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Russian Names for Girls

Russian names for girls are a high-fashion choice right now — literally! There’s been a real influx of top models from Russia in recent years, boasting not only not only beauty but also beguiling Russian monikers like Irina, Natalia, and Tatiana. Although spelling and pronunciation can sometimes be a challenge, many exotic Russian girls’ names actually feel perfectly wearable in the West: try Agata or Anastasia, Katia or Katerina, Zoya or Zenovia.

Along with Natalia and Anastasia, other Russian girls’ names in the US Top 1000 include Angelina, Annika, Kira, Mila, Nadia, Nina, Sasha, and Vera. Baby girl names popular in Russia include Elizaveta — the Russian variation of Elizabeth — Polina, Ksenia, and Yulia.

It’s striking how many of the names in this list feature the “typical” Russian endings -ka, -sha and -ya. Interestingly, these are actually diminutive (nickname) suffixes in Russia itself, meaning that very few girls actually have names like Anya or Natasha on their birth certificates — they’re much more likely to be Anna or Natalia officially.

Browse all of our beautiful Russian baby girl names, plus notes on meaning and usage, here. 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 for Girls

  • 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 

  • 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 

  • 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 

  • Kira

    Though such cognates of Kira as Keira, Kyra, and Ciara are evermore popular throughout Europe and in the U.S., this Cyrus relative has a different root. Variations include Keera, Kiera, Kierra,... Read More 

  • Nadia

    Nadia, an exotic but accessible Slavic favorite, has a strong run of popularity in the US in the early 2000s, partially thanks to the character on Lost called Nadia but actually named... Read More