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This is a list of names in which the gender is feminine; and the usage is Russian.
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AGAFYA f Russian
Russian form of AGATHA.
AGATA f Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, Slovene, Russian, Croatian, Serbian
Form of AGATHA in various languages.
AGLAYA f Russian
Russian form of AGLAIA.
AGNESSA f Russian
Russian form of AGNES.
AGRAFENA f Russian
Russian form of AGRIPPINA.
AKILINA f Russian
Russian form of the Roman name Aquilina, a feminine derivative of AQUILA.
AKSINYA f Russian
Variant of KSENIYA.
AKULINA f Russian
Variant of AKILINA.
ALBINA f Russian, Ukrainian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Slovene, Polish, German, Lithuanian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of ALBINUS. This was the name of a few early saints, including a 3rd-century martyr from Caesarea.
ALEX m & f English, Dutch, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian, Greek, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Hungarian, Czech, Russian
Short form of ALEXANDER, ALEXANDRA, and other names beginning with Alex.
ALEXANDRA f English, German, Dutch, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Greek, Portuguese, Romanian, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Catalan, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian, Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
Feminine form of ALEXANDER. In Greek mythology this was a Mycenaean epithet of the goddess Hera, and an alternate name of Cassandra. It was borne by several early Christian saints, and also by the wife of Nicholas II, the last czar of Russia. She was from Germany and had the birth name Alix, but was renamed Александра (Aleksandra) upon joining the Russian Church.
ALISA f Russian, Ukrainian, Bosnian, Finnish
Russian, Ukrainian, Bosnian and Finnish form of ALICE.
ALLA f Russian, Ukrainian
Meaning unknown, possibly of German origin.
ALLOCHKA f Russian
Russian diminutive of ALLA.
ALYA (2) f Russian
Diminutive of ALEKSANDRA, ALBINA, and other names beginning with Ал.
ALYONA f Russian
Originally a Russian diminutive of YELENA. It is now used independently.
ANASTASIA f Greek, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, English, Spanish, Italian, Georgian, Ancient Greek
Feminine form of ANASTASIUS. This was the name of a 4th-century Dalmatian saint who was martyred during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian. Due to her, the name has been common in Eastern Orthodox Christianity (in various spellings). As an English name it has been in use since the Middle Ages. A famous bearer was the youngest daughter of the last Russian tsar Nicholas II, who was rumoured to have escaped the execution of her family in 1918.
ANASTASIYA f Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Bulgarian
Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian form of ANASTASIA. This name was borne by the wife of the Russian czar Ivan the Terrible.
ANFISA f Russian
Russian form of the Greek name Ανθουσα (Anthousa), which was derived from Greek ανθος (anthos) "flower". This was the name of a 9th-century Byzantine saint.
ANGELA f English, Italian, German, Dutch, Romanian, Slovene, Slovak, Russian, Macedonian, Late Roman
Feminine form of Angelus (see ANGEL). As an English name, it came into use in the 18th century.
ANGELINA f Italian, English, Russian, German, Dutch, Spanish, Greek, Macedonian
Latinate diminutive of ANGELA. A famous bearer is American actress Angelina Jolie (1975-).
ANIA f Polish, Russian
Polish diminutive of ANNA, and an alternate transcription of Russian Аня (see ANYA).
ANNA f English, Italian, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Latvian, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Czech, Slovak, Bulgarian, Icelandic, Faroese, Catalan, Occitan, Breton, Biblical, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of Channah (see HANNAH) used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament. Many later Old Testament translations, including the English, use the Hannah spelling instead of Anna. The name appears briefly in the New Testament belonging to a prophetess who recognized Jesus as the Messiah. It was a popular name in the Byzantine Empire from an early date, and in the Middle Ages it became common among Western Christians due to veneration of Saint Anna (usually known as Saint Anne in English), the name traditionally assigned to the mother of the Virgin Mary. In the English-speaking world, this form came into general use in the 18th century, joining Ann and Anne.... [more]
ANNUSHKA f Russian
Russian diminutive of ANNA.
ANTONINA f Italian, Polish, Russian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Antoninus (see ANTONINO).
ANUSHKA f Russian
Variant of ANNUSHKA.
ANYA f Russian
Russian diminutive of ANNA.
ANZHELA f Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of ANGELA.
ANZHELIKA f Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of ANGELICA.
APOLLINARIYA f Russian
Russian feminine form of APOLLINARIS.
ARIADNA f Spanish, Catalan, Russian, Polish
Spanish, Catalan, Russian and Polish form of ARIADNE.
ARINA f Russian
Russian variant of IRINA.
ARISHA f Russian
Diminutive of ARINA.
AVDOTYA f Russian
Russian form of EUDOCIA.
BOLESLAVA f Czech (Rare), Russian (Rare)
Czech and Russian feminine form of BOLESŁAW.
BRONISLAVA f Czech, Slovak, Russian
Czech, Slovak and Russian feminine form of BRONISŁAW.
DARYA (1) f Russian, Belarusian
Russian and Belarusian form of DARIA.
DIANA f English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Catalan, German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Russian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Polish, Czech, Roman Mythology
Probably derived from an old Indo-European root meaning "heavenly, divine", related to dyeus (see ZEUS). Diana was a Roman goddess of the moon, hunting, forests, and childbirth, often identified with the Greek goddess Artemis.... [more]
DUNYA f Russian
Diminutive of AVDOTYA.
DUNYASHA f Russian
Diminutive of AVDOTYA.
EKATERINA f Bulgarian, Macedonian, Russian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of KATHERINE, and an alternate transcription of Russian Екатерина (see YEKATERINA).
ELENA f Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Slovak, Lithuanian, Russian, Greek, German, English, Medieval Slavic
Form of HELEN used in various languages, as well as an alternate transcription of Russian Елена (see YELENA).
ELIZAVETA f Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Елизавета (see YELIZAVETA).
ELVIRA f Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Russian
Spanish form of a Visigothic name, possibly composed of the Germanic elements ala "all" and wer "true". This is the name of a character in Mozart's opera 'Don Giovanni' (1787).
ESFIR f Russian
Russian form of ESTHER.
EVA f Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, English, Czech, Slovak, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Greek, Slovene, Bulgarian, Croatian, Russian, Georgian, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin
Form of EVE used in various languages. This form is used in the Latin translation of the New Testament, while Hava is used in the Latin Old Testament. The name appears in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' (1852) belonging to the character Little Eva, whose real name is in fact Evangeline.... [more]
EVDOKIYA f Bulgarian, Russian
Bulgarian form of EUDOCIA, and an alternate transcription of Russian Евдокия (see YEVDOKIYA).
EVGENIA f Greek, Russian, Bulgarian
Modern Greek form of EUGENIA. It is also an alternate transcription of Russian Евгения (see YEVGENIYA) or Bulgarian Евгения (see EVGENIYA).
EVGENIYA f Bulgarian, Russian
Bulgarian form of EUGENIA and an alternate transcription of Russian Евгения (see YEVGENIYA).
EVPRAKSIYA f Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Евпраксия (see YEVPRAKSIYA).
FAINA f Russian
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from PHAENNA.
FEDORA f Russian
Russian form of THEODORA.
FEODORA f Russian
Russian form of THEODORA.
GALA (1) f Russian
Short form of GALINA.
GALINA f Russian, Bulgarian
Russian and Bulgarian feminine form of Galenos (see GALEN).
GALYA f Russian
Diminutive of GALINA.
GENNADIYA f Russian
Feminine form of GENNADIY.
GRUSHA f Russian
Diminutive of AGRAFENA.
INNA f Russian, Ukrainian
Meaning unknown. This was the name of an early Scythian saint and martyr, a male, supposedly a disciple of Saint Andrew.
IRA (2) f Russian
Short form of IRINA.
IRINA f Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Romanian, Finnish, Georgian
Form of IRENE in several languages.
IRINUSHKA f Russian
Russian diminutive of IRINA.
ISIDORA f Spanish, Portuguese, Serbian, Russian (Rare), Italian (Rare), English (Rare), Ancient Greek
Feminine form of ISIDORE. This was the name of a 4th-century Egyptian saint and hermitess.
JEKATERINA f Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Екатерина (see YEKATERINA).
JULIA f English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Spanish, Polish, Finnish, Russian, Ukrainian, Ancient Roman, Biblical
Feminine form of the Roman family name JULIUS. Among the notable women from this family were Julia Augusta (also known as Livia Drusilla), the wife of Emperor Augustus, and Julia the Elder, the daughter of Augustus and the wife of Tiberius. A person by this name has a brief mention in the New Testament. It was also borne by a few early saints and martyrs, including the patron saint of Corsica. Additionally, Shakespeare used it in his comedy 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' (1594).... [more]
JULIYA f Russian, Ukrainian
Alternate transcription of Russian Юлия or Ukrainian Юлія (see YULIYA).
KATENKA f Russian
Diminutive of YEKATERINA.
KATERINA f Macedonian, Russian, Bulgarian, Greek, Late Roman
Macedonian form of KATHERINE, a Russian short form of YEKATERINA, a Bulgarian short form of EKATERINA, and a Greek variant of AIKATERINE.
KATIA f Italian, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Italian diminutive of CATERINA, as well as an alternate transcription of Cyrillic Катя (see KATYA).
KATYA f Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Russian diminutive of YEKATERINA.
KATYUSHA f Russian
Diminutive of YEKATERINA.
KIRA (1) f Russian
Russian feminine form of CYRUS.
KLAVA f Russian
Diminutive of KLAVDIYA.
KLAVDIYA f Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian feminine form of CLAUDIUS.
KRISTINA f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Russian, German, Slovene, Czech, Lithuanian, Serbian, Croatian, Faroese, English, Bulgarian
Form of CHRISTINA in several languages. It is also an English variant of CHRISTINA and a Bulgarian variant of HRISTINA.
KSENIA f Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Polish form of XENIA, as well as an alternate transcription of Russian Ксения or Ukrainian/Belarusian Ксенія (see KSENIYA).
KSENIYA f Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian form of XENIA.
KSYUSHA f Russian
Diminutive of KSENIYA.
LADA f Slavic Mythology, Czech, Russian, Croatian
Meaning uncertain. This was the name of a Slavic fertility goddess. It can also be a diminutive of VLADISLAVA or VLADIMIRA.
LANA f English, Russian, Croatian, Serbian
Short form of ALANA (English) or SVETLANA (Russian). In the English-speaking world, it was popularized by actress Lana Turner (1921-1995).
LARA (1) f Russian, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Hungarian, Slovene, Croatian
Russian short form of LARISA. It was introduced to the English-speaking world by a character from Boris Pasternak's novel 'Doctor Zhivago' (1957) and the subsequent movie adaptation (1965).
LARISA f Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Latvian, Greek Mythology
Possibly derived from the name of the ancient city of Larisa in Thessaly, which meant "citadel". In Greek legends, the nymph Larisa was either a daughter or mother of Pelasgus, the ancestor of the mythical Pelasgians. This name was later borne by a 4th-century Greek martyr who is venerated as a saint in the Eastern Church. The name (of the city, nymph and saint) is commonly Latinized as Larissa, with a double s.
LENA f Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Polish, Russian, English, Italian, Portuguese, Greek
Short form of names ending in lena, such as HELENA, MAGDALENA or YELENA.
LERA f Russian, Ukrainian
Short form of VALERIYA.
LIDIYA f Russian, Bulgarian
Russian and Bulgarian form of LYDIA.
LIDOCHKA f Russian
Russian diminutive of LIDIYA.
LILIA f Spanish, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian
Spanish and Italian form of LILY, as well as an alternate transcription of Russian Лилия or Ukrainian Лілія (see LILIYA).
LILIYA f Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian cognate of LILY.
LILYA f Russian, Ukrainian
Alternate transcription of Russian Лилия or Ukrainian Лілія (see LILIYA).
LIOUBA f Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Люба (see LYUBA).
LIZAVETA f Russian
Short form of YELIZAVETA.
LUBA f Russian, Ukrainian
Alternate transcription of Russian/Ukrainian Люба (see LYUBA).
LUDMILA f Czech, Latvian, Russian
Means "favour of the people" from the Slavic elements lyudu "people" and milu "gracious, dear". Saint Ludmila was a 10th-century duchess of Bohemia, the grandmother of Saint Václav. She was murdered on the orders of her daughter-in-law Drahomíra.... [more]
LUDMILLA f Russian, Bulgarian
Alternate transcription of Russian/Bulgarian Людмила (see LYUDMILA).
LYUBA f Russian, Ukrainian
Diminutive of LYUBOV.
LYUBOV f Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian
Derived from the Slavic element lyuby meaning "love".
LYUDMILA f Russian, Bulgarian, Medieval Slavic
Russian and Bulgarian form of LUDMILA. This was the name of a character in Aleksandr Pushkin's poem 'Ruslan and Lyudmila' (1820).
MANYA f Russian
Russian diminutive of MARIA.
MARFA f Russian
Russian form of MARTHA.
MARGARITA f Spanish, Russian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Greek, Late Roman
Latinate form of MARGARET. This is also a Latin word meaning "pearl" and a Spanish word meaning "daisy flower" (species Leucanthemum vulgare).
MARIA f & m Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Occitan, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Faroese, Dutch, Frisian, Greek, Polish, Romanian, English, Finnish, Corsican, Sardinian, Basque, Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin, Old Church Slavic
Latin form of Greek Μαρια, from Hebrew מִרְיָם (see MARY). Maria is the usual form of the name in many European languages, as well as a secondary form in other languages such as English (where the common spelling is Mary). In some countries, for example Germany, Poland and Italy, Maria is occasionally used as a masculine middle name.... [more]
MARIYA f Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian form of MARIA.
MARYA f Russian
Russian variant form of MARIA.
MARYANA f Russian
Russian variant of MARIANNA.
MASHA f Russian
Russian diminutive of MARIYA.
MATRONA f Russian, Late Roman
Means "lady" in Late Latin. This was the name of three early saints.
MATRYONA f Russian
Variant of MATRONA.
MILA f Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Originally a diminutive of Slavic names containing the element milu "gracious, dear".
MILANA f Serbian, Croatian, Russian, Czech
Feminine form of MILAN.
MILENA f Bulgarian, Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Italian
Feminine form of MILAN. It began to be used in Italy in honour of Milena Vukotić (1847-1923), mother of Helen of Montenegro, the wife of the Italian king Victor Emmanuel III. In Italy it can also be considered a combination of MARIA and ELENA.
MOTYA m & f Russian
Diminutive of MATVEY or MATRONA.
NADEJDA f Russian, Bulgarian
Alternate transcription of Russian/Bulgarian Надежда (see NADEZHDA).
NADEZHDA f Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Ukrainian
Means "hope" in Slavic.
NADIA (1) f French, Italian, English, Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian
Variant of NADYA (1) used in the western world, as well as an alternate transcription of the Slavic name. It began to be used in France in the 19th century. The name received a boost in popularity from the Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci (1961-).
NASTASIA f Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Настасья (see NASTASYA).
NASTASYA f Russian
Short form of ANASTASIYA.
NASTYA f Russian
Diminutive of ANASTASIYA.
NATA f Russian
Short form of NATALYA.
NATALI f Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of NATALIE.
NATALIYA f Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of Natalia (see NATALIE).
NATALYA f Russian
Russian form of Natalia (see NATALIE).
NATASHA f Russian, English
Russian diminutive of NATALYA. This is the name of a character in Leo Tolstoy's novel 'War and Peace' (1865). It has been used in the English-speaking world only since the 20th century.
NELLI f Russian, Finnish
Russian and Finnish form of NELLY.
NIKA (1) f & m Russian
Russian short form of VERONIKA and other names ending in nika. It can also be a short form of NIKITA (1) (masculine).
NINA (1) f Russian, Italian, English, German, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, Polish, Slovene, Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Serbian
Short form of names that end in nina, such as ANTONINA or GIANNINA. It was imported to Western Europe from Russia and Italy in the 19th century. This name also nearly coincides with the Spanish word niña meaning "little girl".
NINA (3) f Russian
Russian form of NINO (2).
NINEL f Russian
Reversal of the name Lenin. Lenin was the founder of the former Soviet state. This name was created by Communist parents who were eager to reject traditional names.
NONNA f Russian
Russian form of NONA (2).
OKSANA f Ukrainian, Russian
Ukrainian form of XENIA.
OLESYA f Ukrainian, Russian
Ukrainian diminutive of OLEKSANDRA. This was the name of an 1898 novel by the Russian author Aleksandr Kuprin.
OLGA f Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Latvian, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Czech, Slovene, Serbian, Bulgarian, Greek
Russian form of HELGA. The Varangians brought it from Scandinavia to Russia. The 10th-century Saint Olga was the wife of Igor I, grand prince of Kievan Rus (a state based around the city of Kiev). Following his death she ruled as regent for her son for 18 years. After she was baptized in Constantinople she attempted to convert her subjects to Christianity.
OLYA f Russian
Diminutive of OLGA.
OXANA f Ukrainian, Russian
Alternate transcription of Ukrainian/Russian Оксана (see OKSANA).
PELAGEYA f Russian
Russian form of PELAGIA.
PELAGIYA f Russian
Russian form of PELAGIA.
PETIA m & f Russian, Bulgarian
Alternate transcription of Russian/Bulgarian Петя (see PETYA).
PETYA m & f Russian, Bulgarian
Russian masculine diminutive of PYOTR or Bulgarian feminine diminutive of PETAR.
POLINA f Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Greek
Either a Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Greek form of PAULINA or a short form of APOLLINARIYA.
PRASKOVIYA f Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Прасковья (see PRASKOVYA).
PRASKOVYA f Russian
Russian form of PARASKEVE.
RADA f Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian
Derived from the Slavic element rad meaning "happy, willing".
RAISA (1) f Russian
Possibly from the Greek name HERAIS. This was the name of a saint and martyr killed in Alexandria during the early 4th-century persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian.
ROKSANA f Russian, Polish
Russian and Polish form of ROXANA.
ROZA (1) f Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian
Means "rose" in some Slavic languages. It is a cognate of ROSA (1).
ROZALIYA f Russian
Russian form of ROSALIA.
RUF f Russian
Russian form of RUTH (1).
SABINA f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Polish, Czech, Slovene, Russian, Croatian, Swedish, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Sabinus, a Roman cognomen meaning "Sabine" in Latin. The Sabines were an ancient people who lived in central Italy, their lands eventually taken over by the Romans after several wars. According to legend, the Romans abducted several Sabine women during a raid, and when the men came to rescue them, the women were able to make peace between the two groups. This name was borne by several early saints.
SANYA (2) m & f Russian
Diminutive of ALEKSANDR or ALEKSANDRA.
SASHA m & f Russian, Ukrainian, English, French
Russian and Ukrainian diminutive of ALEKSANDR or ALEKSANDRA.
SELENA f Spanish, Russian, Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of SELENE. This name was borne by popular Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla (1971-1995), who was known simply as Selena.
SERAFIMA f Russian, Macedonian
Russian and Macedonian form of SERAPHINA.
SHURA f & m Russian
Russian diminutive of ALEKSANDRA or ALEKSANDR.
SLAVA m & f Russian, Slovene, Croatian
Short form of Slavic names containing the element slava "glory".
SNEZHANA f Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian
Russian, Bulgarian and Macedonian cognate of SNJEŽANA.
SOFIYA f Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian form of SOPHIA.
SOFYA f Russian
Russian form of SOPHIA.
SONYA f Russian, English
Russian diminutive of SOPHIA. This is the name of a character in Leo Tolstoy's novel 'War and Peace' (1869, English translation 1886).
STASYA f Russian
Diminutive of STANISLAVA or ANASTASIYA.
STEFANIYA f Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian
Russian, Bulgarian and Ukrainian feminine form of STEPHEN.
SUSANNA f Italian, Catalan, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Dutch, English, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Old Church Slavic
From Σουσαννα (Sousanna), the Greek form of the Hebrew name שׁוֹשַׁנָּה (Shoshannah). This was derived from the Hebrew word שׁוֹשָׁן (shoshan) meaning "lily" (in modern Hebrew this also means "rose"), perhaps ultimately from Egyptian sšn "lotus". In the Old Testament Apocrypha this is the name of a woman falsely accused of adultery. The prophet Daniel clears her name by tricking her accusers, who end up being condemned themselves. It also occurs in the New Testament belonging to a woman who ministers to Jesus.... [more]
SVETA f Russian
Short form of SVETLANA.
SVETLANA f Russian, Slovak, Bulgarian, Serbian, Macedonian
Derived from Slavic svet meaning "light, world". It was popularized by the poem 'Svetlana' (1813) by the Russian poet Vasily Zhukovsky. It is sometimes used as a translation of Photine.
SYUZANNA f Russian
Russian variant of SUSANNA.
TAISIA f Russian, Ukrainian
Alternate transcription of Russian Таисия or Ukrainian Таїсія (see TAISIYA).
TAISIYA f Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of THAÏS (referring to the saint).
TAMARA f Russian, Ukrainian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Hungarian, English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian
Russian form of TAMAR. Russian performers such as Tamara Karsavina (1885-1978), Tamara Drasin (1905-1943), Tamara Geva (1907-1997) and Tamara Toumanova (1919-1996) introduced it to the English-speaking world. It was also borne by the Polish cubist painter Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980).
TANYA f Russian, English
Russian diminutive of TATIANA. It began to be used in the English-speaking world during the 1930s.
TASHA f Russian, English
Short form of NATASHA.
TATIANA f Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Polish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Greek, Georgian, English, Russian, Bulgarian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of the Roman name Tatianus, a derivative of the Roman name TATIUS. This was the name of a 3rd-century saint who was martyred in Rome under the emperor Alexander Severus. She was especially venerated in Orthodox Christianity, and the name has been common in Russia (as Татьяна) and Eastern Europe. It was not regularly used in the English-speaking world until the 1980s.
TATYANA f Russian, Bulgarian
Russian and Bulgarian form of TATIANA.
TOMA (1) f Russian
Diminutive of TAMARA.
TONYA f English, Russian
English diminutive of ANTONIA or a Russian diminutive of ANTONINA. In the English-speaking world its use has likely been positively influenced by the name TANYA.
ULIANA f Russian, Ukrainian
Alternate transcription of Russian Ульяна or Ukrainian Уляна (see ULYANA).
ULYANA f Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of JULIANA.
USTINYA f Russian
Russian form of JUSTINA.
VALENTINA f Italian, Russian, Croatian, Macedonian, Slovene, Romanian, Spanish, Greek, Latvian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Valentinus (see VALENTINE (1)). A famous bearer was the Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova (1937-), who in 1963 became the first woman to visit space.
VALERIYA f Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian feminine form of VALERIUS.
VARVARA f Russian, Greek, Bulgarian, Macedonian
Russian, Greek, Bulgarian and Macedonian form of BARBARA.
VARYA f Russian
Diminutive of VARVARA.
VASILISA f Russian
Russian feminine form of BASIL (1).
VASKA m & f Russian, Macedonian, Bulgarian
Russian diminutive of VASILIY (masculine) or a Macedonian and Bulgarian diminutive of VASILIJA (feminine).
VENERA f Russian, Bulgarian, Albanian
Russian, Bulgarian and Albanian form of VENUS.
VERA (1) f Russian, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, Romanian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Georgian
Means "faith" in Russian, though it is sometimes associated with the Latin word verus "true". It has been in general use in the English-speaking world since the late 19th century.
VEROCHKA f Russian
Russian diminutive of VERA (1).
VERUSHA f Russian
Russian diminutive of VERA (1).
VIKTORIA f German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Estonian, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
German and Scandinavian variant of VICTORIA. It is also an alternate transcription of Russian/Bulgarian Виктория or Ukrainian Вікторія (see VIKTORIYA).
VIKTORIYA f Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian form of VICTORIA.
VIOLETTA f Italian, Russian, Hungarian
Italian, Russian and Hungarian form of VIOLET.
VITALIYA f Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian feminine form of Vitalis (see VITALE).
VLADISLAVA f Russian, Czech
Feminine form of VLADISLAV.
YANA f Bulgarian, Russian, Ukrainian
Bulgarian, Russian and Ukrainian form of JANA (1).
YAROSLAVA f & m Russian, Ukrainian, Medieval Slavic
Russian and Ukrainian feminine form of JAROSŁAW.
YEKATERINA f Russian
Russian form of KATHERINE.
YELENA f Russian
Russian form of HELEN.
YELIZAVETA f Russian
Russian form of ELIZABETH. This was the name of an 18th-century Russian empress.
YESENIYA f Russian
Russian form of YESENIA. The 1971 Mexican movie was extremely popular in the Soviet Union.
YESFIR f Russian
Russian form of ESTHER.
YEVA f Russian, Armenian
Russian and Armenian form of EVE.
YEVDOKIYA f Russian
Russian form of EUDOCIA.
YEVGENIYA f Russian
Russian form of EUGENIA.
YEVPRAKSIYA f Russian
Russian form of EUPRAXIA. This was the name of a daughter of Vsevolod I, grand prince of Kiev, who became the wife of the Holy Roman emperor Henry IV.
YULIA f Russian, Ukrainian
Alternate transcription of Russian Юлия or Ukrainian Юлія (see YULIYA).
YULIANA f Russian, Bulgarian, Indonesian
Russian, Bulgarian and Indonesian form of JULIANA.
YULIANNA f Russian
Russian form of JULIANA.
YULIYA f Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian form of JULIA.
YUSTINA f Russian
Russian form of JUSTINA.
ZHANNA f Russian
Russian form of JEANNE.
ZHANNOCHKA f Russian
Diminutive of ZHANNA.
ZHENYA f & m Russian, Bulgarian
Russian diminutive of YEVGENIYA or YEVGENIY or a Bulgarian diminutive of EVGENIYA.
ZINA f Russian
Short form of ZINAIDA.
ZINAIDA f Russian
Russian form of ZENAIDA.
ZINOVIYA f Russian (Rare), Ukrainian (Rare)
Russian and Ukrainian form of ZENOBIA.
ZOYA f Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian form of ZOE.