy Vladimir Putin ty (vy) informal name address singlular (plural)   ty Shaska * Illyich (fr Lenin) Never abbreviated Surnames Majority of surnames in Russia were products derived from personal names, such as Vasilyev “Vasiliy’s son”. Many Russian last names originated from craft or professions of the first bearers. For example the name, Kuznetsov literally means “Smith’s son” in Russian. Others come from bird or animal names, like Korovin which is a possessive adjective for  “cow”. A famous error in transliteration typical to spelling changes or omissions is in the French Smirnoff brand name (misspelling of Smirnov). A full 3-name form is required for all babies born in Russia, Belarus, and the Ukraine. However, in casual communication it’s hardly ever used in full. Media coverage for Russian leaders utilizes the entire 3-name form. Usually, 1 or 2 names are used. Famous Russians Dmitriy Mendeleev, the Russian chemist who designed the periodic table for the study of chemistry. Ivan IV from the 16th century, the first Russian tsar, affectionately known as Ivan the Terrible. How To Say Russian Letters From The Cyrillic Alphabet The Russian language is written using the Cyrillic alphabet, as well as Ukrainian, Macedonian, Mongolian, Bulgarian, Kazakh, and sometimes Serbian. The Phoenician Alphabet is the parent of many alphabets, including the Latin and Greek alphabets from which was derived the Cyrillic alphabet. The table below lists the Cyrillic alphabet letters and approximate English sound.

Д, д
d

Б, б
b

Ф, ф
f

В, в
v

Р, р
r

Ж, ж
zh

Н, н
n

И, и
i, y

У, у
u

Ц, ц
ts

Г, г
g, h

Ш, ш
sh

Ч, ч
ch

Я, я
ya

Ю, ю
yu

П, п
p

Л, л
l

С, с
s

Ы, ы
y

З, з
z, e

Щ, щ
shch, sht

Х, х
kh, h

Ё, ё
yo

 

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Jalene Russian Shining light. A form of Helen
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Verge Russian True,
Truth
Owns four acres of land
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Vanna Russian Sea urchin; Fulfillment
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Dash Russian Page Boy
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Varden Russian Green slope
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Anastacia Russian Resurrection.
Resurrection; The daughter of the last tsar of Russia who was killed with the rest of her family and small dog by the Bolsheviks in 1918. In 1920, a Polish peasant girl with a striking resemblance to Anastasia claimed her identity. It wasn''t until her death and subsequent DNA testing that she was identified accurately as an imposter. Disney pictures animated this true story in the film
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Avel Russian Breath
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Demetri Russian Covering of earth, Of Demeter, goddes of fertility. The masculine form of Demetria.
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Evgenia Russian Well born,
Russian form of Eugenia noble
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Georges Russian - Boy Shortlist
Lara Russian Famous, shining; Lara was a mythological Roman nymph who betrayed the love affair of Jupiter and Juturna, and was struck speechless as a result.,
Popular Russian nickname for Larissa
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PASHA Russian To Pass Over, Born on Easter
Small. A form of Paul.
Born on Good Friday
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Lev Russian He heard. The short form of names starting with 'Lev'.
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Mara Russian Bitter. The biblical Naomi claimed the name Mara as an expression of grief after the deaths of her husband and sons. Also variant of Mary and abbreviation of Tamara.,
Bitter; The biblical Naomi claimed the name Mara as an expression of grief after the deaths of her husband and sons. Mara is also a variant of Mary and abbreviation of Tamara.,
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Zach Russian The Lord has remembered.
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Kirsi Russian Amaranth Blossoms
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Lazar Russian God will help.
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Zizi Russian - Girl Shortlist
LEONE Russian Lioness; feminine form of Leon
Bold lion
Lion
Like A Lion
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Gin Russian Russian Princess
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Mura Russian - Boy Shortlist
Maxim Russian - Boy Shortlist
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Tisha Russian A form of Aisha, alive and well.
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Viveca Russian Conqueror,
Victor
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Viho Russian Cheyenne name meaning ' chief.'
True,
Faith.
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Yamka Russian Russian form of Helen light
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Miroslav Russian Peace, Glory.
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AFANASIY Russian Russian form of ATHANASIUS
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AFANASY Russian Variant transcription of AFANASIY
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AGAFYA Russian Russian form of AGAPE
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AGLAYA Russian Russian form of AGLAIA
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ANIELKA Russian - Girl Shortlist
ARKADIY Russian - Boy Shortlist
ILYA Russian The Lord is my God; variant of Elijah
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Nadie Russian Wise (Algonquin)
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Raisa Russian Easy, light
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SEZJA Russian Protector
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Yuri Russian Youthful; form of Julius and family clan name of several powerful Roman emperors. In the New Testament, Roman centurion Julius saved Paul's life during a hazardous voyage.
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ZASHA Russian Defender of humandkind. A feminine form of Sasha and Alexander.
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Alena Russian Russian form of Helen meaning light, or diminutive of Adelina meaning of the nobility
Light; variant of Aileen,
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Bohdan Russian God's gift; from Slavonic words ,
God's gift; from Slavonic words
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Burian Russian Dwells near the weeds
Lives near the weeds,
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DUSCHA Russian - Girl Shortlist
Evelina Russian Life; originally a surname and masculine name, but became popular as a feminine name in the late nineteenth century
Italian form of Evelyn gives life
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Lala Russian Tulip,
Cheerful, happy; variant of Larissa, Laura, and Laraine,
Tulip,
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Mikhail Russian Who is like the Lord; An archangel of Jewish and Christian scripture, Michael is portrayed as a warrior and leader of heaven'''s armies who defeats and casts out the dragon in the Book of Revelation. Michael has been such a popular name throughout history that a list of famous Michaels would contain hundreds of individuals, including emperors, politicians, writers, poets, actors, sports heroes, and more.
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NIKA Russian - Boy Shortlist
Oleg Russian - Boy Shortlist
Stanislav Russian Military glory
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