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Russian Names for Boys

  1. SergeHeart
    • Origin:

      French variation of ancient Roman family name Sergius
    • Meaning:

      "servant"
    • Description:

      Old saints' and popes' name that went to France in the 1920s with the Russian Ballets Russes; in its Russian form, Sergei, it retains an artistic, almost effete air.
  2. YuriHeart
    • Origin:

      Russian variation of George
    • Description:

      Common Russian name familiarized here via cosmonaut Yury Gagarin and a character in Dr. Zhivago, but we don't see it ever gaining permanent resident status.
  3. IgorHeart
    • Origin:

      Old Norse via Russian
    • Meaning:

      "warrior"
    • Description:

      Musical association with Igor Stravinsky, but also Dr. Frankenstein's right-hand man.
  4. PavelHeart
    • Origin:

      Russian variation of Paul
    • Meaning:

      "small"
    • Description:

      Pavel may be widespread in the former Soviet Union, but it has a somewhat impoverished image here.
  5. SergeiHeart
    • Origin:

      Russian variation of Sergius
    • Description:

      Common Russian name of one of that country's most beloved saints, known for his kindness and gentility.
  6. RodionHeart
    • Origin:

      Russian from Greek
    • Meaning:

      "song of the hero"
    • Description:

      Well used in Russia, this is a distinctive and undiscovered choice here. Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov is the fictional protagonist of Crime and Punishment by Feodor Dostoyevsky.
  7. FyodorHeart
    • Origin:

      Russian variation of Theodore
    • Meaning:

      "God's gift"
    • Description:

      This variation of Theodore is familiar here mostly via the great Russian novelist Dostoyevsky. It was also the name of three early tsars of Russia.
  8. SaschaHeart
    • Origin:

      German variation of Sasha
    • Meaning:

      "defending warrior"
    • Description:

      In Europe, this name is mostly male, but here it's more fashionable for girls. It's a diminutive of Alexander.
  9. MelorHeart
    • Origin:

      Celtic
    • Meaning:

      "iron man"
    • Description:

      Melor is the name of a Breton saint who in legend was also a prince, suggesting he was the son of a Cornish king (Mylor is the Cornish variation of the name). Melor was said to have a foot and hand made of silver,
  10. PashaHeart
    • Origin:

      Russian, diminutive of Pavel
    • Meaning:

      "small"
    • Description:

      Your little Pasha will rule the roost. In Russia, Pasha is traditionally given to a boy born on Good Friday.
  11. LeonidHeart
    • Origin:

      Russian, variation of Leonidas "lion"
    • Meaning:

      "lion"
    • Description:

      This form got noticed as the first name of long-reigning Russian president Brezhnev; other bearers include playwright and short-story writer Andreyev, Leonid the Magnificent,a Russian performance artist on America's Got Talent, and Leonid McGill, the protagonist of a Walter Mosley private eye series. All in all, though, Leonid is not the most likely to join the pride of lion-related names here.
  12. MakariHeart
    • Origin:

      Russian from Greek
    • Meaning:

      "blessed"
    • Description:

      This name associated with several saints would make a truly distinctive choice for a child with a Russian heritage.
  13. AnatolyHeart
    • VadimHeart
      • Origin:

        Russian
      • Meaning:

        "attractive"
      • Description:

        Shorter, more palatable form of Vladimir, best known as the surname of French director Roger.
    • ArmenHeart
      • Origin:

        Armenian
      • Meaning:

        "Armenian"
      • Description:

        Naming your son Armen is like naming him Roman, or German -- it's the term that denotes a person of Armenian descent. Armen has been used as a first name for centuries and is an unusual yet approachable choice, especially if you want to honor your Armenian heritage.
    • VasilyHeart
      • Origin:

        Russian form of Basil, Greek
      • Meaning:

        "royal"
      • Description:

        Vasily is one of many forms of the Greek Basil, all rare in the US.
    • AleksandrHeart
      • NatanHeart
        • Origin:

          Variation of Nathan, Hebrew
        • Meaning:

          "given"
        • Description:

          For jet-setting parents or those with many cultural backgrounds, a name that is workable across various languages is often a priority. Natan is a great option, as it is a familiar name in many European countries. It is currently most popular in Poland but seeing significant use in Israel as well.
      • OrelHeart
        • Origin:

          Hebrew
        • Meaning:

          "light of God"
        • Description:

          Unisex name in Israel, ideal for a Hanukkah baby.
      • StasHeart