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Nadya/Nadia is a pet name for Nadezhda. I love this name! I really like Russian names and Nadezhda is one of my favorites!
-- Anonymous User  11/21/2005
Nadezhda is pronounced Nah-desh-dah. I used to think it was Nad-eez-dah!
-- Anonymous User  11/21/2005
It's the name of Josef Stalin's second wife, Nadezhda Alliluyeva. She married him at age sixteen, bore him two chldren, and several years later committed suicide.
-- Jenna R  12/21/2005
In the Czech Republic it's written Nadìžda [NAD-jesh-da]. A name for about a 50 year old woman. A pet name is Naïa [NA-dja]. [noted -ed]
-- Anonymous User  1/19/2006
"Nadezhda" means "hope" in Bulgarian too and it is a popular female name in Bulgaria.
-- iva_toneva  5/4/2006
Also Serbian.
-- Carnaval  5/16/2006
"Nadejda" (the stress is on the "e") is a better Latin spelling than "Nadezhda", because anybody who does not know the name will possibly not pronounce "zh" as [j].
-- iva_toneva  6/11/2006
A famous bearer is Nadezhda Krupskaya, Vladimir Lenin's wife.
-- Catra  12/2/2006
In Czech it is Nadě?da, pet form is Naďa.
-- Maggie_Simpson  2/19/2007
Slovak pronunciation is "Nah-DEZH-dah".
-- Karcoolka  7/1/2007
I love this name! Naddie could be a cute nickname.
-- pandasayscynical  12/19/2007
The æ/zh sound in Íàäåæäà / Nadezhda is pronounced like 'j'. I have a friend called this and her Russian parents pronounce it something like but not quite 'nah-DYEJ(ZH)-dah'. It doesn't pronounce a traditional 'z' sound or an 'sh' sound, but that funny eastern European sound which isn't completely spot on a 'j' but not far off. Nadezhda is one of many abstract female Russian names such as Vera or Lyubov, which, with a lower case first letter, act as Russian nouns. Basically, a capitalised noun used as a name, so Nadezhda is a name and nadezhda is a noun. Which, when you think about it, is very obvious, haha.
-- UbiquitousUnicycle  2/13/2009
This name is so pretty--I've always thought Nadezhda Sheherazade was a beautiful combination. A little hard to spell, but beautiful nonetheless.
-- erb816  7/25/2009
As of 2010, Nadezhda Kosintseva is the highest ranked Russian woman chess player.
-- angolmois  6/24/2010
ZH/Ž/Ж sounds like the French pronunciation of the pronoun 'je' ('I' as in 'I am') since the English pronunciation od 'j' is not even close (this is for the non-Slavic individuals who I hope have heard French before). Or the S in English 'pleasure'.
-- Anonymous User  12/27/2010
I want to like this, but unfortuantely it reminds me of the Portuguese word nádega, which means "buttock".
-- Buneary  12/26/2012
Nadezhda Mandelstam is a famous Russian writer and was Osip Mandelstam's wife.
-- luna11  6/8/2013
Nadezhda von Meck was a wealthy Russian businesswoman who was the patroness of composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky for thirteen years.
-- Kosta  1/6/2014
Besides the familiar Nadya and its various diminutive forms, Dusya is also sometimes used as a nickname for Nadezhda.
-- Anyechka  8/12/2015
Russian nicknames for Nadezhda:

Nadya, Nadenka, Nadechka, Dusya, Nadyusha.
-- Anonymous User  12/15/2016
Nadezhda Andreyevna Tolokonnikova (nicknamed Nadya Toloko) is a member of the anti-Putinist punk rock group Pussy Riot.
-- Katherington  1/8/2017
Nadezhda Misyakova is a Belarusian singer. She represented Belarus in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with her song "Sokal".
-- cutenose  1/9/2017

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