50 Russian Girl Names

50 Russian Girl Names

Whether you’re of Russian descent yourself or you simply admire the culture, there are many good reasons to want to give your daughter a Russian name.

Russia has a strong heritage and culture that has influenced the entire world — from literature to music to history — so opting for a Russian girl’s name will give your daughter a little piece of that history. Bonus points if you also get her to learn to spell her name in Cyrillic!

Possibly one of the first names that would spring to mind for most people is Anastasiya (or Anastasia if you’d prefer the anglicized version). It’s a beautiful name with many references in popular culture.

Another pretty name that’s already used fairly often across the world is Veronika (or, if you’d prefer, Veronica).

Looking for a name that’s completely unlike any Western names and hasn’t been anglicized? Try Klavdiya, the feminine form of Claudius. It’s used in Bulgaria and Ukraine as well as in Russian, and can be shortened as Klava.

Alternatively, there’s Zinaida, the name of a first-century state from the Eastern Orthodox Church. The name also exists in Ancient Greece.

If you’d prefer to keep things simple, why not opt for Anna? It harks back to Anna Karenina, the namesake of one of the best-known pieces of Russian literature.

Agafia

Meaning: Russian form of Agatha. Good
Origin: Russian

Agnessa

Meaning: Meek
Origin: Russian

Aleksandra

Meaning: Defender of man
Origin: Greek

Alena

Meaning: Russian form of Helen: light. Diminutive of Adelina: of the nobility. Noble
Origin: Russian

Alexis

Meaning: Defender or helper
Origin: Russian

Alina

Meaning: Beautiful
Origin: Russian

Anastasiya

Meaning: Resurrection
Origin: Greek

Anna

Meaning: He (God) has favored me
Origin: Hebrew

Antonina

Meaning: Feminine form of Anton: beyond praise
Origin: Russian

Calina

Meaning: Variant of Helen
Origin: Russian

Charlotta

Meaning: Free man
Origin: German

Czarina

Meaning: Feminine of czar. Russian equivalent to a female caesar or empress
Origin: Russian

Darina

Meaning: Feminine of Darius; a Persian royal name
Origin: Russian

Dasha

Meaning: God’s gift
Origin: Russian

Dominika

Meaning: Lord
Origin: French, Latin

Ekaterina

Meaning: Russian form of Katherine: pure
Origin: Russian

Elena

Meaning: Shining light. Variant of Helen
Origin: Russian

Elga

Meaning: Holy, sacred
Origin: Slavic

Eva

Meaning: Life, animal
Origin: Hebrew

Evelina

Meaning: Life
Origin: Russian

Evgenia

Meaning: Russian form of Eugenia: noble
Origin: Russian

Feodora

Meaning: Derived from the Greek Theodora, meaning God’s gift
Origin: Slavic

Galya

Meaning: God has redeemed
Origin: Slavic

Helga

Meaning: Prosperous, successful; holy
Origin: Scandinavian

Inessa

Meaning: Pure, holy
Origin: Greek

Irina

Meaning: Peace
Origin: Greek

Katherina

Meaning: Pure
Origin: Greek

Kira

Meaning: Russian form of Helen: light
Origin: Russian

Klavidya

Meaning: Unknown
Origin: Unknown

Kristina

Meaning: Christian
Origin: Scandinavian

Lara

Meaning: Protection. Cheerful. Adopted from Latin
Origin: Latin

Lidia

Meaning: From Lydia
Origin: Greek

Ludmila

Meaning: Love of the people
Origin: Russian

Margarete

Meaning: Pearl
Origin: Greek

Mila

Meaning: Miracles; favored
Origin: Spanish

Nadezhda

Meaning: Hope
Origin: Russian

Nastya

Meaning: Resurrection
Origin: Greek

Natalia

Meaning: Birthday
Origin: Latin

Nika

Meaning: People of victory
Origin: Greek

Nina

Meaning: Little girl; great-granddaughter
Origin: Hebrew

Oksana

Meaning: Praise God
Origin: Hebrew

Olena

Meaning: Sun ray
Origin: Greek

Olga

Meaning: Blessed, holy; successful
Origin: Scandinavian

Sabina

Meaning: Sabine
Origin: Latin

Sonja

Meaning: Variant of Sophia: wisdom
Origin: Russian

Svetlana

Meaning: Luminescent
Origin: Russian

Tatiana

Meaning: Feminine of Tatius, a Roman family clan name
Origin: Latin

Veronika

Meaning: Victory bringer
Origin: Greek

Ursula

Meaning: Little she-bear
Origin: Scandinavian

Zinaida

Meaning: Belonging to Zeus
Origin: Greek