Russian girls-Behind the name

Akilina, Alisa, Anastasiya, Anya, Apollinariya, Dominika, Elizaveta, Ilia, Isidora, Katerika, Katya, Klara, Liliya, Lilya, Mariya, Miloslava, Natasya, Nataliya, Antonina, Giannina, Oxana, Rufina, Sofiya, Svetlana, Taisiya, Tatiana, Valentina, Violetta ,Yelizaveta, Zhanna, Zina & Zoya.

Do you have any favourite Russian names?

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  1. 1

    Dearest said,

    Irina is my favourite actually… And I really like Anastasia, but she’s a bit too frilly for me…
    Sasha is also nice, but it’s more of a boys’ name in Russia?

    Tatiana is also lovely…

    Svetlana is awful in my eyes! I’m Norwegian, and the Norwegian name for sweat is ‘svett’, so I only hear Sweatlana, which doesn’t make for a very appealing name to my ears…

    • 2

      babynamelover said,

      Irina is pretty! Anastasia is very frilly seems like a princess name to me. I like Sasha for a girl but hubby says its boring :(. I really like Tatiana šŸ™‚ also fond of Titania but don’t think thats russian. Sweatlana that totally puts me off :p

  2. 3

    Bewildertrix said,

    I don’t know what it is but I’ve never been drawn to Russian names. I don’t think there’s one I’ve ever really liked. Maybe it’s all the Ys šŸ˜›

    Completely off topic but I was fascinated with Finnish names a couple of years ago and was adamant I wanted to use names I really have no business using such as Kerttu (Gertrude) and Minttu (mint/peppermint). I just loved them.

    • 4

      babynamelover said,

      There is a lot of y’s do y’s make you think of bogans? I don’t mind y’s in a place of an i if its a russian name but in other names it drives me nutty especially extra ones! Finnish names cool! Minttu is pretty awesome!

  3. 5

    Bewildertrix said,

    I’ve just never found Y particularly attractive and the Y craze over the last few years e.g Maddisyn and Ryelee has really done me in. Unfortunately, that seems to have affected how I view many lovely old perfectly legit names with Ys in them. Silly, I know.

    I have exceptions. I do prefer Ysabeau to Isabeau slightly (although I’d never used the Y spelling) and Ysabel to Isobel but again, I’d never use it.
    I also like the Welsh Ynyr (IN eer) that a friend introduced me to. Again, not very likely I’d ever consider it.

    However, one of my favourites is Ivy. I’d never go the IE route and use Ivie despite any temptation. I like Blythe but prefer Blithe slightly more. Still, I haven’t ruled Blythe out just because I’m not a Y person.

    I’m just a big hypocrite!

    • 6

      babynamelover said,

      Its not silly I can see where you are coming from! Ysabeau is pretty I hadn’t seen that before. I love Isobel I don’t like Isabel, Isabelle.
      Ynyr that is crazy spelling lol.
      Ivy is gorgeous it looks funny spelt Ivie I dislike Rubie spelt like that too.
      I’m sure we are all hypocritical sometimes! šŸ™‚

  4. 7

    SarahInJune said,

    I’ve always like Isadora, but when it comes down to it I think Pandora is much much prettier.

    • 8

      babynamelover said,

      HUbby gone off Pandora šŸ˜¦ he still likes Isadora though, I like how theres many nn for Isadora, I prefer Isadora to Isidora.

  5. 9

    SarahInJune said,

    Isa would be a darling nn, There’s an Isa on Dora the Explorer so the name reminds me of the show, but that’s definitely not a bad association. I LOVE the way Dora sounds when being said be a two year old.

    • 10

      babynamelover said,

      Is there an Isa on that show? I didn’t know that! Dora is gorgeous I agree! Barnaby is on list which nn to Barney so I’m not worried about kids shows characters šŸ™‚
      I also like Issy. Hubby has gone off Rowan for a boy now he likes Rohen but I don’t like it with the e so Rowan is back on the girls list yay I prefer it on a girl he’s the one who puts it on the boys list. Hows you list going? any changes?

  6. 11

    SarahInJune said,

    My top girls right now are Phebe, Eulalie & Pandora. I’m not one for butchering the spelling of names, but I really like Eulayli, mostly because it affords the opportunity to go by Layli, which is so much prettier than Lalie. I’ve also been looking into the diminutives of Lily. Lily is very popular over here right now, but I do love the sound. Lily Belle caught my eye. I think it’s sweet. I also like Lilliana & Lilith. Not really sure though. The more I look the more confuse I am about what I want.

    I hope you don’t mind my swooping in on Pandora, but finding someone else who likes it gives me more courage to use it.

    For boys, I still dig Eben, but I’m liking Eben Isaac a lot at the moment. I’ve always liked Isaac but being a Sarah, it seems a little to cutesy.

    What do you think? Oh, I came across Leoti in my name book and while I don’t think I’d use it, I think it’s really adorable.

    • 12

      babynamelover said,

      OOh cool you like the Phebe spelling still? I think I prefer Eulalie to Eulayli it just looks prettier Eulaly? that doesn’t look quite right…
      I like Lilly with two l’s Lily Belle is sweet šŸ™‚ I like Lilith also Lileas, Lilya and Lila. I have some combos with Lily in the middle shes so sweet but a little over done altough people seem to have moved on to Poppy now.
      I don’t mind šŸ™‚ doesn’t look like I will get to use it and would love to see it on a wee girl šŸ™‚ What would you put in the middle?
      Eben Isaac is nice very strong šŸ™‚ Sarah & Isaac whats the connection biblical?
      Leoti is that male or female? I think sounds more male but I could be wrong!

  7. 13

    SarahInJune said,

    Thank God for fresh prospective. I tend to stare at things until I can’t see up. I’m sure you’re right about Eulalie, besides, The peom is the inspiration…

    I like it with Frances, it has that nice family link. I also like it with Eliza, but I have a love hate relationship with the double A endings.

    Sarah was Isaacs mother in the bible. It would be a little too cutesy for me.

    Leoti is feminine, It sort of rings of Lottie.

    • 14

      babynamelover said,

      I must read the poem do you think it will be online?
      Pandora Frances is pretty šŸ™‚ I’m not a fan of names first and middle ending the same I think it flows kind of funny.
      Oh I’m not so familiar with the bible, Its a middle though so not such a huge deal as if it was his first.
      Oh its feminine I think I prefer Lottie its my favourite nn for Charlotte, I kind of like it as a stand alone I’m not so fond of Charlotte.

  8. 15

    SarahInJune said,

    http://quotations.about.com/od/poemlyrics/a/PoePoem05.htm

    I like Lottie a lot, but Charlotte has always been a little to close to Harlot for my taste. I like Lettie a lot too, especially as a NN for Violet or Scarlet.

  9. 20

    SarahInJune said,

    I think I just like Frances because she was the only grandparent I ever really had a relationship with. Violet definitely sounds prettier though.

    • 21

      babynamelover said,

      Eualalie Frances Violet? Eulalia Violet Frances? but Remy & Kelson only have one middle don’t they?
      I want to honor my Grandad/Nan and Mum and Dad but we are probably only having 2 bubs.


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