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.
Meaning: Russian form of Agatha. Good
Meaning: Defender of man
Meaning: Russian form of Helen: light. Diminutive of Adelina: of the nobility. Noble
Meaning: Defender or helper
Meaning: He (God) has favored me
Meaning: Feminine form of Anton: beyond praise
Meaning: Variant of Helen
Meaning: Free man
Meaning: Feminine of czar. Russian equivalent to a female caesar or empress
Meaning: Feminine of Darius; a Persian royal name
Meaning: God’s gift
Origin: French, Latin
Meaning: Russian form of Katherine: pure
Meaning: Shining light. Variant of Helen
Meaning: Holy, sacred
Meaning: Life, animal
Meaning: Russian form of Eugenia: noble
Meaning: Derived from the Greek Theodora, meaning God’s gift
Meaning: God has redeemed
Meaning: Prosperous, successful; holy
Meaning: Pure, holy
Meaning: Russian form of Helen: light
Meaning: Protection. Cheerful. Adopted from Latin
Meaning: From Lydia
Meaning: Love of the people
Meaning: Miracles; favored
Meaning: People of victory
Meaning: Little girl; great-granddaughter
Meaning: Praise God
Meaning: Sun ray
Meaning: Blessed, holy; successful
Meaning: Variant of Sophia: wisdom
Meaning: Feminine of Tatius, a Roman family clan name
Meaning: Victory bringer
Meaning: Little she-bear
Meaning: Belonging to Zeus