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  1. #6
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    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:

    Michael "Misha/Mischa"
    Elijah "Ilya" (Love this so much; I nearly added it to my own list!)
    Alexander "Alexei"
    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...

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    Alyosha from 'The Brothers Karamazov'

  3. #10
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    Aleksandr "Sasha"
    Arkadiy
    Nikolai "Kolya"


    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.


    Some others:
    Anatoli
    Anton
    Demyan
    Lazar
    Leonid

    There's also Denis. It's not Russian per say but I've known a few Russian men with the name.
    ** The opinions expressed above are not meant to be reflective of Nameberry as a whole but are my opinion and mine alone. **

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    Henry Nathaniel (3) and Julia Paige (1)

    Current favorites:
    Bennett - Emmett - Felix - Oliver - Owen - Preston - Samuel
    Abigail - Claire - Clara - Hope - Lydia - Maude - Molly

  4. #12
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    Liev or Lev is also a nice & timely choice with the popularity of Leo.

    I think Ilya is a great suggestion as well.

  5. #14
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    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.
    Pavel
    Artem- I really like this
    Anton
    Andrey

    And other Russian names I think could work for being usable in the States:
    Viktor
    Lev - LOVE this!
    Roman
    Artur
    Danil
    Filipp
    Maksim
    Milan
    Radomir (this is bad@ss)

    Names of people I've known in Canada who have survived just fine:
    Bogdan
    Konstantin
    Misha
    Dmitri
    Gleb
    Nikita
    Lucia
    Ariadne, Eleanora, Minerva, Orchid, Sela
    Caius, Everett, Luther, Marius, Mordecai

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