In one of the last posts I told you about the diminutives and variations that Russian names can have (Russian Diminutives).
Today I want to mention some of the most used names in Russia, and their origins and meanings. Whether on a Lingopie show or elsewhere, you’ve surely heard them.
Some common male names:
- Дмитрий - Dmitriy: Greek origin. Means “dedicated to the goddess Demeter” (goddess or earth and fertility).
- Александр - Alexander: Greek origin. Means “protective man”.
- Иван - Ivan: Hebrew origin, “forgiven by God”. Considered as one of the most Russian names.
- Сергей - Sergey: Latin origin, can mean either “high” or “noble”, as well as “servant of God”.
- Владимир - Vladimir: Slavic origin, meaning “ruler of the world”.
Some common female names:
- София - Sofia: Greek origin, meaning “wisdom”, “reasonableness”.
- Мария - Maria: Hebrew origin, meaning “desirable”, “serene”.
- Ольга - Olga: Old Russian origin. It can mean “holy”, “wise”.
- Анастасия - Anastasia: Greek origin. It means “resurrection”.
- Екатерина - Ekaterina: Greek origin. Means “pure”, “chaste”.
When I say that they are widely used names, it is really so. My name is Anastasia, and while in Argentina this name is very uncommon, when I traveled to Russia once I got lost in a bookstore and my mom, when she called me out loud, saw that about five girls turned around That was very unexpected!!!
And you, did you know all these names? Maybe you have friends named like this?