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  1. #11
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    We're not Russian, either, but speak Russian and currently live in Ukraine. Expecting a boy and have always liked Dmitri with the nn Dima. Still not decided though.

    A really sweet Ukrainian girls name is Daria with the nn Dasha.

    Love this thread!

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    I love Russian names and culture! Some of my favourites are:

    Nadezhda (I'd use it in a heartbeat if I weren't worried about pronunciation)
    Anastasia
    Elena
    Galina
    Ksenia
    Larisa
    Tatiana

    Alexei
    Evgenii (pronounced Yevgeny), nn Zhenya
    Ilya
    Kirill
    Konstantin
    Lev
    Nikita (I so wish pop culture hadn't made this a girl name over here)
    Yuriy
    Miriam ~ Helena ~ Estella ~ Beatrice ~ Anastasia ~ Alice ~ Marilla ~ Sarah
    Paul ~ Wesley ~ Walter ~ Edmund ~ Isaac ~ Abram ~ Gabriel

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    @mclevine and @stripedsocks, I've known a Jelena and a Biljana, but they were both Serbian.
    Miriam ~ Helena ~ Estella ~ Beatrice ~ Anastasia ~ Alice ~ Marilla ~ Sarah
    Paul ~ Wesley ~ Walter ~ Edmund ~ Isaac ~ Abram ~ Gabriel

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    Wow, I wasn't expecting this many responses, haha. These are some awesome lists!

    @mclevine, I'd definitely be interested in proper pronunciation of these names! I know some of them are self-explanatory, but my knowledge of pronunciation comes from watching movies like Fiddler on the Roof, Doctor Zhivago, Anna Karenina... so I'm not clear on the accuracy. I'm likely defaulting to a semi-German pronunciation, as I took that for a year, and I might be throwing in some Latin, which I also took for a year, and I wouldn't be surprised in I'm ridiculously far off the mark.

    I'm also curious about the nicknames, since they seem to be less derived from their original names than in Western culture. More pet names than shortened names, I guess?
    I'm not feeling incredibly profound at the moment. Check back later.

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    This article lists the typical nicknames for a lot of common Russian names.

    -asha and -isha are common endings for Russian nicknames, sort of like adding -y or -ie. (So like Michael->Mikey, we have Mikhail->Misha). Other common endings are -ya (Borya for Boris, Anya for Anna) and -ek/-ok. Sometimes nicknames don't make as much sense to the English ear because you are seeing the anglicized version of the name. For example, Alexander in Russian is Aleksandr. You can see where the "s" comes from to make "Sasha. Others may just seem strange, but then again, English has Peggy for Margaret and Dick for Richard! :-)
    Miriam ~ Helena ~ Estella ~ Beatrice ~ Anastasia ~ Alice ~ Marilla ~ Sarah
    Paul ~ Wesley ~ Walter ~ Edmund ~ Isaac ~ Abram ~ Gabriel

    Trying for baby#1
    Avatar: Nathan Altman, Portrait of Anna Akhmatova

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