Baby Names: Russian Baby Name Ideas For Boys And Girls

Naming a baby is an important decision you can make for your child. If you are seeking a Russian name here are some good choices.

Trying to decide what to name your baby to be is very easy for some parents.The mom to be has a favorite author and wants to name the child after her.Or perhaps Dad to be wants a namesake and the child will be a junior.For other parents the decision is a little more difficult.You like one name but your husband hates it because it reminds him of the bully he despised in fifth grade.He likes another but you had a cat who answered to the same name.

Many parents find one of the easiest ways to decide on a name they both like is to turn to their family members and ethnic heritage.Honoring a relative is a good compromise.Those of Russian extraction are in luck.Russian names have been very fashionable in the last few decades. Nicholas and Alexandra have consistently been used by many American parents.Many other Russian names, while less popular, are easily translatable to a form palatable to the American ear.

Russian boy names offer many widely accepted options.Alexander, Boris, Dmitri, Nicholas, Gregory, Peter, Ivan and Alexei have all climbed the popularity charts.Boris has namesakes that range from cartoons to tennis players.Famous Alexanders can be found in history, music and literature.Nicholas and Gregory are particularly important names in Christianity.Ivan is the Russian form of John. Peter works in either English or Russian.


In addition to the more trendy choices you might also wish to consider the following genuinely Russian names: Andrei, Anton, Feodor, Igor, Ilya, Konstantin, Leon, Leonid, Luka, Maxim, Mikhail, Misha, Nicholai, Oleg, Pavel, Sergei, Stefan, Vadim, Viktor, Vlad, Vladimir and Yakov. Many of these names have usable counterparts in English.Many of the original Russian names are very familiar to Americans because of famous Russians from playwright Anton Chekhov to ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov to hockey player Sergei Federov.

Russian girl names are also especially straightforward.Popular and authentic choices that should present no problem with spelling or pronunciation include Anya, Anna, Galina, Irene/Irina, Ivana, Katerina, Lara, Larissa, Marina, Natalya, Natasha, Paulina, Sasha, and Vera.Natalya or Natasha is a good choice for girls born in December because they derive from terms referring to the Christmas season.

Literary and historical references to Russian culture are frequently found in America.Once of the frequently told has been the romantic story of Anastacia Romanov Grand Duchess of Russia who supposedly survived the massacre of her family during the last century. Her father was the Tsar of Russia Nicholas II. He had four daughters and named them:Olga, Marie, Tatiana and Anastacia.His German wife changed her own name from Alice to Alexandra when she became Tsarina.Tsar Nicholas II named his ailing heir Alexei.Any of these names would make a good choice for an American child. The name Oksana is another name many Americans recognize after Oksana Baiul won the 1994 Olympic figure skating gold medal.One more gold medal figure skater with a name known to many Americans is pairs skater Ekaterina Gordeeva.Her autobiography after her husband's death was a best seller.

Other Russia girl's names you may wish to consider include Elena, Feodora, Kira, Masha, Nelly, Nina, Svetlana, Ursela and Valentina.

If you do chose to give your child a Russian name you may want to stick to the Americanized spelling.Alexander is easier for most people to spell rather than Aleksandr.Marsha is easier for many to pronounce than Masha. Victoria will give your child fewer problems in life than Viktoriya.If you can't find a Russian name you like then consider using one as a middle name instead.Given how many Russian names there are for either gender finding one you both adore should not be a problem at all.

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