Varvara
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In Russian it is pronounced var-VAH-rah. [noted -ed]
-- Elena Alexandra  2/8/2007
This is the name of a character in Magic for Marigold by L. M. Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables.
-- Anonymous User  6/13/2007
The diminutive for this name is Varya.
-- Jogitta  2/19/2011
Princess Varvara is a one-chapter character in L.M. Montgomery's book Magic for Marigold.

Non-fictional bearers of this name were :
Princess Varvara Nikolaevna Gagarine (1762–1802)

Princess Varvara Obolensky (1873-1913).
-- Alie.Meilian  2/23/2011
Derives from the Greek word: ΒΑΡΒΑΡΟΣ and its feminine form: ΒΑΡΒΑΡΑ = barbarian.
-- georgev1112  5/12/2012
Varvara Petrovna Stavrogina is the name of a character in Fyodor Dostoevsky's book "Demons." She is a wealthy older lady whose son is the primary character in the novel.
-- brilliantblue  9/27/2012
It means barbarian, so that's not really the nicest meaning, but it's a pretty name. I like it better than the English Barbara because I feel like the b's in that name are too harsh.
-- kvpp88  10/24/2014
Don't forget that the word "barbaros" (barbarian) originally was not necessarily derogatory. (It just meant a foreigner (one of those people who go "bar-bar-bar-bar").) (In Ancient Greek the letter "beta" had a b sound, not a v sound as in Modern Greek.)
-- Kosta  3/2/2015
I used to kind of like this name, and the nickname Varya, but now I dislike it as much as the English name Barbara. Varvara is as dated in Russia as Barbara is in the English-speaking world, though I've heard it's starting to be used a little bit more in recent years. It's just too heavy and old-fashioned for me.
-- Anyechka  4/4/2015
Varvara Stepanova, Soviet avant-garde artist and designer, and Varvara Rasputina, the younger daughter of Grigori Rasputin.
-- mymymetrocard  2/27/2016
In Russia it sounds very XIX century, a name from classic literature. Quite harsh. V-r-v-r. But it seems to return these last 5 years or so: I hear more and more about little girls named Varya.
Good name for singer or fashion designer, still pretty much an out of line, drawing attention kind of name.
-- Firr  3/1/2016

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