Russian Names

Russian names are used in the country of Russia and in Russian-speaking communities throughout the world. See also about Russian names.
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ABRAM (2)АбрамmRussian, Georgian
Russian and Georgian form of ABRAHAM.
ADAMАдамmEnglish, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Russian, Ukrainian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Romanian, Catalan, Hebrew, Arabic, Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew
This is the Hebrew word for "man". It could be ultimately derived from Hebrew אדם ('adam) meaning "to be red", referring to the ruddy colour of human skin, or from Akkadian adamu meaning "to make".... [more]
ADRIANАдрианmEnglish, Romanian, Polish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Russian
Form of Hadrianus (see HADRIAN). Several saints and six popes have borne this name, including the only English pope, Adrian IV, and the only Dutch pope, Adrian VI. As an English name, it has been in use since the Middle Ages, though it was not popular until modern times.
Russian form of ATHANASIUS.
Variant transcription of AFANASIY.
Russian form of AGATHA.
Russian form of AGLAIA.
Russian form of AGNES.
Russian form of AGRIPPINA.
Russian form of the Roman name Aquilina, a feminine derivative of AQUILA.
Russian form of JOACHIM.
Variant of KSENIYA.
Variant of AKILINA.
ALBERTАльбертmEnglish, French, Catalan, German, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Romanian, Hungarian, Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic name Adalbert, which was composed of the elements adal "noble" and beraht "bright". This name was common among medieval German royalty. The Normans introduced it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Æðelberht. Though it became rare in England by the 17th century, it was repopularized in the 19th century by the German-born Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria.... [more]
ALBINAАльбинаfRussian, Ukrainian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Slovene, Polish, German, Lithuanian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of ALBINUS. Saint Albina was a 3rd-century martyr from Caesarea.
ALEKSАлексmRussian, Ukrainian, Slovene, Polish
Short form of ALEKSEY or ALEKSANDR.
ALEKSANDRАлександрmRussian, Armenian, Ukrainian
Russian and Armenian form of ALEXANDER. This name was borne by the 19th-century Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin.
ALEKSANDRINAАлександринаfRussian, Bulgarian
Diminutive of ALEKSANDRA.
ALEKSEIАлексейmRussian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Variant transcription of ALEKSEY.
ALEKSEYАлексейmRussian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Russian form of ALEXIS. This was the name of a 17th-century czar of Russia.
ALEXАлексm & fEnglish, Dutch, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian, Greek, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Hungarian, Russian
Short form of ALEXANDER, ALEXANDRA, and other names beginning with Alex.
ALEXANDRAАлександраfEnglish, 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.
ALEXEIАлексейmRussian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Variant transcription of ALEKSEY.
ALEXEYАлексейmRussian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Variant transcription of ALEKSEY.
ALISAАлисаfRussian, Ukrainian, Bosnian, Finnish
Russian, Ukrainian, Bosnian and Finnish form of ALICE.
ALLAАллаfRussian, Ukrainian
Meaning unknown, possibly of German origin.
Russian diminutive of ALLA.
Originally a Russian diminutive of YELENA. It is now used independently.
Diminutive of ALEKSEY.
ANASTASАнастасmRussian, Bulgarian
Russian and Bulgarian form of ANASTASIUS.
ANASTASIAАнастасияfGreek, 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.
ANASTASIYАнастасийmRussian (Archaic), Bulgarian (Archaic)
Older Russian and Bulgarian form of ANASTASIUS.
ANASTASIYAАнастасияfRussian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Bulgarian
Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian form of ANASTASIA. This name was borne by the wife of the Russian czar Ivan the Terrible.
ANATOLIАнатолийmRussian, Ukrainian
Variant transcription of ANATOLIY.
ANATOLIYАнатолийmRussian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of ANATOLIUS.
Variant transcription of ANATOLIY.
ANDREIАндрейmRomanian, Russian, Bulgarian, Old Church Slavic
Romanian form of ANDREW, and a variant Russian and Bulgarian transcription of ANDREY.
ANDREYАндрейmRussian, Bulgarian
Russian and Bulgarian form of ANDREW.
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.
ANGELAАнгелаfEnglish, 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.
ANGELINAАнгелинаfItalian, English, Russian, German, Dutch, Polish, Spanish, Greek, Macedonian
Latinate diminutive of ANGELA. A famous bearer is American actress Angelina Jolie (1975-).
ANIAАняfPolish, Russian
Polish diminutive of ANNA, and a variant Russian transcription of ANYA.
Russian form of ONESIMUS.
ANNAАннаfEnglish, 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]
Russian diminutive of ANNA.
ANTONINAАнтонинаfItalian, Polish, Russian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Antoninus (see ANTONINO).
Variant of ANNUSHKA.
Russian diminutive of ANNA.
Russian form of ANGELA.
Russian form of ANGELINA.
Russian feminine form of APOLLINARIS.
ARIADNAАриаднаfSpanish, Catalan, Russian, Polish
Spanish, Catalan, Russian and Polish form of ARIADNE.
Russian variant of IRINA.
Diminutive of ARINA.
Russian form of ARISTARCHUS.
Variant transcription of ARKADIY.
Russian form of ARKADIOS. This is the name of one of the main characters in Ivan Turgenev's 'Fathers and Sons' (1862).
Variant transcription of ARKADIY.
ARKHIPАрхипmRussian (Rare)
Russian form of ARCHIPPOS.
Variant transcription of ARSENIY.
Russian form of ARSENIOS.
ARTEMАртёмmUkrainian, Belarusian, Russian
Ukrainian and Belarusian form of ARTEMIOS. It is also a variant transcription of Russian ARTYOM.
Russian variant form of ARTEMIOS.
Russian form of ARTEMIOS.
Russian form of EUDOCIA.
AVGUSTАвгустmSlovene, Russian, Ukrainian
Slovene, Russian and Ukrainian form of AUGUSTUS.
Russian form of AUXENTIOS.
BENEDIKTБенедиктmGerman, Russian, Icelandic, Czech
Form of Benedictus (see BENEDICT).
BOGDANБогданmPolish, Russian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Romanian, Medieval Slavic
Means "given by God" from the Slavic elements bogu "god" and dan "given".
BOLESLAVБолеславmCzech, Russian, Medieval Slavic
Czech and Russian form of BOLESŁAW.
BOLESLAVAБолеславаfCzech (Rare), Russian (Rare)
Czech and Russian feminine form of BOLESŁAW.
BORISБорисmBulgarian, Russian, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Georgian, German
From the Turkic name Bogoris, perhaps meaning "short" or "wolf" or "snow leopard". It was borne by the 9th-century King Boris I of Bulgaria who converted his country to Christianity, as well as two later Bulgarian emperors. The name was popularized in the Slavic world due to the 11th-century Saint Boris, who was a Russian prince martyred with his brother Gleb. His mother may have been Bulgarian. Another famous bearer was the 16th-century Russian emperor Boris Godunov, later the subject of a play of that name by Aleksandr Pushkin.
BORISLAVБориславmBulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Russian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic element borti "battle" combined with slava "glory".
BORISLAVAБориславаfBulgarian, Serbian, Russian
Feminine form of BORISLAV.
Diminutive of BORIS.
BRONISLAVБрониславmCzech, Slovak, Russian, Medieval Slavic
Czech and Russian form of BRONISŁAW.
BRONISLAVAБрониславаfCzech, Slovak, Russian
Czech, Slovak and Russian feminine form of BRONISŁAW.
DANIILДаниилmRussian, Greek
Russian and Greek form of DANIEL.
DARYA (1)ДарьяfRussian, Belarusian
Russian and Belarusian form of DARIA.
DAVIDДавидmEnglish, Hebrew, French, Scottish, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Czech, Slovene, Russian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Romanian, Biblical, Biblical Latin
From the Hebrew name דָּוִד (Dawid), which was derived from Hebrew דּוֹד (dod) meaning "beloved" or "uncle". David was the second and greatest of the kings of Israel, ruling in the 10th century BC. Several stories about him are told in the Old Testament, including his defeat of Goliath, a giant Philistine. According to the New Testament, Jesus was descended from him.... [more]
DEMYANДемьянmRussian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of DAMIAN.
DENISДенисmFrench, Russian, English, German, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Romanian, Croatian
From Denys or Denis, the medieval French forms of DIONYSIUS. Saint Denis was a 3rd-century missionary to Gaul and the first bishop of Paris. He was martyred by decapitation, after which legend says he picked up his own severed head and walked for a distance while preaching a sermon. He is credited with converting the Gauls to Christianity and is considered the patron saint of France.... [more]
DIANAДианаfEnglish, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Catalan, German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Russian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Polish, 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]
DIMA (2)ДимаmRussian
Diminutive of DIMITRI.
DIMITRIДимитрийmRussian, French
Variant of DMITRIY, using the Church Slavic spelling.
Variant transcription of DMITRIY.
Variant transcription of DMITRIY.
Russian form of DEMETRIUS. Dmitriy Mendeleev (1834-1907) was the Russian chemist who devised the periodic table.
Variant transcription of DMITRIY.
DOMINIKAДоминикаfSlovak, Czech, Polish, Hungarian, Slovene, Russian
Feminine form of DOMINIC.
Variant transcription of DOROFEY.
Russian form of Dorotheos (see DOROTHEA).
Diminutive of AVDOTYA.
Diminutive of AVDOTYA.
EKATERINAЕкатеринаfBulgarian, Macedonian, Russian
Bulgarian and Macedonian form of KATHERINE, and a variant Russian transcription of YEKATERINA.
ELENAЕленаfItalian, Spanish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Slovak, Lithuanian, Russian, Greek, German, Medieval Slavic
Cognate of HELEN, and a variant transcription of Russian YELENA.
Variant transcription of YELIZAVETA.
ELVIRAЭльвираfSpanish, 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).
EMILЭмильmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Romanian, Bulgarian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, Russian, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Hungarian, Icelandic, English
From the Roman family name Aemilius, which was derived from Latin aemulus meaning "rival".
Variant transcription of YERMOLAI.
Russian form of ESTHER.
EVAЕваfSpanish, Italian, Portuguese, English, Czech, Slovak, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Greek, Slovene, Bulgarian, Croatian, Russian, Georgian, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin
Latinate form of EVE. This form is used in the Latin translation of the New Testament, while Hava is used in the Latin Old Testament. It is also a variant transcription of Russian YEVA. This 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.
EVDOKIYAЕвдокияfBulgarian, Russian
Bulgarian form of EUDOCIA, and a variant Russian transcription of YEVDOKIYA.
EVGENIЕвгенийmBulgarian, Russian
Bulgarian form of EUGENE and a variant Russian transcription of YEVGENIY.
EVGENIAЕвгенияfGreek, Russian, Bulgarian
Modern Greek form of EUGENIA. It is also a variant transcription of Russian YEVGENIYA and Bulgarian EVGENIYA.
Variant transcription of YEVGENIY.
EVGENIYAЕвгенияfBulgarian, Russian
Bulgarian form of EUGENIA and a variant Russian transcription of YEVGENIYA.
Variant transcription of YEVGENIY.
Variant transcription of YEVPRAKSIYA.
Variant transcription of FADDEY.
Russian form of THADDEUS.
Meaning unknown, possibly derived from PHAENNA.
Variant of FYODOR.
Russian form of THEODORA.
Russian form of THEODOTUS.
Diminutive of FYODOR.
FELIKSФеликсmRussian, Slovene, Polish
Russian, Slovene and Polish form of FELIX.
Variant of FYODOR.
Russian form of THEODORA.
Russian form of THEODOSIUS.
FEOFANФеофанmRussian (Archaic)
Russian form of THEOPHANES.
Russian form of THEOPHILUS.
Russian form of THEOPHYLAKTOS.
Russian form of THERAPON.
Short form of FEOFILAKT.
Russian form of PHILIP.
Diminutive of YEFIM.
Russian form of PHOCAS.
Russian form of THOMAS.
Russian form of THEODORE. It was borne by three tsars of Russia. Another notable bearer was Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881), the Russian author of such works as 'Crime and Punishment' and 'The Brothers Karamazov'.
Short form of GALINA.
GALINAГалинаfRussian, Bulgarian
Russian and Bulgarian feminine form of Galenos (see GALEN).
Diminutive of GALINA.
GAVRIILГавриилmGreek, Russian
Greek and Russian form of GABRIEL.
GENA (2)ГенаmRussian
Diminutive of GENNADIY.
Variant transcription of GENNADIY.
Russian form of GENNADIUS.
Feminine form of GENNADIY.
Variant transcription of GENNADIY.
Diminutive of GENNADIY or YEVGENIY.
Russian form of GEORGE.
Variant transcription of GEORGIY.
GERASIMГерасимmRussian, Macedonian
Russian and Macedonian form of GERASIMOS.
GERMAN (2)ГерманmRussian
Russian form of HERMAN.
Russian form of HERMOGENES.
GLEBГлебmRussian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of the Old Norse name Guðleifr, which was derived from the elements guð "god" and leifr "heir".
Variant transcription of GRIGORIY.
GRIGORIIГригорийmRussian, Medieval Slavic
Variant transcription of GRIGORIY, as well as the usual transcription of the Old Slavic form.
Russian form of GREGORY. This name was borne by the Russian mystic Grigoriy Rasputin (1869-1916), more commonly known by only his surname.
Variant transcription of GRIGORIY.
Diminutive of GRIGORIY.
Diminutive of AGRAFENA.
IGNATИгнатmRomanian, Russian, Bulgarian
Romanian, Russian and Bulgarian form of IGNATIUS.
Russian form of IGNATIUS.
IGORИгорьm & fRussian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian, Italian, Portuguese
Russian form of Yngvarr (see INGVAR). The Varangians brought it to Russia in the 10th century. It was borne by two grand princes of Kiev. Famous bearers include Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), a Russian composer whose most famous work is 'The Rite of Spring', and Igor Sikorsky (1889-1972), the Russian-American designer of the first successful helicopter.
ILARIИларийmRussian, Finnish
Russian and Finnish form of HILARIUS.
ILIAИльяmGeorgian, Russian, Bulgarian, Old Church Slavic
Georgian form of ELIJAH. It is also a variant transcription of Russian ILYA or Bulgarian ILIYA.
Russian form of HILARION.
Russian form of ELIJAH.
INNAИннаfRussian, Ukrainian
Meaning unknown. This was the name of an early Scythian saint and martyr, a male, supposedly a disiciple of Saint Andrew.
Variant transcription of INNOKENTIY.
Russian form of Innocentius (see INNOCENT).
Variant transcription of INNOKENTIY.
Older Russian form of JOHN.
IONA (2)ИонаmRussian, Georgian, Biblical Latin
Form of JONAH used in the Latin Old Testament, as well as the Russian and Georgian form.
IOSIFИосифmRussian, Romanian, Greek
Russian, Romanian and Greek form of JOSEPH.
IPATIИпатийmRussian (Rare)
Variant transcription of IPATIY.
IPATIYИпатийmRussian (Rare)
Russian form of the Greek name ‘Υπατος (Hypatos), the masculine form of HYPATIA.
Russian form of HIPPOLYTOS.
IRA (2)ИраfRussian
Short form of IRINA.
Russian form of Herakleios (see HERACLIUS).
IRINEIИринейmRussian (Rare)
Variant transcription of IRINEY.
IRINEYИринейmRussian (Rare)
Russian form of IRENAEUS.
Russian diminutive of IRINA.
ISAAKИсаакmRussian, German, Biblical Greek
Russian and German form of ISAAC, as well as the form used in the Greek Old Testament.
Russian form of ISAIAH.
ISIDORИсидорmGerman, Russian, Macedonian
German, Russian and Macedonian form of ISIDORE.
ISIDORAИсидораfSerbian, Macedonian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian (Rare), Italian (Rare), English (Rare), Ancient Greek
Feminine form of ISIDORE. This was the name of a 4th-century Egyptian saint and hermitess.
IVANИванmRussian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Serbian, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Macedonian, Slovene, English, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian
Newer form of the old Slavic name Іѡаннъ (Ioannu), which was derived from Greek Ioannes (see JOHN). This was the name of six Russian rulers, including the 15th-century Ivan III the Great and 16th-century Ivan IV the Terrible, the first tsar of Russia. It was also borne by nine emperors of Bulgaria. Other notable bearers include the Russian author Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883), who wrote 'Fathers and Sons', and the Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936), who is best known for his discovery of the conditioned reflex.
Variant transcription of YEKATERINA.
JULIAЮлияfEnglish, 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]
JULIYAЮлияfRussian, Ukrainian
Variant transcription of YULIYA.
KARINAКаринаfSwedish, Danish, Norwegian, Polish, German, Russian, English
Elaborated form of KARIN.
Russian form of Karpos (see CARPUS).
Diminutive of YEKATERINA.
KATERINAКатеринаfMacedonian, 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.
KATIAКатяfItalian, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Italian diminutive of CATERINA, as well as a variant transcription of KATYA.
KATYAКатяfRussian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Russian diminutive of YEKATERINA.
Diminutive of YEKATERINA.
KAZIMIRКазимирmRussian, Medieval Slavic
Russian form of CASIMIR.
Diminutive of INNOKENTIY.
Russian form of CHARITON.
Russian form of CYRUS.
KIRA (1)КираfRussian
Russian feminine form of CYRUS.
Russian form of CYRIL.
Diminutive of KLAVDIYA.
KLAVDIYAКлавдияfRussian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian feminine form of CLAUDIUS.
KLIMКлимmRussian, Ukrainian
Short form of KLIMENT.
KLIMENTКлиментmRussian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Macedonian
Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Macedonian form of Clemens (see CLEMENT).
Diminutive of NIKOLAI.
Russian diminutive of KONSTANTIN.
KSENIAКсенияfPolish, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Polish form of XENIA, as well as a variant transcription of KSENIYA.
KSENIYAКсенияfRussian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian form of XENIA.
Russian form of COSMAS.
LANAЛанаfEnglish, 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)ЛараfRussian, 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).
LARISAЛарисаfRussian, 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.
Variant transcription of LAVRENTIY.
Russian form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
Variant transcription of LAVRENTIY.
LAZARЛазарьmRussian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian and Macedonian form of LAZARUS.
LENAЛенаfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Polish, Russian, English, Italian, Portuguese, Greek
Short form of names ending in lena, such as HELENA, MAGDALENA or YELENA.
LEONIDЛеонидmRussian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of LEONIDAS.
Variant transcription of LEONTIY.
Russian form of LEONTIOS.
Variant transcription of LEONTIY.
LERAЛераfRussian, Ukrainian
Short form of VALERIYA.
LEV (1)ЛевmRussian
Means "lion" in Russian, functioning as a vernacular form of Leo. This was the real Russian name of both author Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) and revolutionary Leon Trotsky (1879-1940).
LIDIYAЛидияfRussian, Bulgarian
Russian and Bulgarian form of LYDIA.
Russian diminutive of LIDIYA.
LILIAЛилияfSpanish, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian
Spanish and Italian form of LILY, as well as a Russian and Ukrainian variant transcription of LILIYA.
LILIYAЛилияfRussian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian cognate of LILY.
LILYAЛилияfRussian, Ukrainian
Variant transcription of LILIYA.
Variant transcription of LYUBA.
LIZAЛизаfEnglish, Russian
Short form of YELIZAVETA.
LUBAЛюбаfRussian, Ukrainian
Variant transcription of LYUBA.
LUDMILAЛюдмилаfCzech, 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]
LUDMILLAЛюдмилаfRussian, Bulgarian
Variant transcription of LYUDMILA.
Diminutive of ALEKSEY.
LYOVЛёвmRussian (Rare)
Diminutive of LEV (1).
LYUBAЛюбаfRussian, Ukrainian
Diminutive of LYUBOV.
LYUBOCHKAЛюбочкаfRussian, Ukrainian
Diminutive of LYUBOV.
LYUBOVЛюбовьfRussian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian
Derived from the Slavic element lyuby meaning "love".
LYUDMILAЛюдмилаfRussian, 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).
Russian form of Makarios (see MACARIO).
MAKARIМакарийmRussian (Archaic)
Variant transcription of MAKARIY.
MAKARIYМакарийmRussian (Archaic)
Russian form of Makarios (see MACARIO).
Short form of MAKSIM.
MAKSIMМаксимmRussian, Belarusian, Macedonian, Ukrainian
Russian, Belarusian and Macedonian form of MAXIMUS, as well as a variant transliteration of Ukrainian MAKSYM.
MAKSIMILIANМаксимилиан, МаксимильянmRussian (Rare)
Russian form of MAXIMILIAN.
Russian diminutive of MARIA.
Russian form of MARTHA.
MARGARITAМаргаритаfSpanish, Russian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, 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).
MARIAМарияf & mItalian, 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]
MARIYAМарияfRussian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian form of MARIA.
MARKМаркmEnglish, Russian, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Biblical
Form of MARCUS. Saint Mark was the author of the second gospel in the New Testament. Though the author's identity is not certain, some traditions hold him to be the same person as the John Mark who appears in the Book of Acts. He is the patron saint of Venice, where he is supposedly buried. Though in use during the Middle Ages, Mark was not common in the English-speaking world until the 19th century, when it began to be used alongside the classical form Marcus.... [more]
MARLEN (1)МарленmRussian
Blend of Marx and Lenin. This name was created by Communist parents who were eager to reject traditional names.
MARTINМартинmEnglish, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Russian, Romanian, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Finnish
From the Roman name Martinus, which was derived from Martis, the genitive case of the name of the Roman god MARS. Saint Martin of Tours was a 4th-century bishop who is the patron saint of France. According to legend, he came across a cold beggar in the middle of winter so he ripped his cloak in two and gave half of it to the beggar. He was a favourite saint during the Middle Ages, and his name has become common throughout the Christian world.... [more]
Russian variant form of MARIA.
Russian variant of MARIANNA.
Russian diminutive of MARIYA.
Older Russian form of MATTHEW.
MATRONAМатронаfRussian, Late Roman
Means "lady" in Late Latin. This was the name of three early saints.
Variant of MATRONA.
Variant transcription of MATVEY.
Russian form of MATTHEW.
MAXМаксmGerman, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Russian
Short form of MAXIMILIAN (or sometimes of MAXWELL in English). It is also a variant transcription of Russian MAKS.
MAXIMМаксимmRussian, Ukrainian, Belarusian
Variant transcription of MAKSIM or MAKSYM.
MECHISLAVМечиславmRussian (Rare), Medieval Slavic
Russian form of MIECZYSŁAW.
MEFODIYМефодийmRussian (Archaic)
Russian form of METHODIUS.
Acronym of Russian Маркс, Энгельс, Ленин, Октябрьская Революция (Marx, Engels, Lenin, October Revolution). This name commemorates the creation of the former Soviet state. It was created by Communist parents who were eager to reject traditional names.
MICHAILМихаилmGreek, Russian
Modern Greek form of MICHAEL. It is also a variant transcription of Russian MIKHAIL.
MIKHAILМихаилmRussian, Bulgarian
Russian form of MICHAEL, and a variant transcription of Bulgarian MIHAIL. This was the name of two Russian tsars. Other notable bearers include the poet Mikhail Lermontov (1814-1841) and the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev (1931-).
MILAМилаfRussian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Czech, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Originally a diminutive of Slavic names containing the element milu "gracious, dear".
MILANМиланmCzech, Slovak, Russian, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian
From the Slavic element milu meaning "gracious, dear", originally a short form of names that began with that element. A city in Italy bears this name, though it originates from a different source.
MILANAМиланаfSerbian, Croatian, Russian, Czech
Feminine form of MILAN.
MILENAМиленаfBulgarian, 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.
MIRON (1)МиронmRomanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish
Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian and Polish form of MYRON.
MIROSLAVМирославmCzech, Slovak, Russian, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements miru "peace, world" and slava "glory". This was the name of a 10th-century king of Croatia who was deposed by one of his nobles after ruling for four years.
Russian diminutive of MIKHAIL.
Russian form of METROPHANES.
Diminutive of DMITRIY or MITROFAN.
MODESTМодестmRussian (Archaic)
Russian form of MODESTUS.
Russian form of MOSES.
MOTYAМотяm & fRussian
Diminutive of MATVEY or MATRONA.
MSTISLAVМстиславmCzech, Russian, Medieval Slavic
Means "vengeance and glory" from the Slavic elements misti "vengeance" and slava "glory".
NADEJDAНадеждаfRussian, Bulgarian
Variant transcription of NADEZHDA.
NADEZHDAНадеждаfRussian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Ukrainian
Means "hope" in Slavic.
NADIA (1)НадяfFrench, Italian, English, Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian
Variant of NADYA (1) used in the Western world, as well as a variant 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-).
NADYA (1)НадяfRussian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian
Diminutive of NADEZHDA.
Variant transcription of NASTASYA.
Short form of ANASTASIYA.
Diminutive of ANASTASIYA.