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Gender: Female Meaning of Shura: "defending men" Origin of Shura: Russian, diminutive of Alexandra

The name Shura is a girl's name of Russian origin meaning "defending men". Shura and is often added to lists like International Variations of Alexandra and discussed in our forums with posts like "Hunt for our favourite boy names (Alphabet-wise)".

From the experts:

Shura is a unisex Russian nickname for Aleksandr or Aleksandra, themselves forms of Alexander. Less known in the English=speaking world than Sasha, it's also more assertive -- probably because of that "sure" sound.

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Famous People Named Shura

Aleksandra Lilah "Shura" Yakunina-Denton, English singer-songwriter
Aleksandra "Shura" Lange Baryshnikova (b. 1981), daughter of actress Jessica Lange and dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov
Alexandra Tatiana Elise "Shura" Wevill, daughter of poet Ted Hughes and his mistress Assia Wevill, who killed herself and her daughter when Shura was four years old

Pop Culture References for the name Shura

Shura, a researcher of ancient civilizations in Xenoblade Chronicles


mamanmia Says:


i'm pretty sure its men as in mankind or humans in general. Another possibly clearer translation is 'Defender of man'

eve Says:


why defend men? #metoo