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Russian Baby Girl Names

Russian baby names for girls, long a style backwater, are coming into their own as a fashionable choice. Many of the top supermodels of recent years have been from Russia, Ukraine, and other parts of Eastern Europe and have imported their Russian names along with their willowy beauty. And a recent First Daughter had not one Russian name but two: Sasha Obama's nickname would usually be a short form in Russia for Alexandra, but her proper name was the classic Russian girls' name Natasha.

Along with Sasha and Natasha, other Russian girls’ names in the US Top 1000 include Anastasia, Izabella, Kira, Marina, Tatiana, and Valentina. Other intriguing Russian names for girls include Dominika, Mika, Viveka, and Zoya.

On television, the show The Americans introduced US audiences to Keri Russell's character Elizabeth, whose original Russian name is the extremely exotic Nadezhda. Here are some of the most appealing Russian baby girl names.

  • Alla

    A short form of Alexandra and Alice used everywhere from Russia to Spain. A fresh alternative to Allie.Read More 

  • Amaliya

  • 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 

  • Dariya

  • Dominika

  • Duscha

    Seems like a possible alternative to the more popular Sascha, but middle school life would be difficult for any girl bearing this name in an English-speaking world. Read More 

  • Fanya

    Fanya might make an exotic and unusual short form for the classic Frances, or could stand as a full name on its own. Definitely classier than Tanya but with the same Eastern European flavor.Read More 

  • Feodora

    Feodora is an interesting choice for the intrepid name giver, especially with its dynamic nickname, Feo (pronounced FAY-oh). Read More 

  • Galina

    Commonly used in Russia, has an Old World Slavic feel. The original Galen can be used for girls as well as boys.Read More 

  • Ivanna

    Ivanna / Ivana both come out of the name "John" by way of the Russian variant Ivan. Whereas Joanna feels dated, Ivanna feels cosmopolitan and fresh. Ivanka (of Trump fame) is a diminutive version... Read More 

  • Izabella

    Parents seeking a way to differentiate their Isabella from all the others could consider this zippier spelling. It does have the jazzy nickname Izzy.Read More 

  • Jelena

    Pretty, but in this country it might simplify a child's life to use Helena or Elena. Read More 

  • Jelina

    Another version of Jelena, both Eastern European relatives of Helen.Read More 

  • Katarina

    The Russian version of Katherine is usually Ekaterina, but this Slovak form is used throughout Eastern Europe and may be more friendly to the American ear.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 

  • Larisa

    This version of the name of a Greek nymph, based on the ancient city of Larisa, is widely used in Russia thanks to a martyr saint venerated by the Eastern Church.Read More 

  • Luiza

    Luiza livens up Louisa. The insertion of the letter "Z" adds a lot more pizzazz.Read More 

  • Marina

    This pretty sea-born name was used to dramatic effect by Shakespeare in his play Pericles for the virtuous princess who says she is "Call'd Marina, for I was born at sea."... Read More 

  • Mariya

    Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian version of Maria sure to cause a lifetime of spelling questions and pronunciation mistakes.Read More 

  • Marya

    The final a adds a lot of style. Read More 

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