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  1. #1
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    Russian Names?

    I really like Russian names. Unfortunately, I'm not Russian, so I'd feel weird using them. Does anyone have any favorites? I'm looking to expand my horizons.

    Alexei
    Sveta
    Anya
    Ekaterina
    Kostya
    Maksim
    Marya
    Mikhail
    Motya
    Natalya
    Nikolai
    Roksana
    Sergei
    Violetta
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    Some of my favourites:

    Girls
    Veronika
    Irina
    Valeriya/Valeria
    Galina
    Ileana/Iliana (though I think this is Romanian...I've known Russian girls named this)
    Ruxandra - another Romanian one. I do like Roksana too, but not as much.
    Aleksandra & Aleksandrina - Long, but a favourite. I've also seen it spelt Alexandrina, which was the variant Queen Victoria used.
    Katia/Katya
    Yekaterina/Ekaterina
    Biljana - but I think this is more ex-Soviet Bloc than truly Russian-language? Could be wrong here. I have the same impression about Jelena.

    Boys
    Ilya
    Lazar
    Dmitri
    Alyosha as a NN for Aleksandr or Alexei

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    I adore Russian names! Luckily for me, there's a lot of Russian's on both our sides, but I think you can use a Russian name even if there isn't any on your family tree.

    My favourites:
    Aleksei
    Dmitriy
    Fyodor
    Igor
    Ilay
    Illarion
    Isidor
    Ivan
    Kazimir
    Kirill
    Lavrentiy
    Lev
    Maksim
    Milan
    Miloslav
    Nikita
    Pavel
    Rodion
    Serafim
    Valentin
    Vladislav
    Vasiliy
    Vladimir
    Yuriy

    Albina
    Alyona
    Anastasia
    Anoushka
    Inessa
    Irina
    Isidora
    Kira
    Lada
    Lana
    Ludmila
    Natasha
    Polina
    Rada
    Regina
    Roksana
    Sonja
    Svetlana
    Tatiana
    Valentina
    Vasilisa
    Veronika
    Violetta
    Zorya
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    I forgot Lev, Isidor and Isidora could be counted as Russian... (Russian Jewish background myself, sometimes I slip and think of Russian names as just names iykwim). Lev I especially think of for Yiddish first and I tried to steer towards Russian more than Yiddish.... but Ottilie is right.

    And I just plain forgot Vasili, which is a good name.

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