Nadezhda
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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
Nadezhda Nikitichna Mikhalkova is a Russian actress. Nadezhda is the youngest daughter of actor and film director Nikita Mikhalkov and fashion designer Tatyana Shigaeva. Her brother Artyom and sister Anna are also actors. Nadezhda, aged 6, starred as Nadia Kotova in the film Burnt by the Sun directed by her father, who also played Nadia's father in the film. The film received the Grand Prize at Cannes and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, among many other honours.
-- cutenose  7/19/2017

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