Russian Diminutives

Hello everyone! As you may have noticed, Russian names are usually quite complex. That’s why we use short forms of the name and diminutives.

In fact, there are names that can have many variations, depending on the degree of trust and affection you have with the person.

:small_orange_diamond: Some examples are:

  • Dmitriy - Dima, Dimochka, Mitya.
  • Tatiana - Tania, Taniusha, Tanyukha.
  • Sergey - Seryozha, Seryoga, Seriy.
  • Olga - Olya, Olechka, Olenka.
  • Pavel - Pasha, Pavlik, Pavlusha.
  • Anastasia - Nastya, Nastenka, Nastyusha, Stasya.

:small_orange_diamond: There are Russian names whose diminutives became so well known worldwide that people often assume they are full names or use them as such. Some examples are:

  • Nadia - from Nadyezhda.
  • Natasha - from Natalia.
  • Max - from Maxim.
  • Masha - from Maria.
  • Sonia - from Sofia.

:small_orange_diamond: Finally, there are diminutives that present curious cases. Among them:

  • Sasha - it’s diminutive for both Alexandra and Alexander.
  • Slava - it can be diminutive for several names, such as Viacheslav, Sviatoslav, Rostislav, Miroslav.
  • Lola - it can be diminutive for both Olga and Elena.

As these forms are used a lot, in Lingopie we are starting to clarify, in brackets, the whole name to which the short version belongs.

So now you know! If you want to know what your Russian diminutive might be, you can leave a comment below :heavy_heart_exclamation:

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