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ADEODAT m Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Ukrainian
Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak and Ukrainian form of Adeodatus
AELITA f Literature, Latvian, Russian
Created by Russian and Soviet author Alexei Tolstoy for his science fiction novel 'Aelita or, The Decline of Mars' (1923), where it belongs to a Martian princess. Allegedly the name is common in Eastern Europe.
AFRIKAN m Russian (Rare)
Russian form of Africanus
. A known bearer was the 19th-century Russian philosopher Afrikan Spir (1837-1890), who was of German-Greek descent, and whose father reportedly chose the name from an old Greek calendar of saints.
AFRODITA f Basque, Albanian, Bosnian, Catalan, Croatian, Galician, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Ukrainian
Cognate of Aphrodite
AGNIYA f Ukrainian, Russian
Russian and Ukrainian form of Agnes
. This was borne by Agniya Barto (1906-1981), a Soviet poet and children's writer.
AGUYA f Kalmyk, Russian
Means "mistress of fire" in Kalmyk Orit, possibly influenced by the Russian word огонь (ogon'
) meaning "fire".
AKINFIY m Russian (Rare)
Variant form of Akinf
, which itself is a variant form of Iakinf
. A known bearer of this name was the Russian industrialist Akinfiy Demidov (1678-1745).
ALEKSIY m Bulgarian, Russian
Bulgarian and Russian form of Alexios
). At least in Russia, the difference between this form and the more common Aleksey
is possibly that Aleksiy comes directly from Alexios
, while Aleksey comes directly from Alexis
ALIONA f Russian, Ukrainian, English (Rare)
Variant transcription of Alyona
. Known bearers of this name include the Russian-Kazakhstani professional dancer Aliona Vilani (b. 1984), the Moldovan singer Aliona Moon (b. 1989) and the Ukrainian-born German pair skater Aliona Savchenko (b... [more]
ANTIPA m Russian
Russian form of Antipas
. It was borne by the early saint Antipas of Pergamum. The name is sometimes adopted by monks.
ARDALION m Late Greek, Georgian (Rare), Russian (Rare)
Several sources state that this given name is likely derived from Latin ardalio
meaning "busybody" (which thus connotates troublesomeness), but it is probably more likely that it is derived from ἀρδάλιον (ardalion)
, the Greek name for a certain water vessel or cup... [more]
ARTEMI m Georgian, Russian
Variant form of Artem
(Georgian) and variant transcription of Artemiy
(Russian). Bearers of this name include Russian soccer player Artemi Ogarkov (b. 1986) and Russian ice hockey player Artemi Panarin (b... [more]
ASSOL f Russian, Popular Culture, Literature
From the book Scarlet Sails
written in 1923 by Alexander Grin, but more famous as a 1961 motion picture. It is either based on Russian "А соль?" (a sol?) - "Is salt?", or Spanish "el sol" - "the sun"... [more]
ATEIST m Soviet, Russian (Archaic)
Derived from the Russian noun атеист (ateist)
meaning "atheist". This name was used by Communist parents who were eager to reject traditional names.
AVIT m Croatian, French, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian, Occitan
Croatian, French, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian and Occitan form of Avitus
AVRORA f Armenian (?), Azerbaijani (?), Bulgarian, Georgian (?), Russian, Slovene (?), Ukrainian
Bulgarian, Russian, and Ukrainian form of Aurora
. This form is also used in Armenian, Azerbaijani, Slovene, and Georgian to refer to the Roman goddess.
AZALIYA f Soviet, Russian (Rare)
Derived from the Russian noun азалия (azaliya)
meaning "azalea" (as in, the plant of the genus Rhododendron
), which effectively makes this name the Russian cognate of Azalea
. It was first coined as one of the new names that Soviet parents wanting to reject traditional names used, and has continued to be used occasionally into the present.
BARRIKADA f Soviet, Russian
Derived from the Russian noun баррикада (barrikada)
meaning "barricade". This name was used by Communist parents who were eager to reject traditional names, possibly in reference to the protests and strikes by labourers.
BAZHENA f Russian
Russian feminine name possibly meaning "welcome child", or else, more likely, a variant form of Bozhena
BERYOZA m Soviet, Russian (Rare)
Derived from the Russian noun берёза (beryoza)
meaning "birch tree". Also compare Bereza
, which is a medieval first name of the same etymological origin.... [more]
BONIFATIY m Russian
Variant form of Bonifatsiy
. A known bearer of this name was the Soviet philosopher Bonifaty Kedrov (1903-1985). In his case, Bonifaty is just a variant transcription of Bonifatiy: the spelling is exactly the same in Russian, so they are really the same name.
ÇAYAN m Russian, Tatar, Tuvan, Khakas
Derived from Tatar чаян (çayan)
meaning "scorpion". This is also the name of a Tatar satirical magazine, which has been in circulation since 1923.
CHAYAN m Russian (Archaic), Tatar, Tuvan, Khakas
Derived from the Russian noun чаяние (chayanie)
meaning "expectation" as well as "hope, dream, aspiration", which is ultimately derived from the archaic Russian verb чаять (chayat')
meaning "to expect, to hope".... [more]
DALIDA f Biblical Greek, Croatian, Czech, Dutch (Rare), Georgian (Rare), Russian, Slovak, Ukrainian, Hungarian
Greek form of Delilah
(as it first appeared in the Septuagint), which has also spread to Georgia and Slavic countries such as Russia, due to the influence of the Eastern Orthodox Church in these countries... [more]
DAMIR m Tatar, Russian
An acronym based on Да здравствует мировая революция! meaning "Long life world revolution!"
DAZDRAPERTRAK m Soviet, Russian (Archaic)
Contraction of Russian Да здравствует первый трактор! (Da zdravstvuet pervyy traktor!)
meaning "Long live the first tractor!" This name was created by Communist parents who were eager to reject traditional names... [more]
DAZMIR m Soviet, Russian (Rare), Georgian (Rare)
Contraction of the Soviet slogan Да здравствует мировая революция! (Da zdravstvuet mirovaya revolyutsiya!)
meaning "Long live the world revolution!" as well as of Да здравствует мир! (Da zdravstvuet mir!)
meaning "Long live the peace!" This name was created by Communist parents who were eager to reject traditional names.
DEKABRIN m Soviet, Russian
Derived from Russian декабрь (dekabr)
meaning "December". This name was created by Communist parents who were eager to reject traditional names, and was used in order to commemorate the Decembrist revolt of 1825... [more]
DEKABRIST m Soviet, Russian
Derived from Russian декабрист (dekabrist)
meaning "Decembrist", which is a term used to refer to someone who participated in (or sympathized with) the Decembrist revolt of 1825. This name was used by Communist parents who were eager to reject traditional names... [more]
DONARA f Soviet, Russian (Rare)
Contraction of Russian дочь народа (doč naroda)
meaning "daughter of the people". This name was created by Communist parents who were eager to reject traditional names.