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  1. #1
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    Know any beautiful Russian names?

    I've gotten hooked on Russian names and nicknames lately, and I'd love to hear some more! These are the ones I know and like so far:

    Marina
    Tatiana
    Viktoria
    Roza
    Katya (on its own or as a nickname for Ekaterina)
    Galina
    Ksenia
    Anastasia
    Aleksandra
    Irina
    Karolina

    What else might I like? Including the pronunciation would be very helpful, if you can. Also, is there a Russian variation of the name Christina? Thanks!
    I don't have or want any kids. I just love names!

    Top 10: Andrea, Chelsea, Tara, Brooke, Alexandra, Nathaniel, Cody, Grant, Alexander, Graham

    I also love Russian and Irish names, as well as the names of many cities and countries.

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    I like Ekaterina a lot, Katya, Aleksandra (love).

    There's a post about them here on nameberry: http://nameberry.com/list/47/Russian-Names-for-Girls

    My favourites from there are:
    Anastasia
    Dariya
    Dominika
    Ivanna
    Jelena (prn Yah-leh-na)
    Katarina
    Nadya
    Natalia/Natalya
    Valentina
    Valya
    Viera


    Others:
    Ivana
    Yelena (Yah-leh-na)
    Anya
    Antonina (ahn-tah-NEE-nah)
    Arina (form of Irina)
    Elena
    Elizaveta
    Klara
    Katenka
    Isidora
    Lana
    Larisa
    Lidiya
    Lilya
    Margarita
    Milena
    Nina
    Oksana
    Olga
    Roksana
    Sabina
    Sasha (more so a boys name)
    Serafima
    Shura (diminitive of Aleksandra)
    Sofiya
    Sonya
    Stanislava
    Svetlana
    Veronika
    Violetta
    Yulia
    Yuliana
    Zena
    Zoya

    And the Russian version of Christina is Kristina.
    Laurel - 21 - Toronto





  3. #5
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    Lots of Russian in my family.

    My favourites off your list:

    Tatiana
    Katya - But I prefer the spelling Katia, said the same way as Katya. I have a thing about y's, I guess. And Katia is a traditional spelling as well.
    Ekaterina
    Aleksandra
    Irina
    Karolina

    Other ones I like:

    Raina - but this is more Slavic/Bulgarian.
    Khristina, Khristya, Khrysta are variations on Kristina.
    Katerina/Karina - If Ekaterina seems daunting.
    Valeriya/Valeria - I love this, nobody else does though.
    Yelena / Jelena
    Inessa - eee-NEH-sa
    Liliya - LEE-lee-ya
    Tamara

  4. #7
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    I know a few russians... One is Tatyana but she generally goes by Tanya. Also know a Galina, a Natalia and an Anoushka which I love!

    Oh and Ksenia was a favourite for a while too. Also had a thing for Katarzyna. It's just so exotic sounding! But it's Polish...
    Last edited by lauren-kay; June 29th, 2012 at 07:57 AM.

  5. #9
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    I love Ekaterina, Ksenia, Irina, and Karolina. I like the suggestions of Liliya (although I prefer the Polish spelling, Lilija, or the more English spelling, Lilia), Valeria (AHHHH! @stripedsocks, I thought I was the only one that loved this! It used to be on my short list but everyone told me it sounded too much like "malaria" and she'd be teased endlessly... :/), Zoya, and Lidiya, as well.

    My favorites:

    Valentina
    Olga (oh, I know... I feel like I should hate it but I met a sweet Russian lady named Olga a while ago and I thought it was just so cool! It sort of reminds me of other short-and-sweet "O" names, like Opal, Odette, and Olive)
    Nadia (or the original Russian form, Nadezhda, which I really love! I always thought if I adopted a little girl from Russia, I would give her the mn Nadezhda, or possibly Nadia)
    Oksana
    Maya (I'm not sure if this is legitimately Russian or not, but there's this phrase in Russian, "maya dorogaya", and it basically means "my sweet one" or "my beloved". For the longest time I wanted to use Maya as a MN for Isabelle because of that! I think it's such a sweet sentiment)
    Olesya (LOVE! Russian form of Alexia/Alessia)
    Elena

    Olesya, Liliya, and Nadia are probably my favorites, though.
    Ashley
    twenty-something namenerd and aspiring novelist

    Isabelle Aurora Grace | Caleb Elias Joseph | Arianne Eleanor Daisy | Everett Joshua Charles
    Olivia Wren Camille | Jack August Wilder | Violet Ophelia Claire | Avery Ian George

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