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Russian Names

Russian baby names are attracting new attention in the Western World, thanks to the increased visIbility of Russian culture and an influx of Russian models. Although we offer curated guides to Russian names for girls and Russian names for boys, what’s here is our full list of Russian baby names, generated from our complete database. The Russian names here range from the eminently usable — think Sasha Obama’s double-Russian name, with Sasha normally a nickname for Alexandra but in the First Daughter’s case, it’s short for Natasha.

Russian names in the US Top 1000 for girls include Annika, Kira, Mila, Nadia, and Nina. For boys, Russian names in the US Top 1000 include Damien, Dmitri, Ivan, Nikolai, and Valentin. In Russia, popular names include Polina, Ksenia, Mikhail, and Alexei.

Other familiar Russian names include Nadya, Vladimir, Olga, and Igor. But for parents with a taste for the exotic, Russian baby names get far more adventurous than that.

Here is Nameberry’s full menu of Russian names. The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 Baby Names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.

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Top Russian Names

  • Mila

    Mila is a given name with Russian and Slavic provenance. It began as the diminutive form for names such as Ludmila, Milena, and Milica. Mila can be a nickname for any name containing the element... Read More 

  • Natalia

    Natalia was derived from the Latin word natalis, meaning “birthday.” It refers to the birthday of Jesus Christ, and thus originated as a name for girls born on Christmas Day. Related... Read More 

  • Ivan

    Though some might find it a bit heavy-booted, Ivan is one of the few Russian boys' names to become fully accepted into the American naming pool.

    Ivan is, of course, ubiquitous in... Read More 

  • Anastasia

    Anastasia is the feminine form on Anastasius, a Greek name derived from the word anastasis, meaning “resurrection.” It was a common name among early Christians, who often gave it to... Read More 

  • Angelina

    The gorgeous Angelina Jolie has promoted the star power of her name and changed Angelina's image from delicate to intense, from older Italian mama to stylish multi-cultural child. Kids might... Read More 

  • Lia

    Used throughout Europe and in Hawaii, Lia sounds just like its mother name Leah, but looks particularly pretty on paper.Read More 

  • Vera

    Vera was the height of exotic fashion in 1910, then was for a long time difficult to picture embroidered on a baby blanket. Now, though, some hip parents are beginning to quietly revive it along... Read More 

  • Angela

    Angela was a Top 10 name from 1965 to 1979, the fifth most popular name for three years, and staying in the double digits until the turn of the... Read More 

  • Damien

    Converting Damian to Damien -- or Julian to Julien or Lucian to Lucien -- adds a certain je ne sais quoi to names. But most people won't know that you're using the French form and will just think... Read More 

  • Nina

    Nina is as multiethnic as you can get: Nina is a common nickname name in Spain and Russia, a Babylonian goddess of the oceans, and an Incan goddess of fire. Here and now, it's a stylish... Read More