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.