I'm in love with Russian boy names, but my husband thinks they are too unusual or sound girly. Some favorites include Aleksei, Mikhail, Nikolai and Ilya. My husband is part Russian, so I don't think my choices are that unusual. I've poured through name lists to find names more commonly used in Russia that he would like. Please give me some usable suggestions that could work and opinions on using Russian names in America.
Grischa- Rhymes with Mischa, it's like Russian Greg. It makes me think of Grey & reminds me of the name Mischa without any connection to an American d list starlet :)
Evgeniy- Yev-gzenie. Like Eugene, but I like how soft the name is.
Konstantin, Boris & Maxim are stronger sounding choices that I really like.
Alexi, Leo, Dmitri, Anton and Maxim are my fav Russian names...
I assume your more drawn to the more "Russian sounding" names but here are a few that work well in Europe and the US that are also Russian.
You could also name a son Elijah and nn Ilya. Provided you like Elijah and your DH would agree.
I love Evgeniy! Total GP, but it's so cool. I love the idea of Alexander nn Alexei, Lev, Konstantin, Pavel, Michael "Mischa", and Alexander "Sasha". And Ilya! I totally adore Ilya. I know someone in the UK who knows a little boy named Ilya Benjamin--I thought that was such a handsome combo for a little boy.
What about using a more classic name, with a more Russian nickname? Like:
Elijah "Ilya" (Love this so much; I nearly added it to my own list!)
Nicholas "Klaus/Nikolai" (okay, so Klaus is more German, but you get the idea.)
I remember reading a novel once about a girl named Ekaterina who visited her homeland of Russia, and fell in love with a Russian policeman named Vadeem. I thought Vadeem was pretty cool after that. :) Although I think Vadim is the traditional spelling--they might have just spelled it Vadeem to get it pronounced how they want...
Alyosha from 'The Brothers Karamazov'
In 2011, the top 10 boy names in Russia were:
Daniil -- Similar to Daniel.
Maksim -- You could call him Max, recognizable due to Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
Artyom -- Perhaps.
Ivan -- Definitely.
Aleksandr -- Would get misspelled but not bad.
Kirill -- Maybe no.
Dmitriy -- Perfectly usable.
Nikita -- Probably not in the US.
Andrey -- Usable in the US.
Mikhail -- Perfectly usable in the US and obviously not uncommon in Russia, either. ;)
There's also Denis. It's not Russian per say but I've known a few Russian men with the name.
Liev or Lev is also a nice & timely choice with the popularity of Leo.
I think Ilya is a great suggestion as well.
First thoughts of names of hockey players (generally familiar to people in the States)
Evgeni(y)- I LOVE this one! I named a pet fish Evgeniy once, after Evgeni Malkin, not gonna lie.
Artem- I really like this
And other Russian names I think could work for being usable in the States:
Lev - LOVE this!
Radomir (this is bad@ss)
Names of people I've known in Canada who have survived just fine: