More exotic that Natalie, more unusual than Natasha, Natalia has been climbing up the popularity list since 1980; Natalia--also spelled Natalya--is now at Number 119. Heard frequently in Spain, Portugal, and the Slavic countries, this is a distinctive, strong but feminine member of the Natalie/Natasha family, with the appealing short form Talia. Natalia is currently in the Top 10 in Poland, Number 28 in Spain and 35 in Chile.
Like her cousins, Natalia is a name often given to girls born around Christmas.
Natalie Wood was born Natalia. Other namesakes include renowned Russian-born prima ballerina Natalia Makarova and supermodel Natalia Vodianova.