TOP 200 Russian Names For Boys And Girls: Origin, Meaning, Variations And Pronunciation

Russian Names

If you’re looking for a strong and meaningful name for your baby, Russian names are a great choice for you. Also, Russian names for children are now very relevant and important for parents who have emigrated to other countries, but want to preserve their nationality, culture and traditions in their children.

Traditional Russian names consist of a first name, a patronymic name [1], and a surname. Patronymic names are used to show respect – usually to people who are superior in rank or older. The patronymic name is made from the father’s name with different endings added for boys and girls: OVNA and EVNA for women; and OVICH and EVICH for men. For example, Mikhailovna and Sergeevna for females; Mikhailovich and Sergeevich for males. 

Today, all Russian names are mostly borrowed. Originally, there were very few Russian Slavic names or they were outdated. In most cases, Russian names have Greek roots because the country officially adopted Christianity in 988 [2].

Also, an interesting fact is that many Russian names have turned into very common Russian surnames [3]. For example: Peter-Petrov, Ivan-Ivanov, Boris-Borisov, etc. 

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TOP 100 Russian Boy Names

Do you think a Russian name might be right for your son? We can help you find the perfect Russian boy name for your child. 

Popular Russian Boy Names

The following Russian baby names are very popular in the country of Russia. All those male names have great meanings, offering you a lot of good names to choose from.

1. Aleksandr 

How to pronounce:  ah-leyk-SAHNDR
Origin: Ancient Greek  Ἀλέξανδρος
Meaning:Men’s Defender
Female Version of the name:Aleksandra
Alternative spelling: Sasha, Alex, Shurik, Sanya
Variations in other languages:Alexander (USA, Great Britain, Germany), Alessandro (Italy), Alejandro (Spain), Oleksandr (Ukraine), Iskander (Turkey)
Famous Persons: Aleksandr Pushkin is a famous Russian poet. 

2. Alexei

How to pronounce: ah-leyk-SYEY
Origin: Ancient Greek Ἀλέξιος
Meaning:Defender or Warrior
Female Version of the name:Alexina
Alternative spelling: Alyosha, Lyosha, Lyoha
Variations in other languages:  Alexis (English), Alessio (Spanish), Olexij (Ukrainian), Alexius (German)
Famous Persons: Tsesarevich Alexei of the House of Romanov (Alexei Nikolaevich), the last prince of the Russian Empire.  

3. Anatoly

How to pronounce: a-na-TO-liy
OriginAncient Greek ἀνατολικός
Female Version of the name:Anatolia
Meaning:Eastern; From the east rising sun; Sunrise
Alternative spelling: Tolik, Tolya
Variations in other languages:  Anatolio (Spanish, Italian), Anatol (German, Polish), Anatole (French)
Famous Persons: Anatoly Lyadov was a famous Russian composer and conductor.   

4. Andrei 

How to pronounce: ahn-DRYEY
Origin: Ancient Greek Ἀνδρέας
Meaning:Manly, brave
Alternative spelling: Andryusha, Andryuha
Variations in other languages:  Andrew/Andy/ Drew (English), Andrzej (Polish), André (French), Andrés (Spanish), Andriy (Ukrainian)
Famous Persons: Andrei Rubliov was a famous Russian icon painter. One of the greatest medieval Russian painters of Orthodox Christian icons.Andrei Tarkovsky was a famous Soviet Russian film director. 

5. Anton

How to pronounce: ahn-TON
Origin: Latin Antonius
Meaning:Competitor, withstand, someone who is entering the battle
Female Version of the name:Antonina, Antoniya
Alternative spelling: Antoha, Toha, Antoshka, Tosha
Variations in other languages:  Anthony/Tony (English), Antonio (Spanish, Italian), Antoniusz (Polish)
Famous Persons: Anton Chekhov was a famous Russian playwright and short story writer.
Interesting Fact:According to some, the name Anton means “priceless”,  “flower”.

6. Artyom

How to pronounce: ahr-TYOM
Origin: Ancient Greek Ἀρτεμής
Meaning:Unharmed, of pure health
Female Version of the name:Artemia, Artemida
Alternative spelling: Tyoma, Artyomka, Artemiy
Variations in other languages:  Artemio (Spanish, Italian), Artem (Ukrainian)
Famous Persons: Artyom Mikoyan is a Soviet Armenian aircraft designer.
Interesting Fact:Associated with the name of the ancient Greek goddess of the hunt, Artemis.

7. Artur

How to pronounce: ahr-TOOR
Origin: Celtic
Meaning:Presumably derived from the Welsh word “arth”, which translates to “bear.” “Art-ur” (old spelling – “Arto-uiros”) – “man-bear”, “bear-like”
Alternative spelling: Arturka
Variations in other languages:  Arthur (English, French), Arturo (Spanish, Italian)
Famous Persons: Artur Rubinstein was a famous Polish-American pianist.
Interesting Fact:The main image associated with the name – as well as the reason for its popularity (distribution) – is the legendary King Arthur.

8. Daniil

How to pronounce: gah-nee-EEL
Origin: Biblical, ancient hebrew דניאל (private name of prophet Daniel)
Meaning:God my judge
Female Version of the name:Daniela
Alternative spelling: Danila, Danil, Danya
Variations in other languages:  Daniel/Dan/Danny (English), Danylo (Ukrainian), Daniel/Dani/Danis (French), Daniele (Italian)
Famous Persons: Daniil Kharms was a famous Soviet-era avant-garde poet, writer, and dramatist.

9.  David 

How to pronounce: dah-VEED
Origin: Ancient hebrew [4] ‏דָּוִד
Meaning:Friend, beloved, loved, favorite
Alternative spelling: Davidka 
Variations in other languages:  Davud/ Davut (In Islamic tradition), David (most european languages) 
Famous Persons: David Bowie is a British singer, composer and songwriter.
Interesting Fact:David is the most famous sculpture created by the Italian artist Michelangelo. 

10.  Denis 

How to pronounce: dye-NEES
Origin: Ancient Greek, Διονύσιος
Meaning:Dedicated to Dionysus
Alternative spelling: Deniska, Dionisy
Variations in other languages:  Denys (Ukrainian), Dénes (Hungarian), Denis (French)
Famous Persons: Denis Fonvizin was a famous Russian playwright and writer. One of the founders of the comedy genre in Russia.  
Interesting Fact:Dionysus is the Greek god of the grape harvest, wine, wine-making, vegetation, insanity, and festivities.  

11. Dmitry 

How to pronounce: dmeet-REYH
Origin: Old Greek Δημήτριος
Meaning:Dedicated to the goddess Demeter
Alternative spelling: Dima, Dimulya, Demitry, Mitya
Variations in other languages:  Dmytro (Ukrainian), Demetriusz/ Demetrius/ Dymitr (Polish), Demetrio (Spanish, Italian)
Famous Persons: Dmitry Bortniansky was a famous Russian and Ukrainian composer, harpsichordist, and conductor.
Interesting Fact:Demeter is the Greek Goddess of the harvest, earth, grain, and fertility [5]. 

12.  Eduard 

How to pronounce: e-doo-AHRD
Origin: Ancient English Ēadweard
Meaning:Guardian of wealth, happiness, prosperity
Alternative spelling: Edik, Ed
Variations in other languages:  Edward (English), Eduardo (Spanish), Edoardo (Italian)
Famous Persons: Eduard Uspensky was a famous Soviet and Russian children’s writer and poet.

13.  Evgeny 

How to pronounce: yev-GYE-neey
Origin: Ancient Greek εὐγενής
Female Version of the name:Evgeniya
Alternative spelling: Zhenya, Evgesha
Variations in other languages:  Eugen (German), Eugeniusz (Polish), Eugène (French), Eugene (English)
Famous Persons: Evgeny Leonov was a famous Soviet Russian actor of the cinema and theatre.

14.  Fyodor

How to pronounce: FYO-dohr
Origin: Ancient Greek Θεόδωρος
Meaning:A God-given, gift of God
Female Version of the name:Feodora
Alternative spelling: Fedya, Feder
Variations in other languages:  Theodore/ Theo/ Ted/ Teddy (English), Teodoro (Spanish, Italian), Fedir (Ukrainian)
Famous Persons: Fyodor Dostoevsky was a famous Russian novelist, philosopher, short story writer, and essayist. 

15.  Filipp

How to pronounce: fee-LEAP
Origin: Ancient Greek Φίλιππος
Meaning:He loves horses. A fan of horse riding.
Female Version of the name:Filippa
Alternative spelling: Filya
Variations in other languages:  Felipe (Spanish), Pylyp (Ukrainian) , Philip (Many European Languages)
Famous Persons: Filipp Malyavin was a famous Russian painter. A representative of modernism, impressionism and expressionism.
Interesting Fact:In ancient Greece, horse ownership was considered a symbol of high status and nobility, so the name can also be interpreted as meaning “noble”.

16. Gennady

How to pronounce: geh-NAH-deey
Origin: Ancient Greek Γεννάδιος
Meaning:Noble, of noble origin
Alternative spelling: Gena, Gesha
Variations in other languages:    Genādijs (Latvian), Genadiusz (Polish)
Famous Persons: Gennady Rozhdestvensky is a famous Soviet and Russian conductor. 

17.  Georgy

How to pronounce: geh-ORH-geey
Origin: Ancient Greek Γεώργιος
Female Version of the name:Georgina
Alternative spelling: Gosha, Zhora, Georg
Variations in other languages:  George (English), Jorge (Spanish), Giorgio (Italian), Erzy (Polish)
Interesting Fact:In ancient Greek mythology, “Georgos” is one of the epithets (synonyms) of Zeus, who was considered the main patron of agriculture.

18. Grigory

How to pronounce: gree-GO-reey
Origin: Ancient Greek γρηγορέω 
Female Version of the name:Grigoriya
Alternative spelling: Grisha, Grishka
Variations in other languages:  Gregory/ Greg (English), Grégoire (French), Gregorio (Spanish, Portugalian, Italian), Gregor (German) 
Famous Persons: Grigory Rasputin was a famous Russian mystic. 
Interesting Fact:In Christian Russia, the name could be used metaphorically to emphasize the personal qualities of a person, his “real Christianity.”In the 19th century, it was the most common name in Russia.

19.  Kirill

How to pronounce: keeh-REEHL
Origin: Ancient Greek Κύριλλος
Meaning:Master, lord, ruler
Female Version of the name:Kira
Alternative spelling: Kirilka, Kiriusha, Kir
Variations in other languages:  Cyril/ Cy (English), Cirillo (Italian)
Famous Persons: Kirill Razumovsky was the last Hetman of Zaporozhian Host. Count of Russia Empire. 
Interesting Fact:The name ‘Kir’ can be an independent name.

20. Konstantin

How to pronounce: kohn-stahn-TEEN
Origin: Latin Constantius
Meaning:Constant, firm
Alternative spelling: Kostya, Kostik
Variations in other languages:Constantino (Spanish, Italian), Kostiantyn (Ukrainian) 
Famous Persons: Konstantin Paustovsky is a famous Soviet Russian writer.

21. Leonid

How to pronounce: lye-o-NEED
Origin: Ancient Greek Λεωνίδας
Meaning:A descendant of Leo
Female Version of the name:Leonida
Alternative spelling: Lyonya, Lyoka
Variations in other languages:Léonide (French), Leonidas/ Leo (Spain) 
Famous Persons: Leonid Brezhnev is a famous Soviet politician. Former leader of the USSR.
Interesting Fact:In antiquity, the name spread due to the glory of the Spartan king, Leonidas I.

22. Maksim/ Maxim

How to pronounce: mak-SEEM
Origin: Latin Maximus
Meaning:The great, The greatest
Female Version of the name:Maksima
Alternative spelling: Maks, Maksimka
Variations in other languages:Maxim/ Max (English), Massimo (Italian), Máximo (Spanish), Maxime (French)
Famous Persons: Maxim Gorky is a famous Russian and Soviet writer.
Interesting Fact:In antiquity, it was considered an aristocratic name, but in tsarist Russia, on the contrary, it was popular among simple classes.

23. Mikhail

How to pronounce: meeh-khah-EEL
Origin: Ancient Hebrew ‏מִיכָאֵל
Meaning:Who is like God? 
Alternative spelling: Misha, Mishka, Miha
Variations in other languages:Michael (English), Miguel (Spanish), Michele (Italian), Michał (Polish), Mykhaylo (Ukrainian)
Famous Persons: Mikhail Lermontov is a famous Russian poet. 
Interesting Fact:Among Muslims, there is controversy over whether calling children by this name is a sin, since Michael is an angel in Islam [6].

24. Nikita

How to pronounce: neeh-KEE-tah
Origin: Ancient Greek Νικήτας 
Alternative spelling: Nikitka
Variations in other languages:Mykyta (Ukrainian)
Famous Persons: Nikita Mikhalkov is a famous Russian director and actor. 

25. Nikolay

How to pronounce: nee-koh-LAY
Origin: Ancient Greek Νῑκόλαος
Meaning:victory of the people
Female Version of the name:Nicole
Alternative spelling: Kolya, Nikola
Variations in other languages:Nicholas/ Nick/ Collin/ Col/ Klaus (English), Nicola/ Nicolo (Italian), Mykola (Ukrainian)
Famous Persons: Nikolay II was the Emperor of Russia.
Interesting Fact:Saint Nikolay/Klaus is a legendary character in Western Christian culture who brings gifts on Christmas Eve.

26. Nazar

How to pronounce: nah-ZAHR
Origin: Ancient Hebrew נָזַר
Meaning:Dedicated to God
Alternative spelling: Nazarka
Variations in other languages:Nazario (Spanish, Italian), Nazaire (French), Nazariy (Ukrainian)
Interesting Fact:In Muslim countries, this name is also common, but with the meaning of “keen-sighted, far-sighted”, as well as “stone from the evil eye”.

27. Pavel

How to pronounce: PAH-vyel
Origin: Latin Paulus 
Meaning:Cute, Small
Female Version of the name:Pavla
Alternative spelling: Pasha, Pavlik, Pavlusha
Variations in other languages:Paul (English), Pavlo (Ukrainian), Pablo (Spanish), Paolo (Italy), Pavlo (Ukrainian)
Famous Persons: Pavel Tretyakov is a famous Russian art patron, collector, and philanthropist. Founder of the Tretyakov Gallery. 
Interesting Fact:In respect of Pavel, one of the most common surnames was formed: Pavlov [7].

28. Roman

How to pronounce: roh-MAHN
Origin: Latin Romanus
Meaning:Roman, piligrim to Rome
Female Version of the name:Romana
Alternative spelling: Roma, Romka
Variations in other languages:Romanos (Spanish), Romario/ Romeo (Italian), Romain (French)
Famous Persons: Roman Tyrtov (pseudonym Erté) was a famous Russian-born French artist and designer. 
Interesting Fact:The Romanovs were the royal family of the Russian empire after the Rurik dynasty. ‘Romanov’ is a popular Russian surname [8]. 

29. Ruslan 

How to pronounce: roos-LAHN
Origin: Turkic Arslan
Female Version of the name:Ruslana
Alternative spelling: Rusya, Rusik
Variations in other languages:Aryslan (Tatarian)
Interesting Fact:The name became especially popular in Russia after Pushkin’s poem “Ruslan and Lyudmila”.

30. Sergey 

How to pronounce: syer-GYEY 
Origin: Latin Sergius
Meaning:Highly respected
Alternative spelling: Serega, Serezhka, Serzh
Variations in other languages:Serge (French), Sergio (Spanish, Italian), Sergiusz (Polish)
Famous Persons: Sergey Bezrukov is a famous Russian actor. 
Interesting Fact:Some believe that the name Sergei could come from the Latin “servi dei”, which translates as “Servant of God”.

31.  Stepan 

How to pronounce: stye-PAHN
Origin: Ancient Greek Στέφανος
Meaning:A wreath, a crown, a tiara
Female Version of the name:Stefania
Alternative spelling: Styopa
Variations in other languages:Steven/ Stephen/ Stephan/ Steve (English), Stefano (Italian), Étienne (French), Szczepan/ Stefan (Polish)
Famous Persons: Stefan Zweig was a famous Austrian novelist, playwright, and journalist. 
Interesting Fact:In Ancient Greek mythology, the wreath (or diadem) is a traditional attribute of the goddess Hera. Therefore, the appearance of the name Stepan/Stefan is associated with patronage of this goddess. 

32.  Taras 

How to pronounce: tah-RAHS
Origin: Ancient Greek Τάρας
Meaning:restless, rebellious, rebelto confuse, to disturb
Alternative spelling: Tasik
Famous Persons: Taras Shevchenko is a famous Ukrainian poet, writer, and artist [9]. 
Interesting Fact:One of the versions of the origin of the name Taras is a character in ancient Greek mythology – the son of the god Poseidon – Tarentum. The city and the river were named after him, and the name was later transformed into Taras.

33.  Timofey

How to pronounce: tee-moh-FYEY
Origin: Ancient Greek Τιμόθεος
Meaning:Worshipping God
Alternative spelling: Tima, Timoha, Timosha
Variations in other languages:Timothy (English), Timoteo (Spanish, Italian), Tymofiy (Ukrainian) 
Famous Persons: Timofey Granovsky is a founder of Medieval Studies in Russian Empire. 

34.  Vasily

How to pronounce: vah-SEE-leey
Origin: Ancient Greek Βασίλειος
Female Version of the name:Vasilisa, Vasiliya
Alternative spelling: Vasya
Variations in other languages:Basil (English), Basilio (Italian, Spanish), Basile (French), Vasyl’ (Ukrainian)
Famous Persons: Vasily Zhukovsky is a famous Russian poet and leading figure in Russian literature. 
Interesting Fact:In ancient Greek mythology, Βασίλειος was used as an epithet for Zeus, Poseidon, Hera.

35.  Valery

How to pronounce: vah-LYE-reey
Origin: Latin Valerius, Valesios
Meaning:Be strong, be healthy
Female Version of the name:Valeriya
Alternative spelling: Valera
Variations in other languages:Valerio (Italian), Waleriusz (Polish), Valére/ Valéry (French)
Interesting Fact:In ancient Roman mythology, “Valerius” is the epithet of Mars, the god of war.

36.  Valentin

How to pronounce: vah-lyen-TEEN
Origin: Latin Valentis 
Meaning:Healthy, strong, calm
Female Version of the name:Valentina
Alternative spelling: Valik, Valya
Variations in other languages:Valentino (Italian), Valentine (English) 
Famous Persons: Valentin Serov is a famous Russian artist. 
Interesting Fact:Saint Valentine’s Day is a popular international holiday for lovers. 

37.  Viktor

How to pronounce: VEEK-tohr
Origin: Latin Victor
Meaning:Winner, champion
Female Version of the name:Viktoriya
Alternative spelling: Vitya
Variations in other languages:Vittorio (Italian), Wyktor (Polish)
Famous Persons: Viktor Vasnetsov is a famous Russian painter.  
Interesting Fact:The name became very popular in the era of early Christianity, it was associated with the victory of Christ over death and sin.

38.  Vitaly

How to pronounce: vee-TAH-leey
Origin: Latin Vitalis
Meaning:Life, life-giving 
Female Version of the name:Vitalina
Alternative spelling: Vitalik
Variations in other languages:  Vitale/ Vitalio )(Italian), Vidal (Spanish), Witalis (Polish)
Famous Persons: Vitaly Klitschko is a Ukrainian politician and former professional boxer. 

Traditional Russian Names For Boys

Traditional Russian names are those that have been used in Russia for generations and are still in widespread use. Below is a list of some traditional Russian baby names for boys which are powerful.

39. Boris

How to pronounce: boh-REES
Origin: Old Slavic Ancient BulgarianOld MongolianArabicTurkish
Meaning:Fighter, glorious in the fight 
Alternative spelling: Borya, Bor’ka, Boriska
Variations in other languages:  Borys (English, Ukrainian. Polish), Barış (Turkish)
Famous Persons: Boris Yeltsin was the first president of Russia after the Soviet period. 
Interesting Fact:There are many different opinions about where this name originated from.

40.  Bogdan

How to pronounce: boh-DAHN
Origin: Old Slavic
Meaning:God’s gift, God-given, a gift from God
Female Version of the name:Bogdana
Alternative spelling: Bodya
Variations in other languages:  Bozhidar (Bulgarian)
The name appeared as an analogue of the ancient Greek name Theodotus, which in translation means “Given by the gods”. Therefore, the meaning of the name Bogdan is equal to the names Theodor (English, German) and Dieudonné (French).
Famous Persons: Bogdan Stupka is a famous Soviet and Ukrainian theater and cinema actor.
Interesting Fact:In ancient Russia, this name was often given to illegitimate children. 

41. Egor 

How to pronounce: ye-GOR
Origin: Russian
Alternative spelling: Egorka, Gora
Famous Persons: Egor Kovalevsky is a famous Russian and Ukrainian diplomat, traveler, orientalist and writer.
Interesting Fact:Derived from the Greek name George (like the name Yuri).

42.  Miroslav

How to pronounce: meeh-roh-SLAV
Origin: Ancient Slavic
Meaning:Peaceful Glory
Female Version of the name:Miroslava
Alternative spelling: Mira, Mir
Variations in other languages:  Myroslav (Ukrainian), Mirosław (Polish) 
Famous Persons: Myroslav Skoryk was a famous Ukrainian composer.

43.  Mstislav

How to pronounce: msteeh-SLAV
Origin: Ancient Slavic
Meaning:A glorious defender
Alternative spelling: Stiva, Slava
Famous Persons: Mstislav Rostropovich was a famous Soviet and Russian cellist and conductor.

44.  Rostislav 

How to pronounce: ros-tees-LAHV
Origin: Ancient Slavic
Meaning:To increase glory 
Female Version of the name:Rostislava
Alternative spelling: Rostik
Variations in other languages:  Rostyslav (Ukrainian), Rościsław (Polish)
Interesting Fact:This name was a family name of the Rurik dynasty in Kievan Rus’ [10].

45. Stanislav

How to pronounce: stah-nee-SLAHV
Origin: Ancient Slavic 
Meaning:Who became glorious, glorious government
Female Version of the name:Stanislava
Alternative spelling: Stas, Stasik, Slava
Variations in other languages:  Estanislao (Spanish), Stanislas (French) 
Famous Persons: Stanislav (Stanisław) Lem was a famous Polish writer, philosopher and futurologist. 
Interesting Fact:Short version ‘Stas’ is more useful as an independent name. 

46.  Yaroslav 

How to pronounce: yah-roh-SLAHV
Origin: Ancient Slavic 
Meaning:Bright Glory
Female Version of the name:Yaroslava
Alternative spelling: Yarik
Variations in other languages:  Jarosław (Polish). 
Famous Persons: Yaroslav the Wise (Yaroslav I) was the Grand Prince of Kiev [11]. 

47. Vadim

How to pronounce: vah-DEEM
Origin: Old Slavic
Meaning:Having attractiveness
Alternative spelling: Vadik, Vadya
Variations in other languages:  Wadzim (Belorusian), Wadym (Polish)
Famous Persons: Vadim Roger is a French screenwriter, director and producer.
Interesting Fact:There are several versions of the origin of the name. One of them is that the name Vadim came from the Old Russian word “vaditi”, which means “to slander, sow confusion”.

48. Vladislav

How to pronounce: vlah-dee-SLAHV
Origin: Ancient Slavic 
Meaning:Own the glory
Female Version of the name:Vladislava
Alternative spelling: Vlad, Vladik
Variations in other languages:  Ladislao (Spanish), Władysław (Polish). 
Famous Persons: Vlad Dracula (Vlad III, Vlad the Impaler) was a voivode and ruler in medieval Romania. In pop culture, it refers to the most famous “vampire”.
Interesting Fact:The form “Vlad” also can be an independent name.

49. Vladimir

How to pronounce: vlah-DEE-meer
Origin: Ancient Slavic 
Meaning:Owning the World
Alternative spelling: Vova, Volodya
Variations in other languages:  Volodymyr (Ukrainian), Włodzimierz (Polish) 
Famous Persons: Vladimir Putin is the president of Russian Federation. 
Interesting Fact:For a long time, it was used only among the princes of Kievan Rus.

50.  Vsevolod

How to pronounce: vsye-voh-LOD
Origin: Ancient Slavic 
Meaning:Owning Everything
Alternative spelling: Seva
Variations in other languages:  Visvaldas (Lithuanian)
Famous Persons: Vsevolod Rozhdestvensky is a famous Soviet Russian poet. 

51. Vyacheslav

How to pronounce: vya-chye-SLAHV
Origin: Ancient Slavic
Meaning:More Glorious 
Female Version of the name:Vyacheslava
Alternative spelling: Slava, Slavik
Variations in other languages:  Wieńczysław (Polish), Wenzel (German), V’yacheslav (Ukrainian)
Famous Persons: Vyacheslav Kotyonochkin was a famous Soviet and Russian animation director, animator and artist.
Interesting Fact:It was the name of the ancient Russian prince and, therefore, until the 19th century, it was almost never used. But now it is one of the very popular names.

Short Russian Male Names

A short Russian baby name, despite its length, can have an enormous impact, and can be a good way to balance out a longer last name. We also just think they’re cool.

52.  Erik

How to pronounce: E-reek
Origin: Ancient Scandinavian Eirikr
Meaning:The Eternal Ruler
Female Version of the name:Erika
Variations in other languages:  Erich (German), Erico (Italian, Spanish)
Famous Persons: Erik Satie was a famous French composer and pianist
Interesting Fact:In the Catholic tradition, Saint Eric of Sweden, the patron saint of Sweden and its capital Stockholm, is revered.

53.  Foma

How to pronounce: foh-MAH
Origin: Aramaic תאומא
Meaning:The twin 
Alternative spelling: Fomka
Variations in other languages:  Thomas (English), Tomasso (Italian), Homa (Ukrainian). 
Famous Persons: Thomas (Foma) Aquinas is an Italian Medieval Domonican friar, philosopher and Catolic priest  

54.  Gleb

How to pronounce: GLYEB
Origin: Ancient Scandinavian Guðleifr
Meaning:The heir of God, favorite of the gods
Alternative spelling: Glebka
Variations in other languages:  Hleb (Polish), Glib (Ukraininan)
Famous Persons: Gleb Uspensky is a Russian Empire writer. 
Interesting Fact:Gleb is a popular surname in Russia and Belarus. 

55.  Igor 

How to pronounce: EE-gohr’
Origin: Ancient Scandinavian Ingvarr
Meaning:A man protected by God
Alternative spelling: Igoryok, Igorka
Variations in other languages:  Igar (Belarusian)
Famous Persons: Igor Stravinsky is a famous Russian composer, conductor and pianist. 

56.  Ilya 

How to pronounce: il’-YA
Origin: Ancient Hebrew אליהו
Meaning:God is my Lord 
Alternative spelling: Iliusha, Iliuha. 
Variations in other languages:  Elias/ Eli/ Ellis (German), Illia (Ukrainian), Elijah (English), Eliasz (Polish)
Famous Persons: Ilya Repin was a famous Russian Imperial realist painter.  
Interesting Fact:Ilya Muromets is one of the most famous Russian folklore heroes. 

57.  Ivan 

How to pronounce: ee-VAHN
Origin: Ancient Hebrew ‏יוחנן
Meaning:God is gracious, the grace of God 
Alternative spelling: Ioann, Vanya
Variations in other languages:  John/ Shawn/ Sean/ Shaun (English), Juan (Spanish), Giovanni (Italian), Jan/ Janusz (Polish)
Famous Persons: Ivan the Terrible (Grozny) was the tsar of all Rus’ [12].
Interesting Fact:One of the most popular names in Russia before the 21st century. 

58.  Lev

How to pronounce: LYEV
Origin: Ancient Greek Λέων
Alternative spelling: Liova
Variations in other languages:  Leo (English, German, French)
Famous Persons: Lev Tolstoy is a famous Russian writer.
Interesting Fact:The name became popular in Russia due to the fame of Leo Tolstoy. In honor of him, parents began to give their children this name.
In Russia, children were given this name so that they could have the same strength as a lion.

59.  Luka

How to pronounce: loo-KAH
Origin: Ancient Greek Λουκᾶς
Meaning:Bright, luminous, born at dawn
Variations in other languages:  Luke/ Lucas (English), Luca (Italian), Luc (French) 
Famous Persons: Luca Guadagnino is a famous Italian filmmaker. 
Interesting Fact:The Apostle Luke was the author of one of the Gospels in the New Testament.

60.  Mark 

How to pronounce: MAHRK
Origin: Latin 1) Marcus         2) Martius (March in English)
Meaning:1) Hammer2) born in March
Alternative spelling: Markusha
Variations in other languages:  Marcos (Spain), Marek (Polish), Marko/ Markiyan (Ukrainian)
Famous Persons: Mark Twain is a famous American writer.
Interesting Fact:Some believe that the name Mark comes from the name of the Roman god of war: Mars.

61. Oleg

How to pronounce: oh-LYEG
Origin: Ancient Scandinavian Hélgi 
Meaning:Holy, Saint
Female Version of the name:Olga
Alternative spelling: Olezhka
Variations in other languages:  Helge (Swedish, Dutch)
Famous Persons: Oleg Tabakov is a famous Soviet Russian actor.
Interesting Fact:Oleg of Novgorod (Oleg Veshchy) was the first Grand Prince of Kievan Rus’. 

62.  Pyotr

How to pronounce: PYOTR
Origin: Ancient Greek Πέτρος
Meaning:Stone, rock
Alternative spelling: Petya
Variations in other languages:  Peter/ Pete (English), Pierre (French), Pedro (Spanish), Pietro (Italian), Petro (Ukrainian)
Famous Persons: Pyotr I (Peter the Great) was the tsar and the emperor of the Russian Empire.
Interesting Fact:As in the case of the name Pavel, one of the most famous surnames, Petrov [13], originated from the name of Peter.

63.  Yuri

How to pronounce: YOO-reey
Origin: Ancient Greek Γεώργιος
Alternative spelling: Yura, Yurchyk
Famous Persons: Yuri Gagarin was a Soviet pilot and astronaut who became the first human to journey into outer space [14]. 
Interesting Fact:Yuri is a variant of the Greek name George. George remained only in church use (it was a baptismal name), and the name Yuri was considered its secular form.

64.  Vlas

How to pronounce: VLAS
Origin: Ancient Greek Βλάσιος
Meaning:Simple, rough, brute
Variations in other languages:  Błażej (Polish), Blas (Spanish), Biagio  (Italian), Blaise (French) 
Interesting Fact:The name Vlas is sometimes identified with the name of the Slavic god Veles (Volos), who was the patron saint of cattle.

Rare Russian Boy Names

Over time, some traditional Russian names have gone out of common use for some reason. Now, they are less popular, but they are still found among Russian children. Interestingly, what are their names? Read our next list of rare Russian boy names in the 21st century. 

65.  Albert

How to pronounce: ahl-BYERT
Origin: Old German, Frankish Adalbert
Meaning:Noble, brilliant
Female Version of the name:Alberta, Albertina
Alternative spelling: Bert
Variations in other languages:  Albert (English, French), Alberto (Spanish, Italian)
Famous Persons: Albert Einstein was a famous German theoretical physicist, scientist.
Interesting Fact:The name became popular in Russia after the October Revolution, when the church separated from the state and it became possible to give non-Orthodox names.

66.  Arkady

How to pronounce: ahr-KAH-deey
Origin: Ancient Greek Ἀρκάς
Meaning:From Arcadia
In Slavic tradition, this name is interpreted as “courageous”.
Female Version of the name:Arkadiya
Alternative spelling: Arkasha, Adya
Variations in other languages:  Arkadiusz (Polish), Arkád (Czech)
Famous Persons: Arkady Strugatsky was a famous Soviet-Russian science-fiction writer. 

67.  Arseny 

How to pronounce: ahr-SYE-neey
Origin: Ancient Greek Αρσένιος
Meaning:Virile and strong
Alternative spelling: Arsen, Senya
Variations in other languages:  Arsenio (Portugal, Spanish), Arsène (French)
Famous Persons: Arseny Tarkovsky was a Soviet Russian poet and translator. He was the father of Andrei Tarkovsky, who was a famous film director. 

68. Feliks

How to pronounce: FE-lix
Origin: Latin Felix
Meaning:A happy, prosperous, lucky guy
Alternative spelling: Felya
Variations in other languages:  Felice/ Felicio (Italian)It sounds the same in most languages
Famous Persons: Felix Mendelssohn was a famous German composer who wrote “The Wedding March”. 

69. German 

How to pronounce: GYER-mahn
Origin: Latin Germanus
Alternative spelling: Gera
Variations in other languages:  Germain (French), Jermaine (English), Germano (Italian)
Famous Persons: German Titov was a Soviet astronaut. The second person in the world who flew into Space. 
Interesting Fact:Russian folk form named after German – Ermak.

70.  Ignat/ Ignaty

How to pronounce: ee-GNAHT/ ee-GNAH-teey
Origin: Latin Ignatius
Meaning:Fire, fiery
Alternative spelling: Ignatka
Variations in other languages:  Gnat (Ukrainian), Ignazio (Italian), Ignacio (Spanish)
Famous Persons: Ignat Solzhenitsyn is a famous Russian pianist and conductor.

71.  Iosif

How to pronounce: ee-O-seef
Origin: Ancient Hebrew יוֹסֵף
Meaning:God will reward you;God shall add another son
Alternative spelling: Osip
Variations in other languages:  Joseph/ Joe (English), Yosyp (Ukrainian), Giuseppe (Italian), José (Spanish) 
Famous Persons: Iosif Stalin was a politician, leader and ruler of Soviet Union.

72.  Matvei

How to pronounce: maht-VYEY
Origin: Ancient Hebrew מתתיהו 
Meaning:A man of God, given by God, God-given
Alternative spelling: Matveika
Variations in other languages:  Matthew/ Matt (English), Matteo (Italian), Mateusz (Polish), Matviy (Ukrainian) 
Famous Persons: Matvey Blanter was a Soviet-Russian composer. Author of a famous military song “Katyusha”. 

73. Marat

How to pronounce: MAH-raht
Origin: Ancient Arabian مراد
Alternative spelling: Maratka
Variations in other languages:  Murad/ Murat (Arabic, Turkish, Armenian)
Famous Persons: Marat Basharov is a famous Russian actor. 
Interesting Fact:Some believe that the name is actually the surname of the French revolutionary Jean Paul Marat, and that is why it became popular in the USSR. 

74.  Platon

How to pronounce: plah-TON
Origin: Ancient Greek Πλάτων
Alternative spelling: Platosha
Variations in other languages:  Plato (English)
Famous Persons: Platon is the ancient greek philosopher. 
Interesting Fact:Most likely, the name arose from the external description of a strong, athletic and broad-shouldered person.

75.  Rodion 

How to pronounce: roh-dee-OHN
Origin: Ancient Greek Ρόδιον
Meaning:A resident of the island of Rhodes
Alternative spelling: Rodya
Variations in other languages:  Radzivon (Belorusian)
Famous Persons: Rodion Shchedrin is a famous Soviet and Russian composer. 
Interesting Fact:Some believe that the name came from the Greek ρόδεος (pink) or is a variant of the name Herod.

76. Robert 

How to pronounce: RO-byert
Origin: Old German Hrōðberχt
Meaning:Glistening with glory
Female Version of the name:Roberta
Alternative spelling: Roba
Variations in other languages:  Robert/ Rob/ Bob/ Rupert (English), Roberto (Italian, Spanish)
Famous Persons: Robert Rozhdestvensky is a famous Soviet-Russian poet.

77.  Semyon 

How to pronounce: sye-MYON
Origin: Ancient hebrew ‏שִׁמְעוֹן
Meaning:God has heard
Alternative spelling: Syoma.
Variations in other languages:  Simon (English), Simone (Italian), Semen (Ukrainian), Szemen (Polish)
Interesting Fact:The biblical apostle Peter originally had the name Simon.

78. Timur 

How to pronounce: tee-MOOR
Origin: Turks and Mongolian Tümür, Demir
Alternative spelling: Timurka, Tima, Mura
Variations in other languages:  Demir (Turkish), Tymur (Ukrainian) 
Famous Persons: Timur Bekmambetov is a famous Kazakh-Russian director-producer and screenwriter. 
Interesting Fact:The name became famous thanks to the Asian commander and conqueror Timur (Tamerlane) (1336-1405)

79. Trofim

How to pronounce: troh-FEEM
Origin: Ancient Greek Τρόφιμος
Alternative spelling: Trofimka, Fima
Variations in other languages:  Trófimo (Spanish, Italian), Trophime (French)
Famous Persons: Trofim Borisov is a Soviet Russian writer.

80. Yulian 

How to pronounce: yoo-lee-AHN
Origin: Latin Iulianus, Julianus
Meaning:From the Julian family
Female Version of the name:Yuliya, Yuliana
Alternative spelling: Yulik, Yuliy, Ulyan 
Variations in other languages:  Julian (English), Giuliano (Italian), Julien (French)
Famous Persons: Yulian Semyonov was a famous Russian Soviet writer of spy fiction and detective fiction.
Interesting Fact:There is a translation option for the name: the name of the month of July. Literally the month “July” in Latin “Julius” means “the month of Julius (Caesar)”

81. Veniamin

How to pronounce: vye-nee-ah-MEEN
Origin: Ancient Hebrew ‏בנימין‏
Meaning:Happy son
Alternative spelling: Venya
Variations in other languages:  Benjamin/ Ben/ Benny/ Benji (English), Beniamino (Italian)
Famous Persons: Veniamin Kaverin is a famous Soviet Russian writer.  

82. Zahar

How to pronounce: zakh-HAR
Origin: Ancient Hebrew זְכַרְיָה‏‎
Meaning:Remembering the Lord
Alternative spelling: Zahariy, Zaharka
Variations in other languages:  Zachary (English), Zaccaria (Italian)
Famous Persons: Zahariy Zograf is a famous Bulgarian painter. 

Unique Old Slavic Russian Names For Boys

Are you looking for rare and unique Russian boy names that no-one else uses? Below is a list of 17 unique and rare Old Slavic boy names that will hopefully make your choice a bit easier. 

83.  Arhip

How to pronounce: ahr-HEEP
Origin: Ancient Greek  Ἅρχιππος
Meaning:Chief of the horses
Variations in other languages:  Archippo (Italian), Archippe (French)
Famous Persons: Arhip Kuindzhi is a famous Russian and Ukrainian landscape painter. 

84.  Demyan

How to pronounce: dyem-YAHN
Origin: Latin Damianus
Meaning:Dedicated to Damia; a tamer
Alternative spelling: Dyoma, Demyashka
Variations in other languages:  Damian, Damien (English), Damiano, Damio (Italian)
Famous Persons: Demyan Fomichev is a Russian architect. 
Interesting Fact:Damia is an ancient Greek goddess of fertility and abundance.

85.  Emelyan

How to pronounce: ye-myel’-YAAHN
Origin: Latin Aemiliánus
Meaning:Opponent, participant of the competition
Alternative spelling: Emelya, Emil’
Variations in other languages:  Omelyan (Ukrainian), Emiliano (Italian)
Famous Persons: Emelyan (Yemelyan) Pugachev was an ataman of the Yaik Cossacks. 

86.  Gavriil

How to pronounce: gav-ree-EEL
Origin: Ancient Hebrew גבריאל
Meaning:My power is God, the power of God
Alternative spelling: Gavrila
Variations in other languages:  Gabriel (English), Gabriele (Italian), Gavrylo (Ukrainian)
Famous Persons: Gavriil Troepolsky was a famous Soviet writer best known for his novel “White Bim Black Ear”.

87.  Gordey

How to pronounce: gohr-DYEY
Origin: Ancient Greek Γορδίας
Meaning:My Lord, the King
Alternative spelling: Gordya
Interesting Fact:Goes back to the name of the legendary Phrygian king Gordius, who tied the “Gordian knot”. When the Phrygians lost their king, the oracle ordered to put on the throne whoever they first met on the road to the temple of Zeus, riding a cart. This man turned out to be Gordius. He set up his carriage as a monument in the citadel of the city, entangling its yoke with the most complicated knot. Whoever untied this “Gordian knot” would become the ruler of Asia. According to legend, Alexander the Great simply cut the knot with his sword.

88.  Innokenty

How to pronounce: eehn-noh-KYEN-tey
Origin: Latin Innocentius
Alternative spelling: Kesha
Variations in other languages:  Innocenzo (Italian), Inocencio (Spanish)
Famous Persons: Innokenty Smoktunovsky is a famous Soviet and Russian theatre and film actor.

89.  Irakly

How to pronounce: ee-RAAH-kley
Origin: Ancient Greek  Ηρακλής
Meaning:The famous hero
Alternative spelling: Ikusha, Ika
Variations in other languages:  Hercule (French), Ercole (Italian)
Famous Persons: Irakli Pirchlava is a Famous Russian singer.

90.  Kliment

How to pronounce: kleeh-MYENT
Origin: Latin Clemens
Meaning:Merciful, condescending
Female Version of the name:Klementina
Alternative spelling: Klim, Klimentiy
Variations in other languages:  Clemente (Italian), Clement/ Clem (English), Clément (French), Klyment (Ukrainian)  
Famous Persons: Klyment Kvitka is a Ukrainian musicologist and ethnographer. 

91.  Kornily

How to pronounce: kohr-NEE-leey
Origin: Latin Cornelius
Meaning:1) Horn2) Dogwood berries
Alternative spelling: Korney, Kornil
Variations in other languages:  Corrie/ Corry/ Cornie (English), Cornelio (Spanish)
Famous Persons: Korney Chukovsky is one of the most popular Russian-language children’s poets. 

92.  Lavrentiy

How to pronounce: lah-VRYEN-teey
Origin: Latin Laurens 
Meaning:1) A resident of the town Lavrent2) Latin, Roman 
Alternative spelling: Lavren
Variations in other languages:  Lawrence/ Laurence (English), Lorenzo (Spanish, Italian), Laurent (French)
Famous Persons: Lavrentiy Beriya was a famous Soviet politician. 
Interesting Fact:It is possible that Laurent got his name from the Latin laurus – “laurel”.

93.  Martyn

How to pronounce: mahr-TYN
Origin: Latin Martius
Meaning:Dedicated to the god Mars
Female Version of the name:Martina
Alternative spelling: Martin
Variations in other languages:  Martino (Italian), Martin (English, French, German)
Famous Persons: Martin Scorsese is a famous American film director, producer and screenwriter.

94.  Makar 

How to pronounce: MAH-khar
Origin: Ancient Greek Μακάριος
Meaning:Blissful, happy
Alternative spelling: Makarchik
Variations in other languages:  Macario (Spain, Italian), Macaire (French)

95.  Miron

How to pronounce: mee-ROHN 
Origin: Ancient Greek μύρον
Meaning:Incense, fragrant
Alternative spelling: Mira
Famous Persons: Miron Fyodorov (Oxxxymiron) is a famous Russian hip hop artist.

96.  Nestor

How to pronounce: NYE-stor
Origin: Old Greek
Meaning:The wanderer, the returned home
Famous Persons: Nestor Carbonell is a famous American actor.

97.  Panteleimon

How to pronounce: pan-tye-ley-MOHN
Origin: Ancient Greek Παντελεήμων
Meaning:Perfection, excellence
Alternative spelling: Panteleymonka
Variations in other languages:  Pantaleone/ Pantaleo (Italian), Pantaleón (Spanish)
Famous Persons: Panteleimon Kulish is a famous Ukrainian writer, critic, poet, folklorist and translator.
Interesting Fact:According to another version of the name’s origin, the name is translated as “merciful”.

98.  Savely

How to pronounce: sah-VYE-leey
Origin: Ancient Hebrew ‏שָׁאוּל
Meaning:Heavy work 
Alternative spelling: Sava
Famous Persons: Savely (Xaver) Tartokover was one of the most powerful chess players of the early 20th century. 
Interesting Fact:Some believe that the name comes from the ancient Greek “Sabellus”, which means “simple, unpretentious.”

99.  Spartak

How to pronounce: spahr-TAK
Origin: Ancient Greek Σπάρτακος
Meaning:1) A resident of Sparta2) Trampling
Famous Persons: Spartak Belyaev was a famous Soviet and Russian theoretical physicist.
Interesting Fact:The name became very popular in Soviet Russia due to the fact that it was associated with protest and the famous revolutionary of antiquity: Spartacus.

100.  Yakov

How to pronounce: YAHK-ov
Origin: Ancient Hebrew יעקב
Meaning:Follows on the heels, for someone;
Alternative spelling: Yasha, Iakov.
Variations in other languages:  Jacob (English), Giacobbe/ Giacomo/ Jacopo (Italian), Santiago, Yago, Diego, Jacobo (Spanish), Yakiv (Ukrainian)
Famous Persons: Yakov Smirnoff is a Ukrainian-American comedian, actor and writer of Jewish origin.
Interesting Fact:The meaning of the name is associated with Biblical history. In the Old Testament, Jacob was Esau’s twin. At birth, Jacob held Esau’s heel.

TOP 100 Russian Girl Names

Russian Girl

Below, we have gathered for you 100 of the most rare, pretty, sonorous and unique Russian names for girls. 

Popular Russian Girl Names

Names become popular because people like their meanings or the way they sound. Below, we have put together a list of the most popular Russian girl names: 

1.  Aleksandra

How to pronounce: ah-leek-SAHN-drah
Origin: Ancient Greek ἀλέξω
Meaning:Protect, prevent
Male Version of the name:Aleksandr
Alternative spelling: Sasha, Shura
Variations in other languages:  Alex/ Sandy/ Sandra (English),  Alejandrina (Spanish), Oleksandra (Ukrainian), Alexandrine (French) 
Famous Persons: Aleksandra Feodorovna was the wife of the last Russian emperor Nicholas II. 
Interesting Fact:In ancient Greek mythology, the name Kassandra is synonymous with the name of Alexander.

2.  Alina

How to pronounce: ah-LEE-nah
Origin: From Ancient German Adelheid – passed into Latin as Adelina and then it was borrowed and abbreviated as Alina
Alternative spelling: Alinka, Alishka
Famous Persons: Alina Kabaeva is a famous Russian politician and retired individual rhythmic gymnast.  
Interesting Fact:Some believe that, in Scotland, the name was used as the male name Alistair.

3.  lisa

How to pronounce: ah-LEE-sah
Origin: Old French Alais (Adelais)
Meaning:Noble girl (woman) 
Variations in other languages:  Alice (English), Alisja (Polish), Alicia (Spain)
Famous Persons: Alisa Freindlich is a famous Soviet and Russian actress. 
Interesting Fact:The name became popular and widespread all over the world after the release of Lewis Carroll’s fairy tale “Alice in Wonderland”.

4.  Alla

How to pronounce: AHL-la
Origin: There are many versions and disputes around the origin of the name. There is no exact answer. Here are some:Ancient greekAncient Arabian (pre-Islamic – that is, the most ancient).Ancient scandinavian CelticAncient slavic
Meaning:Different (Ancient Greek).Allat is goddess of sky and rain (Ancient arabian version)Worthy, lucky (Scandinavian version)Alla goddess (god’s wife) in Celtic version. Association with scarlet color (Slavic version)
Famous Persons: Alla Pugacheva is a famous Soviet and Russian singer.
Interesting Fact:In Arabic, “Alla” can be used as an abbreviation for the male name Aladdin.

5.  Anastasiya

How to pronounce: ah-nah-stah-SEE-ya
Origin: Ancient Greek Ἀναστασία
Meaning:Rebirth, return to life, resurrection
Male Version of the name:Anastasy, Anastas
Alternative spelling: Nastya
Variations in other languages:  Stacy (English), Anastazja (Polish)
Famous Persons: Anastasiya Verbitskaya was a famous Russian novelist, playwright, publisher, and feminist.
Interesting Fact:The male version, the name Anastasius, is considered obsolete and not used, while the female name is very popular and widespread.

6.  Anna

How to pronounce: AHN-na
Origin: Ancient Hebrew ‏חַנָּה
Meaning:Grace; Favor 
Alternative spelling: Anya
Variations in other languages:  Ann/ Anne/ Hanna (English).
Famous Persons: Anna Yaroslavna (Anne of Kiev) [15] was a Russian princess who became the queen of France. She was a daughter of Yaroslav the Wise. 

7.  Antonina

How to pronounce: ahn-tah-NEE-nah
Origin: Latin Antoninus
Meaning:Owned by Antony
Male Version of the name:Anton
Alternative spelling: Tonya, Tosya
Variations in other languages:  Antoinette (French)
Famous Persons: Antonina Rzhevskaya is a Russian painter. 
Interesting Fact:Some believe that the name comes from the Greek word ἄνθος, which means “flower”.

8.  Darya

How to pronounce: DAHR-ya
Origin: Ancient Persian 𐎭𐎠𐎼𐎹𐎺𐎢𐏁(Modern Persian داریوش)
Meaning:Maintains possessions well
Male Version of the name:Dary
Alternative spelling: Dasha, Darina, Daria
Variations in other languages:  Odarka/ Daryna (Ukrainian)
Famous Persons: Darya Dontsova is a famous Russian writer of detective novels.
Interesting Fact:In antiquity, the name Darius was associated with three powerful rulers of Persia (Darius I, II and III). Initially, it was only a male name. It is the female version that is widespread in the territory of Russia.

9.  Ekaterina

How to pronounce: yeh-kah-tee-REE-nah
Origin: Ancient Greek Αἰκατερίνη
Meaning:Pure, immaculate
Alternative spelling: Katya, Katyusha
Variations in other languages:  Catherine/Katharine/ Katherine Katrina (English), Catalina/ Catarina (Spanish), Caterina (Italian), Katarzyna (Polish), Kateryna (Ukrainian), Cathy (French)
Famous Persons: Ekaterina II (Catherine the Great) [16] was empress regnant of Russian Empire. The longest-ruling female leader in Russia. 
Interesting Fact:Due to the reign of Empress Catherine II, which was considered successful and stable (“Catherine’s Golden Age”), the name became very common among Russian noblewomen (before that, it was rare). 

10.  Elena

How to pronounce: yeh-LYE-nah
Origin: Ancient Greek Ἑλένη
Meaning:Bright Shining light
Alternative spelling: Lena, Alyona
Variations in other languages:  Helen/ Elen/ Ellen/ Helena (English), Olena (English) 
Famous Persons: Elena Gnesina was a famous Soviet and Russian composer and music educator. 
Interesting Fact:It is believed that the origin of the name is connected with what the Greeks called themselves: “Hellenes”.

11.  Elizaveta

How to pronounce: yeh-lee-za-VYE-tah
Origin: Ancient Hebrew ‏אלישבע‏‎
Meaning:God is my Oath
Alternative spelling: Liza, Lizaveta
Variations in other languages:  Elizabeth/ Elisa (English), Elisabetta/ Bettina/ Babetta (Italian), Isabelle (French), Isabel (Spanish) 
Famous Persons: Elizaveta Polonskaya was a Soviet-Russian and Jewish poet, translator and journalist. 
Interesting Fact:The name became popular in Russia after the reign of Empress Elizabeth of Russia. 

12.  Evgeniya

How to pronounce: yehv-GYEH-nee-ya
Origin: Ancient Greek εὐγενής
Meaning:A noble, a descendant of a noble family
Мужской вариант:Evgeny
Alternative spelling: Zhenya
Variations in other languages:  Eugenia (English, Spain, Italian), Eugénie (French)
Famous Persons: Evgeniya Kolosova was a famous Russian Empire ballerina. 
Interesting Fact:In the 19th century, the name became very popular among the nobility. Its French version was used: Eugene. From there, it was an abbreviated form: “Zhenya”

13. Galina 

How to pronounce: gah-LEE-nah
Origin: Ancient Greek γαλήνη
Meaning:Calmness, silence, serenity
Alternative spelling: Galya
Variations in other languages:  Galyna (Ukrainian)
Famous Persons: Galina Vishnevskaya was a famous Soviet and Russian soprano opera singer. 
Interesting Fact:In ancient Greek mythology, the nereid Galena was the patroness of the calm sea.

14.  Inna 

How to pronounce: EEN-nah
Origin: Ancient Greek ἸννᾶςLatin Inno
Meaning:1) The Greek name of the Sumerian name of goddess Ishtar.2) Rough stream
Famous Persons: Inna Lubimenko was a Russian and Soviet historian of the early modern period and a specialist in Anglo-Russian relationships.
Interesting Fact:It is believed that the name was originally only masculine. Then, with the emergence of Christianity in Russia, an error occurred during the correspondence of Roman texts, and because of the ending “a”, it came into use as a female one.

15.  Irina

How to pronounce: ee-REE-nah
Origin: Ancient Greek Εἰρήνη 
Meaning:Peace, tranquility
Alternative spelling: Ira, Arina, Yarina
Variations in other languages:  Irene (English), Iryna (Ukrainian), Irène (French)
Famous Persons: Irina Bugrimova was the first female lion tamer in the Soviet Union. Called a “circus legend”.
Interesting Fact:In ancient Greek mythology, Eirena is the goddess of peaceful life.

16.  Karina

How to pronounce: kah-REE-nah
Origin: Latin CarusLatin CarinaOld SlavicAncient Greek κόρηArabian الكريمGerman
Meaning:CuteShip’s keelSlavic goddess-mournerGirlGenerous Form of german name Katarina 
Alternative spelling: Karinka, Kara
Variations in other languages:  Karen (English)
Famous Persons: Karina Smirnoff is a famous Soviet-born American ballroom dancer.

17.  Kseniya

How to pronounce: KSYEH-nee-ya
Origin: Ancient Greek ξενίαAncient Greek ξενίος
Meaning:HospitalityA traveler, a foreigner, a stranger 
Alternative spelling: Ksyusha, Oksana
Variations in other languages:  Xenia (English)
Famous Persons: Ksenia Sobchak is a Russian public figure, journalist, socialite and actress. 
Interesting Fact:The derivative name Oksana became independent.

18.  Kristina 

How to pronounce: krees-TEE-nah
Origin: Ancient Greek Χριστός
Meaning:Christian, dedicated to Christ
Male Version of the name:Kristian
Variations in other languages:  Christina/ Kristina/ Christiana (English), Hrystyna (Ukrainian), Cristina (Italian, Spanish)
Famous Persons: Kristina Orbakaite is a famous Russian singer. 
Interesting Fact:The name came to Kievan Rus from Byzantium along with Christianity.

19.  Larisa

How to pronounce: lah-REE-sah
Origin: Ancient Greek 
Alternative spelling: Lara
Famous Persons: Larisa Dolina is a famous Russian singer.

20.  Lidiya

How to pronounce: LEE-dee-yah
Origin: Ancient Greek Λυδία
Meaning:A resident of Lydia, the woman of purple
Alternative spelling: Lida
Famous Persons: Lidiya Ginzburg was a Soviet literary critic and historian and a survivor of the siege of Leningrad.
Interesting Fact:Lydia is an ancient country in Asia Minor, where the cult of Zeus was spread.

21.  Liliya

How to pronounce: LEE-lee-ya
Origin: Latin Lilium
Meaning:The name of the flower, which translates as pure and innocent
Alternative spelling: Lilya, Lilian, Lila
Variations in other languages:  Lily (English, Spain), Lili (French) 
Famous Persons: Lila Gererro is a famous Argentine poet, translator and playwright of Russian origin.
Interesting Fact:Madonna Lily – one of the epithets of the Virgin Mary in the Catholic tradition

22.  Margarita

How to pronounce: mahr-gah-REE-tah
Origin: Ancient Greek  μαργαρίτης
Alternative spelling: Rita, Margo
Variations in other languages:  Margaret/ Maggie (English), Margherita (Italian),  Marguerite/ Margot/ Margaux (French), Margaryta (Ukrainian)
Famous Persons: Margarita Aliger is a Soviet and Russian poet, translator and journalist. 

23.  Marta

How to pronounce: MAHR-tah
Origin: Syrian
Meaning:Mistress; the lady
Alternative spelling: Marfa
Variations in other languages:  Martha (English)
Famous Persons: Martha Dodd was an American novelist and journalist. She was Soviet Union spy.
Interesting Fact:In Russia, the Martha version was initially widespread. The name was popular among the common people.

24. Marina 

How to pronounce: mah-REE-nah
Origin: Latin Marinus
Alternative spelling: Marinka, Marisha
Famous Persons: Marina Tsvetaeva was a Russian poet. Her work is considered among some of the greatest in 20th century Russian literature.
Interesting Fact:Derived from the rare Roman male name Marin.

25. Mariya 

How to pronounce: mah-REE-yah
Origin: Ancient Hebrew מרים
Meaning:Be bitter
Alternative spelling: Masha
Variations in other languages:  Mary/ Marie/ Maria/ Mariah (English)
Famous Persons: Marie Curie was a Polish and French chemist and physicist. 
Interesting Fact:There is a version that the name comes from another Hebrew name “Miriam”, which means “beloved, desired.”

26. Natalya

How to pronounce: nah-TAHL-yah
Origin: Latin Natalia
Meaning:Native, born
Alternative spelling: Natalia, Natasha, Natali
Variations in other languages:  Nataly (English), Natalia (Spanish)
Famous Persons: Natalia Vodyanova is a Russian model and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador.

27.  Nina 

How to pronounce: NEE-nah
Origin: Sumerian Georgian ნინო [Nino]Arabian 
Meaning:Mistress YouthBenefit 
Famous Persons: Nina Berberova was a Russian writer and poet. She chronicled the lives of Russian exiles in Paris in her short stories and novels.
Interesting Fact:The most common version of the origin of the name Nina is associated with the legendary king Ninos – the founder of the New Assyrian state and the city of Nineveh.

28.  Oksana

How to pronounce: ok-SAH-nah
Origin: Ancient Greek 
Meaning:A traveler, a foreigner, a stranger 
Alternative spelling: Oksanka, Ksyusha
Famous Persons: Oksana Robski is a famous Russian writer and screenwriter.

29.  Olga 

How to pronounce: OL’- gah
Origin: Ancıent Scandınavıan heilagrAncient Slavic Volgo
Meaning:Holy, sacredMeaningful, great, good
Male Version of the name:Oleg
Alternative spelling: Olya
Variations in other languages:  Helga (German)
Famous Persons: Olga Khokhlova (Picasso) was a Russian ballet dancer and the first wife of Pablo Picasso.  

30.  Polina 

How to pronounce: pah-LEE-nah
Origin: Latin PaulusAncient Greek Ἀπόλλων
Meaning:A little, smallSunny, dedicated to the God Apollo
Alternative spelling: Polya
Variations in other languages:  Paulina (Spain), Pauline (French)
Famous Persons: Polina Gagarina is a famous Russian singer.
Interesting Fact:It is believed that, originally, the name Pauline could have been a colloquial version of the name Appolinarius.

31.  Sofia 

How to pronounce: soh-FEE-yah
Origin: Ancient Greek σοφία
Meaning:Wise, the science
Alternative spelling: Sofa, Sonya
Variations in other languages:  Sophie (English, French), Zofia (Polish)
Famous Persons: Sofia Rotaru is a famous Ukrainian singer.
Interesting Fact:The name had an aristocratic status for a long time and was popular with noblewomen.

32. Taisia 

How to pronounce: tah-EE-see-yah
Origin: Ancient Egyptian Tȝ-Is.t
Meaning:Owned by the goddess Isis
Alternative spelling: Taya
Famous Persons: Taisia Povaly is a famous Ukrainian singer.

33.  Tamara 

How to pronounce: tah-MAH-rah
Origin: Ancient Hebrew ‏תַמַר
Meaning:Date palm
Male Version of the name:Tomer
Alternative spelling: Toma
Famous Persons: Queen Tamar of Georgia. Reigned as the Queen of Georgia and presided over the apex of the Georgian Golden Age.
Interesting Fact:Tamara is a modern Russian version of the biblical female name Famar.

34.  Tatyana 

How to pronounce: tah-TYAH-nah
Origin: Latin Tatius
Meaning:Mistress from the Tatia clan;assigning or sequencing
Alternative spelling: Tanya, Tanyusha
Famous Persons: Tatyana Yakovleva was a French and American fashion designer. Muse of Dior and the last love of poet Vladimir Mayakovsky.
Interesting Fact:Tatiana is a derivative form of the name of the legendary Sabine king Titus Tatia.

35.  Valeriya

How to pronounce: vah-LYEH-ree-yah
Origin: Latin Valere
Meaning:Be strong, healthy
Male Version of the name:Valery
Alternative spelling: Lera
Variations in other languages:  Valérie (French)
Famous Persons: Valeria Barsova was a Russian operatic soprano, one of the leading lyric-coloratura sopranos of the first half of the 20th century in Russia.

36.  Veronika

How to pronounce: vye-rah-NEE-kah
Origin: Ancient Greek Βερονίκη
Meaning:Victory bringer; true image
Male Version of the name:Veronik
Alternative spelling: Nika
Famous Persons: Veronika Dudarova was a Soviet and Russian conductor. The first woman to succeed as conductor of symphony orchestras in the 20th century.
Interesting Fact:In Italy, the name was rethought, and began to be interpreted as “a resident of Verona”

37.  Valentina

How to pronounce: vah-leen-TEE-nah
Origin: Latin Valens
Meaning:Strong, healthy
Male Version of the name:Valentin
Alternative spelling: Valya
Variations in other languages:  Valentine (French).
Famous Persons: Valentina Tereshkova is a Soviet and Russian former cosmonaut. She is the first and youngest woman to have flown in space with a solo mission.

38.  Viktoriya

How to pronounce: veek-TO-ree-ya
Origin: Latin Victoria
Male Version of the name:Viktor
Alternative spelling: Vika
Variations in other languages:  Vittoria (Italian)
Famous Persons: Viktoriya Yartseva is a famous Soviet and Russian linguist.
Interesting Fact:In Roman mythology, Victoria is the goddess of victory, corresponding to the Greek goddess of victory Nike. Therefore, the name of Nike is the analogue of the name Victoria.

39.  Yuliya 

How to pronounce: YOO-lee-yah
Origin: Latin Julianus
Meaning:“July” or “from the Julian clan”
Male Version of the name:Yulian
Alternative spelling: Yulya
Variations in other languages:  Julia (English), Julie (French)
Famous Persons: Yulia Lermontova was the first Russian female doctor of chemistry.
Interesting Fact:It is believed that the name may come from the Greek word ϊουλος (yulos), which means “wavy, fluffy”.

40.  Zinaida

How to pronounce: zee-nah-EE-dah
Origin: Ancient Greek Ζηναΐς
Meaning:Belonging to Zeus
Alternative spelling: Zina
Famous Persons: Zinaida Gippius was a Russian poet, playwright, novelist, and editor.
Interesting Fact:In ancient Greece, this name was masculine.

Traditional Russian Names For Girls

There are a lot of traditional female names in Russia that are used nowadays. We have collected for you the most beautiful and cute Russian girl names that have been used for centuries, and have become traditional.

41.  Bogdana 

How to pronounce: boh-DAH-nah
Origin: Ancient Slavic 
Male Version of the name:Bogdan
Alternative spelling: Dana
Interesting Fact:The abbreviated form of the name – Dana is also a separate independent name and has its own versions of origin in different countries.

42.  Iskra

How to pronounce: EE-skra
Origin: Slavic, Bulgarian
Meaning:SparkHonest, kind
Male Version of the name:Iskr, Iskren
Famous Persons: Iskra Velinova is a Bulgarian rower. 
Interesting Fact:It is thought that the name appeared in the USSR as revolutionary. And it was formed thanks to the name of the newspaper “Iskra”, which was founded by Lenin.

43.  Lada

How to pronounce: LAH-dah
Origin: Ancient Slavic
Meaning:Spouse, wife
Famous Persons: Lada Dans (Volkova) is a famous Soviet and Russian actress and jazz singer.
Interesting Fact:Often Lada is an affectionate form of other names: Vlada, Vladislav, Vladlena.

44.  Lyubov

How to pronounce: LYOO-bov’
Origin: Ancient Slavic
Alternative spelling: Lyuba
Famous Persons: Lyubov Orlova is a Soviet Russian actress, singer and dancer.

45.  Ludmila 

How to pronounce: lyud-MEE-lah
Origin: Ancient Slavic.
Meaning:Sweet to people; graceful people
Alternative spelling: Lyuda, Mila
Famous Persons: Lyudmila Gurchenko is a famous Soviet and Russian actress, singer and entertainer.

46.  Miroslava 

How to pronounce: mee-ro-SLAH-vah
Origin: Ancient Slavic
Meaning:Peace, glory
Male Version of the name:Miroslav
Alternative spelling: Mira
Variations in other languages:  Myroslava (Ukrainian), Mirosława (Polish) 
Famous Persons: Miroslava Duma is a Russian digital entrepreneur and investor in international fashion.

47.  Nadezhda 

How to pronounce: nah-DYEHZH-dah
Origin: Old Slavic
Alternative spelling: Nadya
Variations in other languages:  Nadia (English)
Famous Persons: Nadezhda Krupskaya was a Russian revolutionary and the wife of Vladimir Lenin.

48.  Olesya

How to pronounce: ah-LYEH-sya
Origin: Ancıent Slavıc
Meaning:Forest, a girl from the forest
Male Version of the name:Oles’
Alternative spelling: Alesya, Lesya
Famous Persons: Olesya Barel is a Soviet Russian former basketball player.
Interesting Fact:It is thought that, initially, the name Alesya is a colloquial (folk) form of the name of Alexandra, which has become independent.

49.  Rada

How to pronounce: RAH-dah
Origin: Old Slavic
Meaning:Funny, cheerful
Alternative spelling: Radka
Famous Persons: Rada Granovskaya is a well-known psychologist. 
Interesting Fact:The name comes from the adjective “joyful”.

50.  Snezhana 

How to pronounce: snye-ZHAH-nah
Origin: Ancient Slavic
Alternative spelling: Snezha
Variations in other languages:  Snizhana (Ukrainian), Śnieżka (Polish)
Famous Persons: Snezhana Egorova is a famous Ukrainian TV presenter and actress. 
Interesting Fact:The name comes from the word “snow”.

51.  Svetlana 

How to pronounce: svyeht-LAH-na
Origin: Russian
Alternative spelling: Sveta
Famous Persons: Svetlana Savitskaya is a former Russian aviator and Soviet cosmonaut. She became the second woman in Space. 
Interesting Fact:It is believed that this name was invented in the 19th century by the poet A. Vostokov in the romance “Svetlana and Mstislav”. Then the name was used by the poet V. Zhukovsky in the ballad “Svetlana”. And later, from literature, the name passed into everyday life.

52.  Vera

How to pronounce: VYEH-rah
Origin: Old Slavic
Famous Persons: Vera Brezhneva is a famous Ukrainian and Russian singer.

53.  Vladlena

How to pronounce: vlahd-LYEH-nah
Origin: Soviet Russian
Meaning:Vladimir Lenin
Male Version of the name:Vladlen
Alternative spelling: Vlada
Interesting Fact:The name is dedicated to the main revolutionary of the USSR: Vladimir Lenin. And the name Vlada as an independent one is used more now.

54.  Yaroslava 

How to pronounce: yah-rah-SLAH-vah
Origin: Ancient Slavic
Meaning:Fierce glory
Male Version of the name:Yaroslav
Alternative spelling: Yara
Variations in other languages:  Jarosława (Polish)
Famous Persons: Yaroslava Shvedova is a tennis player who was born in Russia and represents Kazakhstan.
Interesting Fact:The name appeared in Kievan Rus before the era of Christianity.

55.  Zoryana 

How to pronounce: zoh-RYAH-nah
Origin: Ancient Slavic
Meaning:Stellar, dawn
Alternative spelling: Zorya
Interesting Fact:The name Aurora is close in meaning.

Short Russian Female Names

Looking for a beautiful but short Russian name for your baby girl? Check out the next list! 

56.  Dina

How to pronounce: DEE-nah
Origin: Ancient Hebrew  ‏דינה
Meaning:Justice, retribution, judge 
Alternative spelling:Madina
Famous Persons: Dina Rubina is a famous Russian-Israel writer. 
Interesting Fact:It is thought that the name could have come to Russia from the Arabic language with the meaning “faith, religion”.

57.  Eva

How to pronounce: YEH-vah
Origin: Ancient Hebrew ‏חוה
Meaning:Giving life
Variations in other languages:  Eve/ Ava (English), Ewa (Polish)
Famous Persons: Eva Polna is a Russian singer, composer, and songwriter.
Interesting Fact:Eva was the first woman on earth in abrahamic religions. Mother of all people.

58.  Inga

How to pronounce: EEN-nah
Origin: Old Scandinavian (or Old German) Ing/ Yng
Meaning:Protected by Yngwie (Freyr). Is the Old German god of fertility. 
Alternative spelling: Ingrid, Ingeborga
Famous Persons: Ingeborga Dapkunaite is a famous Lithuanian-Russian and British theatre and cinema actress. 
Interesting Fact:There are male counterparts of this name: Ingvar and Ingolf. But the female version has become popular in Russia.

59.  Iya 

How to pronounce: EEH-yah
Origin: Ancient Greek Ἰάς
Meaning:Violet A resident of Ionia
Famous Persons: Iya Arepina is a Soviet and Russian actress. 
Interesting Fact:The shortest female name in Russia (only two letters).

60.  Kira

How to pronounce: KEE-rah
Origin: Ancient Greek  κύριοςAncient Persian   (Modern Persian کوروش بزرگ)
Male Version of the name:Kir
Variations in other languages:  Kirah/ Kyra (English), Cira/ Ciretta (Italian) 
Famous Persons: Kira Muratova was a Soviet and Ukrainian film director, screenwriter, and actress. 
Interesting Fact:The name is associated with the Persian royal name Cyrus. 

61.  Maya

How to pronounce: MIGH-yah
Origin: Ancient Greek ΜαϊαAncient Hebrew ‏מים
Meaning:Good motherWater
Famous Persons: Maya Plisetskaya was a famous Soviet and Russian ballet dancer, choreographer and ballet director.
Interesting Fact:In Greek and Roman mythology, Maya is the goddess and daughter of the titan Atlanta. The month of May was named in her honor.

62.  Nelya

How to pronounce: NEH-lya
Origin: Old English, form of name Eleonor
Meaning:Mercy, compassion
Alternative spelling: Nelli, Neli
Variations in other languages:  Nelly (English)
Famous Persons: Nelli Uvarova is a famous Russian actress.

63.  Nonna

How to pronounce: NO-nah
Origin: Latin Nonus
Meaning:The ninth
Famous Persons: Nonna Grishaeva is a famous Soviet and Russian actress. 
Interesting Fact:It is believed that the name comes from another Latin word, “nonnus”, which means “monk”.

64.  Rimma 

How to pronounce: REEH-mah
Origin: Ancient Greek Ριμμᾶς
Alternative spelling: Rima, Mura
Famous Persons: Rima Shershnyova is a Soviet woman partisan.
Interesting Fact:The name Rimma was originally masculine and came from the name of the city of Rome.

65.  Yana 

How to pronounce: YAH-nah
Origin: Ancient Hebrew יוחנה
Meaning:Grace of God
Male Version of the name:Yan
Alternative spelling: Yanochka
Variations in other languages:  Jean/ Joan (English), Giovanna (Italian)
Famous Persons: Yana Rudkovskaya is a famous Russian music producer. 

66.  Zhanna 

How to pronounce: ZHAHN-nah
Origin: Ancient Hebrew  ‏יוֹחָנָן
Meaning:Grace of God
Alternative spelling: Zhannochka
Variations in other languages:  Joanna/ Joan (English)
Famous Persons: Joan of Arc (Jehanne d’Arc) was a national heroine of France.
Interesting Fact:In Russian, the name came from the Old French name Jehanne [17]

67.  Zoya 

How to pronounce: ZO-yah
Origin: Ancient Greek Ζωή
Alternative spelling: Zosya, Zoyka
Variations in other languages:  Zoe/ Zoey (English), Zoé (French)
Famous Persons: Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya was a Soviet female partisan.
Interesting Fact:The name Zoe is believed to be the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew name Eve.

Rare Russian Girl Names

If you have a baby girl on the way, and are looking for a rare Russian baby name, there are a lot of options to choose from. To help you in this decision-making process, we have put together a list of some lovely and beautiful rare baby girl names.

68.  Alevtina

How to pronounce: ah-lev-TEEH-nah
Origin: Ancient Greek Aleuō
Meaning:Reflective, bouncer
Alternative spelling: Tina, Alya
Famous Persons: Alevtina Rumyantseva was a Soviet and Russian actress.
Interesting Fact:It is believed that the name Alevtina is a variant of the name Valentine.

69.  Albina

How to pronounce: ahl’-BEE-nah
Origin: Latin Albus
Alternative spelling: Alya
Variations in other languages:  Albi (French), Albino (Czech) 
Famous Persons: Albina Makunaite was a Soviet and Lithuanian graphic artist. 
Interesting Fact:The name appeared as a paired male name Albin, but it was the female version that spread in Russia (and the CIS). 

70.  Angelina 

How to pronounce: ahn-gye-LEE-nah
Origin: Ancient Greek Ἀγγελίνα
Meaning:Messenger; angel
Alternative spelling: Lina, Angelina
Famous Persons: Angelina Stepanova was a famous Soviet and Russian stage and film actress.

71.  Anzhelika

How to pronounce: ahn-zhe-LEE-kah
Origin: Latin Angelicus
Alternative spelling: Lika
Variations in other languages:  Angelica (English), Angélique (French) 
Famous Persons: Anzhelika Varum is a famous Russian singer. 
Interesting Fact:It is believed that this is one of the variants of the name Angelina, which has become an independent name.

72.  Anzhela 

How to pronounce: ahn-ZHE-lah
Origin: Ancient Greek ἄγγελος
Alternative spelling: Angela
Interesting Fact:One of the forms of the name Angelina. This form of the name came to the Russian language from the Bulgarian.

73.  Anfisa

How to pronounce: an-FEE-sah
Origin: Ancient Greek Ἀνθοῦσα
Alternative spelling:Fisa
Famous Persons: Anfisa Chekhova is a famous Russian tele- and radio-presenter. 
Interesting Fact:The name is common among the peoples of the North Caucasus. 

74.  Diana

How to pronounce: dee-AH-na
Origin: Latin Deus
Alternative spelling: Dianka
Famous Persons: Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Spencer), was a member of the British royal family. 
Interesting Fact:In ancient Roman mythology, Diana was the goddess of the moon and the hunt. The name is widespread and popular in many countries of Europe and the East.

75.  Dominika

How to pronounce: doh-mee-NEE-kah
Origin: Latin Dominicus
Meaning:Belonging to God 
Male Version of the name:Dominik
Variations in other languages:  Domingo (Spanish), Domenico (Italian), Dominique (French) 
Famous Persons: Dominika Cibulkova is a famous Slovak former professional tennis player. 
Interesting Fact:Latin dominicus comes from the phrase “dies dominicus”, which means “the day of God”, that is, Sunday (for Catholics). Therefore, the name can still be interpreted as “born on Sunday”.

76.  Elvira

How to pronounce: ehl-VEE-rah
Origin: Old GermanSpanish
Meaning:Foreign or true
Alternative spelling: Elya
Famous Persons: Elvira Maslova is a famous Soviet and Russian animation artist. 
Interesting Fact:This name is most common in the countries of Latin America. 

77.  Emiliya 

How to pronounce: eh-MEE-lee-yah
Origin: Latin Aemilia
Male Version of the name:Emil’
Alternative spelling: Emma, Mila
Variations in other languages:  Emily (English)
Famous Persons: Emiliya (Emily) Shanks was a British and Russian painter. She was the first woman to be elected to the Russian Society for Travelling Art Exhibitions or Peredvizhniki.

78.  Faina

How to pronounce: fah-EE-nah
Origin: Ancient Greek  φαεινή
Meaning:Shining, shiny
Alternative spelling: Faya
Famous Persons: Faina Ranevskaya is one of the greatest Soviet Russian actresses. 

79.  Inessa 

How to pronounce: ee-NEH-sa
Origin: Ancient Greek Ἁγνή
Meaning:Pure, immaculate, innocent
Alternative spelling: Agnes, Ines
Variations in other languages:  Inès (French, Spanish) 
Famous Persons: Inessa Armand was a famous French-Russian communist politician, member of the Bolsheviks and a feminist.  
Interesting Fact:It is believed that the name came to the USSR from Spain (after 1936). Before that, it was almost never seen in the territory of Russia.

80.  Klara

How to pronounce: KLAH-nah
Origin: Latin Clara
Meaning:Light, clean, transparent
Variations in other languages:  Claire (English, French)
Famous Persons: Klara Novikova is a famous Russian comedian and pop artist.

81.  Karolina

How to pronounce: kah-ro-LEE-nah
Origin: Old German
Male Version of the name:Karl
Alternative spelling: Kara
Variations in other languages:  Carolina (English), Caroline (French)
Famous Persons: Karolina Pavlova was a Russian poet and novelist. 
Interesting Fact:The name appeared paired with the masculine Karl, whose original meaning was “man”. The meaning of “king” appeared after the reign of Charlemagne.

82.  Paulina 

How to pronounce: pah-u-LEE-nah
Origin: Latin Paulinus 
Meaning:Small; humble
Male Version of the name:Pavel
Alternative spelling: Pavlina, Pavla, Paula 
Famous Persons: Paulina Andreeva is a famous Russian actress. 

83.  Raisa 

How to pronounce: rah-EE-sah
Origin: Ancient Greek 
Meaning:The hero’s daughters
Alternative spelling: Raya
Famous Persons: Raisa Florenskaya is a Russian artist. 
Interesting Fact:Abbreviated form of the Greek name Iraida.

84.  Regina 

How to pronounce: ryeh-GEE-nah
Origin: Latin Regina
Meaning:The Queen , the ruler
Famous Persons: Regina Todorenko is a famous Ukrainian and Russian TV presenter.

85.  Renata

How to pronounce: ryeh-NAH-tah
Origin: Latin Renatus
Meaning:Reborn, born again
Male Version of the name:Renat
Alternative spelling: Rena, Rina
Famous Persons: Renata Litvinova is a famous Soviet and Russian actress, screenwriter and film director.
Interesting Fact:It is thought that the names Renata and Renat in the USSR were formed by adding the beginning of three words: Revolution (РЕволюция) + Science (НАука) + Labor (Труд).

86.  Ruslana 

How to pronounce: rooh-SLAH-nah
Origin: Turkic Arslan 
Male Version of the name:Ruslan
Alternative spelling: Lana
Famous Persons: Ruslana (Lyzhychko) is a famous Ukrainian singer.

87.  Ulyana 

How to pronounce: oo-LYAH-nah
Origin: Latin Julianus
Meaning:Belonging to July
Male Version of the name:Ulyan
Alternative spelling: Ulya, Uliana
Famous Persons: Uliana Sergeenko is a famous Russian fashion designer.
Interesting Fact:The name Ulyana is related to the name Julia.

Unique Old Slavic Russian Names For Girls

By giving your daughter a rare name, you can highlight certain features that you imagine your child will have when she grows up. These names are usually beautiful, majestic, and melodic. In Russia, it is now fashionable to give your children Old Slavic names. 

88.  Agniya 

How to pronounce: agh-NEEH-ya
Origin: Ancient Greek ἁγνεία
Variations in other languages:  Agnes (English, German), Agnesse (Spain), Agnieszka (Polish) 
Famous Persons: Agniya Barto was a Soviet poet and children’s writer. 
Interesting Fact:There is a version that the name comes from the Latin agnus, which means “lamb”.

89.  Evdokiya 

How to pronounce: yehv-doh-KEEH-yah
Origin: Ancient Greek Εὐδοκία
Alternative spelling: Avdotya, Dusya, Dunya 
Variations in other languages:  Eudossia (Italian)
Famous Persons: Evdokiya (Yevdokiya) Pasko was a squadron navigator in the Soviet all-female 46th Taman Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment during World War II.

90.  Feodosia 

How to pronounce: fe-oh-DOS-yah
Origin: Ancient Greek Θεοδοσία
Male Version of the name:Feodosy
Alternative spelling: Fedosya, Fenya
Famous Persons: Feodosia Barvinskaya is a Soviet Ukrainian actress.

91.  Fyokla 

How to pronounce: FYO-klah
Origin: Ancient Greek Θέκλα
Meaning:Glory of God
Variations in other languages:  Thecla (English), Tecla (Spanish, Italian), Thècle (French)
Famous Persons: Fyokla Tolstaya is a famous Russian journalist and TV presenter. Great-great-granddaughter of Lev Tolstoy. 

92.  Klavdiya

How to pronounce: KLAHV-dee-ya
Origin: Latin Claudius
Male Version of the name:Klavdy
Alternative spelling: Klava
Variations in other languages:Claudia (English)
Famous Persons: Claudia Shiffer is a German model and actress based in the United Kingdom. 
Interesting Fact:The name is one of the epithets of the Roman god Vulcan, who was lame.

93.  Malvina 

How to pronounce: mahl-VEE-nah
Origin: Old German mālv’/melvinLatin Malva
Meaning:Weak, tenderThe name of the plant is Mallow
Variations in other languages:  Malvie (English), Malwiene (German) 
Famous Persons: Malvina Shvidler is a Soviet and Ukrainian actress. 

94.  Pelageya 

How to pronounce: peh-lah-GE-yah
Origin: Ancient Greek πέλαγος 
Meaning:A sea
Alternative spelling: Gelya
Variations in other languages:  Pélagie (French) 
Famous Persons: Pelageya (Polina) Telegina is a famous Russian singer. 

95.  Praskovya

How to pronounce: prah-SKOH-vya
Origin: Ancient Greek  παρασκευή
Meaning:Holiday eve
Alternative spelling: Pronya
Variations in other languages:  Praskewia (English), Paraska (Ukrainian) 
Famous Persons: Praskovya Uvarova was a Russian archeologist.
Interesting Fact:Russian version of the Greek name Paraskeva.

96.  Serafima 

How to pronounce: sye-rah-FEE-mah
Origin: Ancient Hebrew שְׂרָפִים‎
Male Version of the name:Serafim
Alternative spelling: Fima, Sima
Famous Persons: Serafima Bazhina was a Russian writer.

97.  Ursula 

How to pronounce: oohr-SOO-lah
Origin: Latin Ursula
Alternative spelling: Ursulina
Variations in other languages:  Urszula (Polish)
Famous Persons: Ursula le Guin is a famous American writer.
Interesting Fact:The name came to Russia from Europe.

98.  Varvara

How to pronounce: vahr-VAHR-rah
Origin: Ancient Greek βάρβαρος
Meaning:Foreign woman
Alternative spelling: Varya
Variations in other languages:  Barbara (English).
Famous Persons: Varvara Annenkova was a prominent Russian poet
Interesting Fact:The name Barbie is an abbreviated version of the name Barbara, which is related to the Russian name Varvara.

99.  Vasilisa

How to pronounce: vah-see-LEE-sah
Origin: Ancient Greek Βασίλισσα
Male Version of the name:Vasily
Alternative spelling: Vasya, Vasilina
Interesting Fact:The name Vasilisa is one of the most common names in Russian folk tales.

100.  Zlata 

How to pronounce: ZLAH-tah
Origin: Ancient Hebrew ‏זלאַטע
Alternative spelling: Zlatka
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Bottom Line

Russian names are fascinating and beautiful, imbued with layers of meaning. We gathered for you 200 of the most popular, rare, traditional and unique names for boys and girls in our article. Hopefully, you found the name you were looking for for your little one!

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