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Very beautiful name! Means LIGHT!
guilope  4/4/2005
The Ukrainian version of this name is Svitlana, with the same meaning as Svetlana.
― Anonymous User  9/16/2005
Svet means "world". It is derived from "svetlo" meaning "light".
vmzupa  1/24/2006
I never heard of any "svet-" meaning world, what is the origin of that?

My mother's name is Svetlana and svet means light in Russian. In English, she commonly uses "Lana."
SterlingNami  2/5/2006
"Svet" is Serbian word meaning "World". This is from Wikipedia: Boris Rybakov argued for identification of the faces with the gods Perun, Svarog, Lada and Mokosh (c.f. Zbruch idol). Joined together, they see all four sides of the world. This gave rise to a false etymology of the name of the god as "worldseer" (svet = "world", vid = "sight"; Svetovid = "worldseer").
vmzupa  6/16/2006
The correct pronunciation of Svetlana is svet-LAH-nah.
AndrewJKD  2/18/2006
Svetlana Khorkina was a famous Russian gymnast. She was very graceful and beautiful to watch.
alimorag  4/12/2006
This is a VERY popular name in Russia - like the equivilant to Brittany here in America. A pet form is Svety. It isn't so well-thought of in most other places because people think it sounds harsh, and Svety reminds them of Sweaty. I LOVE it though! It's so pretty! :D.
little_kit  5/8/2006
Svetlana from The Real World Key West is a famous bearer.
arabgoddess  5/20/2006
This is my name! I love it! All Svetlanas are cute! =)
Samantha-Svetlana  6/1/2006
"Svet" means "world" in Russian, and the meaning of "light" comes from the Bulgarian word "svetlina".
Hai_fisch  6/1/2006
Other pet forms of Svetlana are Svetla or Svetle.
Hai_fisch  6/1/2006
Josef Stalin's youngest child and only daughter, Svetlana Stalina, who defected to the United States in 1967. She now lives in a retirement home in Minnesota. I have always thought this name was very seductive and glamorous.
elizabeth hamlet  10/4/2006
Svetlana's a really beautiful name, it's also my friend's name, she's Russian and Greek. It fits her perfect, she's funny, beautiful, nice, I would middle name my daughter this when I have her (in like 15 years!)
― Anonymous User  1/12/2007
The origin of this name's Slavic! I read this in babynames. I love this name!
kreaso  1/29/2007
A famous bearer is Czech actress Světlana Nálepková. She was born 2nd July 1960 Praha, Czechia.
Karcoolka  5/26/2007
Pronounced as "Sviet-lah-nah". Světlana´s pet forms are Světla, Svetty, Světka, Lana.
Karcoolka  5/26/2007
Also a feminine name in Slovenia.
earthnut  7/18/2007
Slovak pronunciation is "SVEHT-LAH-nah".
Maggie_Simpson  9/15/2007
Please correct your entry:
Derived from Slavic svet meaning "light".
To read:
Derived from Slavic svetlo, or svetla, meaning "light".
PS: svet means "world" in some Slavic languages (Serbian).
LanaS  9/17/2007
Svetlana Zakharova, born in 1979, principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow.

Svetlana Aleksandrovna Kuznetsova, born in 1985, Russian professional tennis player.

Svetlana Boguinskaia, born in 1973, World and Olympic champion gymnast.

Svetlana Khorkina, born in 1979, World and European Champion gymnast.

Svetlana Stević, singer of Serbian traditional music .
LanaS  9/17/2007
The most common nickname to Svetlana, is Sveta. Or Svetik. I don't know any Svetlanas with Svety as a nickname. My name is Svetlana but everyone I know calls me Sveta.
― Anonymous User  11/7/2007
Nickname: Lana.
― Anonymous User  3/18/2008
'Svet' in Serbian means 'world' but 'svetlo' means light in Serbian and 'sveto' means 'holy'. Similarly 'mir' in Serbian means 'peace' but its obsolete meaning is 'world'. In Russian for example 'mir' still means 'world' or 'planet'.
mssdm  4/30/2008
Ukrainian form is Svitlana. [noted -ed]
Emilie007  6/22/2008
Svetlana Savitskaya, the second Soviet woman-astronaut. In Saint-Petersburg (Russia) there is the big factory named Svetlana.
NadinAda  9/1/2008
Svetlana Nazarova is a key character of Sergei Lukyanenko's novels: Night Watch, Day Watch, Twilight Watch and Final Watch.
Reby  7/24/2009
Svetlana is really interesting and beautiful, and the meaning's also interesting-- light.
-Julia-  8/20/2009
I love this name, but I also prefer the Croatian version- Svjetlana. Serbian pronunciation is SVET-la-nah, and Russian svet-LAH-nah. Pronunciation of Svjetlana is SVYET-la-nah.
enchy  9/24/2009
The origin of the name is wrong. It derives from 'svetlo' meaning 'light' not 'svet' meaning 'world'. Similar looking but different words. The name means "she who is light" not literally 'light'.

Ps. One of the most beautiful and gracious names on the planet.
― Anonymous User  12/27/2010
English pronunciation is "svyet-LAH-nah".
― Anonymous User  2/19/2011
In English it's more likely to be pronounced sweat-lana or they just look at the paper blankly and you tell them "just call me Lana".
Anonymous user  6/10/2012
The name Svetlana was given to 38 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/19/2013
I love the way this name sounds.
absullivan  8/29/2015
I really like this name. As a native English speaker, I don't think anyone would pronounce it sweat-lana except for maybe a child who has trouble with V's. This name seems like it's been used a lot in the movies for Russian spies (thanks a lot Hollywood). I don't think it's necessary to give a nickname either.
TheArtemisMoon  9/18/2015
I LOVE THIS NAME SO MUCH. Russian names have always appealed to me, and I'd rather have a unique name such as Evgeniya, Elizaveta, or Svetlana as opposed to my boring and common name: Hannah. This name is beautiful and strong to me, and though it might be common in Slavic countries, I'd prefer it over my name.
― Anonymous User  11/8/2015
Svetlana Ražnatović, known by her stage name Ceca is a Serbian turbo-folk singer, and one of the most popular singers in Serbia and the Balkans. She started her career as a folk singer in 1988.
cutenose  5/30/2016
Sexy Russian female name.
Trump2016  7/27/2016
No, I don't think any English speaker would have a problem pronouncing this name. It's pronounced the way it's spelled.

I think it's a pretty name. One of my favorite Russian names along with Nadezhda.
Morgan1599  12/7/2016
Another diminutive of this name is Svetka - my Russian relative by marriage is called Sveta or Svetka by her close friends. Lana is not a traditional pet form in Russia but has become widely used by Russian immigrants to the West.
Just Jonquil  12/10/2016
Svetlana Afanasyevna Svetlichnaya is a Soviet and Russian actress most famous for her role in The Diamond Arm. She was born in the city of Leninakan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union on May 15, 1940 to Afanasy Mikhailovich Svetlichnyi and Maria Feodorovna Zolotarёva. During World War II the family lived in the town of Kolomak in the Kharkiv Oblast, then moved to the city Okhtyrka in the Sumy Oblast. Her father was in the military, and the family followed her father to his place of service. They lived in Ukraine and Austria, and at the age of 10 Svetlana lived on the Baltic coast, in the city of Sovetsk in the Kaliningrad Oblast. When Svetlana graduated from high school, her mother sent her to Moscow by a train. There Svetlana went to the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography.
cutenose  6/10/2017
Beautiful and elegant with an awesome meaning!
Catricorn  11/30/2017
A famous bearer is Svetlana Alexievich (b. 1948). Alexievich is a journalist and author from Belarus who is known for her investigative works like "Voices from Chernobyl", which documented oral histories of Chernobyl survivors, and "War's Unwomanly Face", which documented the lives of Soviet women during WWII. Alexievich won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2015.
AndrewJKD  2/18/2018

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