Inna was really fashionable in USSR at least up to late 70's, but it's quite rare in younger women.
This Russian name means "stormy water" or "stormy stream" and originally was a male name. Also, it has only male saints in Orthodox Church. Now Inna is exclusively given to females.
I really love the name Inna.
Also Finnish name. Finnish name day August 29.
I’ve heard this as a nickname for Irena.
Strong current or water.
The name means 'coming from water of strength' and it is indeed from Russian origin.
Also Estonian diminutive of Ingrid and Linda.
Inna is also used in East Frisia (Tammena lists it for the 18th to the 20th century). Tammena explains it as a short form of names containing the Name element #AGIN# (or #EIN#).
Another famous bearer of the name is the Ukrainian FEMEN activist and fighter for free speech Inna Shevchenko.
Inna Zhokova is a Belarusian rhythmic gymnast. During the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing, she came in 2nd place in the all-around.
My name is Innessa but I've been always called Inna. I was born in ukraine. And when I was about eight I got actual ukrainian name books and it said that my name (Inna) is Greek and that the true meanings are "crybaby","stubborn", and "rock". People always think its russian just because guys in russia used to be named that. And yes, it is always misspronounced for such a short and simple name. But yea, I always get comments about how pretty my name is.
Inna, real name Elena Apostoleanu, is a Romanian singer.

1) Inna Churikova, a famous Russian actress - source

2) Inna Zhelannaya, a well-known Russian folk rock and world music performer, "Farlanders" - source,Желанная;, _Инна

3) Inna Lisnyanskaya, a notable Russian poetess

4) Inna Gomes, a well-known Russian model and actress -source
There are several versions as to the origin of the name.
1) It's derived from Greek (ἴννα)[1], probably from ἴννην, meaning "little girl" (source -
2) It's derived from Gothic 'stream' - 'rinno', wf., flodus, sf.; •baks, sm. (i-stem), ahwa, sf. (Gothic) (source - In this case it should mean 'a torrent', 'a raging stream'.

Russian Orthodox church has 3 martyrs - St.Inna, St.Pinna and St.Rimma (all the three are men) who are commemorated on the 20th of January (the day of their death) and the 20th of June (old style). They were frozen into the ice on the Danube for teaching Christianity there. (source of the story -

The icon depicting St.Inna can be found at
A famous bearer is gorgeous Russian model Inna Pilipenko.
Its meaning is "strong water". It is actually a unisex name, but became somewhat popular as a religious girl's name due the misidentification of the sex of the Russian martyr Inna, a male student of the Apostle Andrei.
It is the pet form of the name Inessa.
A famous bearer of this name is Ukrainian actress Inna Belokon (or, Inna Eremenko, as she was known before her marriage).
Martyr Inna, Disciples of the Apostle Andrew, in Scythia
Commemorated on January 20

The Holy Martyrs Inna, Pinna and Rimma were Slavs from northern Scythia (modern Bulgaria), and they were disciples of the holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called. They preached the Gospel of Christ and they baptized many barbarians who converted to the true Faith. They were seized by the local chieftain, but they would not deny Christ, nor would they offer sacrifice to idols.

It was wintertime, and the rivers were so frozen that not only people, but also horses with carts could travel on the ice. The chieftain had the saints tied to logs on the ice, and gradually lowered them into the freezing water. When the ice reached their necks, they surrendered their blessed souls to the Lord.
I know a girl my age named Inna. She was born in Germany and moved to Canada. I'm not sure if this is a German name or not. At first I thought it was pronounced IN-na (like walking IN to a room) or I-na (with the long I sound). But it is pronounced een-na. I find it very pretty!
Inna is an old Russian male name, which became female nowadays.
A famous bearer of this name would be a little girl named Inna in the Elsie Dinsmore books. She is really a spoiled brat.
I really LOVE the name Inna. I think it is a nice alternative to Anna. I also like Enna, but on a girl, instead of the masculine roots the look up suggests. I think that instead of using Anna, Parents should use names like Inna, Enna, Enya, Anya, Aithne, Eithne, Enja and Anja.
It's a Roman name, actually there were three male names they were given to girls for new times including Inna. It means storm, it's not a Russian name at all. This name is traditionally given to Jewish girls in Russia.
I've heard three theories here. One, Inna (or Inessa) are a feminine form of Innokentiy, which means "innocent". Two, it's derived from Greek name Hagne, which means "pure". And three, it's a Russian form of Celtic Iness, which means "islander".
This is an unusual name; you won't find it often in America. However, I do like it and find it very beautiful.
I'm not sure but I think Innessa is a pet form of this name. A friend of mine from Russia is named Sasha Innessa. I think this is a very pretty name. I like the meaning too. Inna means "stormy."

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