Nivkh Submitted Names

Nivkh names are used by the Nivkh people of eastern Russia.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ANKA f Nivkh
Derived from the Nivkh word for "year".
AYZIK f Nivkh (Archaic)
Derived from Nivkh ayzn meaning "gold". Because most Nivkhs adopted Russian names in the 20th century, it is no longer used in the modern-day.
AZMUN m Nivkh
From Nivkh azr meaning "gift".
CHALUN m Nivkh
Derived from Nivkh ch'alu meaning "fog"; used to denote a male child born on a foggy day.
CHAMUK f Nivkh
From Nivkh ch'am meaning "eagle".
CHANGIN m Nivkh
From Nivkh chand meaning "to be white".
CHUNER m Nivkh
Meaning unknown. A known bearer was Chuner Taksami (1931-2014), a Russian ethnographer of Nivkh ethnicity.
ITKUN m Nivkh
Derived from Nivkh itt meaning "talkative". This name was traditionally given to male children who talked a lot.
KASKAZIK m Nivkh
Used as a nickname.
KEKHAN m Nivkh
From Nivkh kekh meaning "seagull".
KELIN m Nivkh
Derived from Nivkh k'ed meaning "lean, thin".
KENRAN m Nivkh
From Nivkh k'enrad meaning "to have fun", "to sing".
KHAYLIN m Nivkh
From Nivkh khay meaning "pigeon".
KHIVCHUK f Nivkh
Name given to girls whose mothers could not bear children for a period of time and suffered through a difficult birth.
KOKIN m Nivkh
Derived from Nivkh k'od meaning "sleep".
LERGAN m Nivkh
From Nivkh lerd meaning "play".
LIDIK f Nivkh
From Nivkh lygdyd meaning "watching, wide-eyed".
LISKIT f Nivkh
Derived from Nivkh liskt meaning "neat, clean".
LUZGIN m Nivkh
From lud meaning "to sing".
LYKHTKK f Nivkh
Means "bad weather"; derived from Nivkh lykh. This name was used on baby girls born on days of inclement weather.
MEMZGUN m Nivkh
From Nivkh mem meaning "rainbow"; given to baby boys born during the time of a rainbow.
MUFCHIK m Nivkh
Derived from the Nivkh word mugv meaning "day", being used on children born in the daytime.
NAPUIN m Nivkh
From the Nivkh word for "animal" and puyd meaning "fly".
NIFTYUK f Nivkh
Name given to a woman who has had many children, all which died with her.
NYGVIK f Nivkh
Means "dark"; from the Nivkh word nyd meaning "dark". This name was given to baby girls born when it was getting dark (for example, at night).
NYUNKIN m Nivkh
Derived from Nivkh nink meaning "small".
OCHAN m Nivkh
From Nivkh otgan meaning "garbage, waste".
PALGUN m Nivkh
From Nivkh paln meaning "mountain", indicating a child born in the mountains.
PARKIZIN m Nivkh
Derived from Nivkh park and yzn meaning "his own master". This name was traditionally given to independent young boys.
PILGUN m Nivkh
Derived from Nivkh pild meaning "to be large".
PULYCHKH m Nivkh
Derived from Nivkh pulk vuld meaning "to walk on all fours", therefore on the knees.
PUNGAT m Nivkh
From Nivkh pyna meaning "bird".
PYLYMK f Nivkh
Name given to the older sister of a mother.
RSHOLIN m Nivkh (Archaic)
Traditional Nivkh name of unknown meaning. Because most Nivkhs adopted Russian names in the 20th century, it is no longer used in the modern-day.
SMEDUN m Nivkh
Means "loving"; derived from Nivkh ezmud meaning "love".
TATUK f Nivkh
Derived from Nivkh t'atn meaning "morning", used to indicate girls born in the morning.
TAVTUGIN m Nivkh
Used on baby boys born at or near a lake.
TOLVIN m Nivkh
Derived from Nivkh tolv meaning "summer"; used on baby boys born in the summertime.
TYMGUK f Nivkh
From Nivkh tym meaning "cranberry".
TYNVIN m Nivkh
From Nivkh tynad meaning "to be exact, correct".
UKRIN m Nivkh
Bestowed on children born by a fire.
UMKHUN f Nivkh
Derived from Nivkh umd meaning "angry".
URKAYN m Nivkh
Means "night"; derived from Nivkh urk. This name was given to boys born at midnight.
URYAM m Nivkh
From Nivkh urd meaning "good".
VYSKAN m Nivkh
From Nivkh vyskd meaning "to fight".
YURIK f Nivkh
From Nivkh yurud meaning "to read".