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Russian Baby Boy Names

Looking for a classic, timeless name for your baby boy? Many popular Russian boys’ names exude strength.

As with Russian baby girl names, Russian baby boy names often come with an adorable nickname that can be just as appealing as its full version.

Aleksander. Often spelled Aleksander in Russian, the derivative of the famous Greek name Alexander means “defender of men.” It was also the name of several Russian czars. A common Russian nickname is Sasha — perfect for your little ones as he grows up.

Aleksei. If you’re a fan of Russian royal history, Aleksei was the name of the last heir apparent to the Romanov throne. It’s a name fit for a prince (or king) that means “defender” and stems from Greek origins, though it’s widely used in Russia and Bulgaria. In Russia, boys named Aleksei are also sometimes known by the nickname of Alyosha.

Boris. It’s one of the first names that may come to mind when people think of Russian baby boy names — and for good reason. Meaning “battle” or “fight,” this powerful name of Slavic origin is consistently a top choice for parents looking to give their baby boy a traditional Russian name.

Dmitri. With roots planted in Greek origin, this boys’ name is a popular choice in Russia. It symbolizes “devotion to,” or “follower of” Demeter, the Greek goddess of agriculture also known as “mother earth.” As timeless as its origins, boys named Dmitri can also go by the nickname Dima.

Grigoriy. You may be familiar with the American spelling of Gregory, but Grigoriy adds a Russian twist to this popular baby boy name. Meaning “vigilant and watchful,” a boy named Grigoriy can also go by the widely-used nickname Grisha.

Igor. This traditional Slavic name given to boys throughout Russia and neighboring countries means “protected,” and in some instances, “warrior of peace.” It’s a cherished and beloved Russian boy name that only grows more appealing with time.

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Ilya. As the East Slavic form of the male Hebrew name Eliyahu, or Elijah, the simplified Ilya essentially means “the Lord is my God.” While the name may hold more religious meaning than others, it’s also used in neutral ways, making it a popular Russian boys’ name for decades.

Konstantin. Depending on where you look, you’ll find different variations of this baby boy name throughout European cultures — including in Russia. Meaning “firm” or “constant,” this unwavering name is popular in Russia, Bulgaria and Serbia. A common nickname for Konstantin is Kostya,” pronounced with a long “o” like kohst-ya.

Leonid. For the boy born to be a lion, there’s no better name than Leonid. It symbolizes “lion strength.” While the name is of German origin, it’s a very popular Russian name, too. Some nicknames for Leonid can include Leo, Lenya or Lova (the last two of which are Russian).

Maksim. It’s a perfect choice for baby boys meant to be stars. Maksim stems from the Latin name Maximus, which means “the greatest.” Though Latin in origin, it’s a famous Russian name that also goes by the simple nickname of Max.

Mikhail. Like some of its counterparts, Mikhail is another regal name frequented by Russian czars. Its meaning is originally of Hebrew origin, translating to “who resembles God.” While Mikhail might be more formal, this name also comes with an adorable Russian nickname: Misha (pronounced mee-sha), which can be gender-neutral.

Oleg. It’s a short name that packs a lot of meaning. This East Slavic name means “holy,” “sacred” or “blessed” and is one of the most common boys’ names in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. You may see different spellings of the name (including Oleh and Aleg), though pronunciation remains the same.

Vladimir. This classic Old Slavic name is a tried-and-true Russian title. Meaning “of great power” or “ruler of peace,” this strong name also comes with a simpler nickname: Vova.

Yevgeniy. More commonly known as Eugene, the Russian variation of “Yevgeniy” quite literally means “well-born.” And if your baby boy is, well, born well, this Russian and Greek name is a perfect fit. If Yevgeniy feels like too long of a name, many parents use the nickname of Genya or Yevgy.

Yuri. As a Russian version of the name George, Yuri means “farmer.” It’s one of the simpler selections for Russian baby boy names, but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful. A unique and classic choice, many parents throughout Russia opt to name their male children Yuri.

Written by Ashley Zlatopolsky

Ashley Zlatopolsky is a writer, editor and content strategist. She is a native Russian speaker and Detroit-based journalist. Zlatopolsky's work has been published in Rolling Stone, National Geographic, The Guardian, The Washington Post and more. Previously, she worked as a branded content strategist at USA TODAY. Zlatopolsky speaks Russian fluently and enjoys writing stories that connect to her culture and heritage.

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Russian Baby Names

Russian might be one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn, but you don’t need to know how to speak the language to recognize the depth and meaning behind their names. Russian names are steeped in culture and history. 

A traditional Russian name is typically made up of a first name, a middle name or patronymic name, and a family name. A given name is one given at birth or in the event of a name change. A patronymic name is usually a name that comes from the father or a paternal relative. Most Russians have all three names. When speaking to a person who is older than you or in a position of authority, you might be required to use their first and patronymic names.

Russian names come from many sources. They include ancient Slavic names, Christian names, and names popularized in soviet and post soviet Russia. Some of the most popular Russian names you might recognize include Vladimir, Olga, and Sasha. Before you settle on a Russian name for your child, learn about the meaning behind the name and which famous person your child might be sharing names with. 

Popular Russian Baby Names For Girls 

These are some of the most popular Russian baby names for girls, their origins, what they mean, and a couple of fun facts about them.

Agrafena

  • Origin: Russian, Greek
  • Meaning: Feet first
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Fenya, Agrippina, Agrafina, Agripina
  • Famous Namesakes: Agrippina Vaganova, Russian ballerina 
  • Peak Popularity: Agrafena is a unique name and can’t be found in the top list of girl’s names in the United States.

Fun Fact: Agrafena is the Russian variation of the Greek name, Agrippina which was the name of the mother of the famous King Nero. 

Alina

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Bright, beautiful
  • AlternativeSpellings & Variations: Alena, Adelina, Albina, Alya
  • FamousNamesakes: Alina Jidkova, tennis player
  • PeakPopularity: In Alina peaked in popularity as the th most popular name in the United States.

FunFact: Alina is a variation of the classic name Helen. In Arabic it means noble. 

Alyona

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Bright and shining light 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lena, Elena, Yelena
  • Famous Namesakes: Alyona Alyona, rapper; Alyona Minkovski, T.V. Correspondent 
  • Peak Popularity: Alyona is a classic and unique Russian name. Although Alyona has not been in the list of top 1, girls names, Elena was the 55th most popular girl's name of

Fun Fact: Alyona is a modern Russian variant of the Greek name Helen.

Anastasiya

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Resurrection
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Anastasia, Nastasia, Nastasya, Nastya, Stasya
  • Famous Namesakes: Anastasia Bitsenko, Russian revolutionary
  • Peak Popularity: Its more popular spelling variation, Anastasia, was the most popular name for girls in Russia in In , it was the th most popular name for girls in the United States.

Fun Fact: Anastasia Romanovna was the name of the wife of the Russian czar Ivan the Terrible.

Anoushka

  • Origin: Russian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Grace, favor
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Anuschka, Annushka, Anushka
  • Famous Namesakes: Anouska Hempel, film and T.V. actress
  • Peak Popularity: In , 58 girls were given the name Anoushka in the United States.

Fun Fact: Anoushka is a Russian variation of the more popular name Anna.

Anya

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Grace
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Anja, Ania
  • Famous Namesakes: Anya Monzikova, model and actress; Anya Chalotra, actress
  • Peak Popularity: Anya reached peak popularity in as the nd most popular girl's name in the United States. In it was ranked

Fun Fact: Anya is derived from the name Anna. It also means power in Kurdish and is the Hungarian word for mother.

Dinara

  • Origin: Arabic, Latin
  • Meaning: Wealth
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dinarah
  • Famous Namesakes: Dinara Safina, a Russian tennis player
  • Peak Popularity: Dinara is a unique name and can’t be found in the top list of girl’s names in the United States.

Fun Fact: Dinara is derived from the word denarius, which means gold coin or treasure.

Dominika

  • Origin: Czech, Latin, Polish
  • Meaning: From the Lord
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dominica, Domenica
  • Famous Namesakes: Dominika Cibulková, former professional tennis player
  • Peak Popularity: Dominika is most popularly used in Czech, Poland, and Russia. It has not been in the list of top 1, girls names in the U.S.

Fun Fact: Dominika is the female equivalent of the popular name, Dominque which also means "From the Lord."

Doroteya

  • Origin: Russian, Greek
  • Meaning: Gift of God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Doroteia, Doroteja, Dorothea
  • Famous Namesakes: Doroteya Toleva, actress
  • Peak Popularity: Doroteya is a unique name and can’t be found in the top list of girl’s names in the United States.

Fun Fact: Dorothy used to be a less common variant of Dorothea. Between and it became one of the most popular girl's names in the United States.

Eva

  • Origin: Hebrew, Greek
  • Meaning: Life
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ava, Eve, Yeva
  • Famous Namesakes: Eva Herzigova, model; Eva Mendes, actress; Eva Longoria, actress
  • Peak Popularity: Eva is a popular name for girls. It peaked in when it was the 33rd most popular name for girls in the United States.

Fun Fact: The name Eva is used in many languages as a variation to the name Eve.

Faina

  • Origin: Russian, Latin
  • Meaning: Shinning, crown
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Phaena, Faena
  • Famous Namesakes: Faina Melnyk, Olympic discus champion
  • Peak Popularity: Faina is a unique name and can’t be found in the top list of girl’s names in the United States.

Feodora

  • Origin: Russian 
  • Meaning: Divine gift 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Feo, Fyodora, Fedora
  • Famous Namesakes: Princess Feodora of Leiningen
  • Peak Popularity: Feodora is a unique name and can’t be found in the top list of girl’s names in the United States.

Fun Fact: Feodora is derived from the Greek name Theodora which means God’s gift. 

Galina

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Calm, tranquil
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gala, Galya, Galochka
  • Famous Namesakes: Galina Starovoytova, Russian politician; Galina Voskoboeva, a Russian tennis player 
  • Peak Popularity: The name Galina is not popular in the United States.

Inga

  • Origin: Scandinavian, Russian
  • Meaning: Guarded by Ing (Norse god of peace and prosperity).
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Inge, Ingrid, Inger
  • Famous Namesakes: Inga Babakova, athlete
  • Peak Popularity: The peak of its popularity was in when 29 people in the United States were named Inga.

Fun Fact: The name Inga has appeared on the top list in the U.S. only 13 times between and

Innessa

  • Origin: Russian, Greek
  • Meaning: Chaste, purity
  • AlternativeSpellings & Variations: Inesa, Ines, Inaas, Inessa, Agnessa, Agniya
  • Famous Namesakes: Innessa, Russian singer and songwriter
  • Peak Popularity: Innessa is a unique name and can’t be found in the top list of girl’s names in the United States.

Fun Fact: Inessa is also used in Spain and Germany. It is believed to be derived from a combination of the names Agnes and Ines.

Inna

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Rough stream, coming from strong waters
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ina, Inne
  • Famous Namesakes: Inna, singer; Inna Churikova, Russian actress
  • Peak Popularity: Inna is a unique name and can’t be found in the top list of girl’s names in the United States.

Fun Fact: Inna is the nickname of Elena Alexandra Apostoleanu, a Romanian singer and songwriter. 

Irina

  • Origin: Russian, Greek
  • Meaning: Peace, peaceful
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Irisha, Ira, Arisha, Atina, Irena, Irene, Irin
  • Famous Namesakes: Irina Shayk, model
  • Peak Popularity: Irina is a unique name and can’t be found in the top list of girl’s names in the United States.

Katya

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Pure, perfect
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Katiya, Katia, Ekaterina, Katyusha
  • Famous Namesakes: Katya Jones, dancer; Katya Zamolodchikova, drag queen
  • Peak Popularity: Katiya is a unique name and can’t be found in the top list of girl’s names in the United States.

Fun fact: Denzel Washington’s daughter is named Katia.

Karina

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Pure, chaste
  • AlternativeSpellings & Variations: Carina, Karin
  • Famous Namesakes: Karin Knapp, retired tennis player; Karin Dreijer Andersson, singer, and songwriter
  • Peak Popularity: In , babies were given the name Karina. This is the peak of its popularity in the United States.

Fun Fact: Karina was the th most popular baby girl's name in the U.S. in

Kira

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Leader of the people
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kiran, Kaira, Keera, Kiera, Kyra
  • Famous Namesakes: Princess Kira of Prussia, Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna of Russia

Fun Fact: Kira is the feminine version of the masculine name Kir, in Russia. It could also mean "mistress" and "ruler."

Klara

  • Origin: Russian, German, Hungarian
  • Meaning: Clear, bright
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Clara, Clare
  • Famous Namesakes: Klara Soderberg, singer
  • Peak Popularity: Klara is a unique name and can’t be found in the top list of girl’s names in the United States.

Ksana

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Praise be to God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ksanochka, Ksann Ksanna, Ksena
  • Famous Namesakes: Ksana Sergienko, singer
  • Peak Popularity: Ksana is a unique name and can’t be found in the top list of girl’s names in the United States.

Lada

  • Origin: Russian, Slavic
  • Meaning: Goddess of beauty 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Vladislava, Vladimira
  • Famous Namesakes: Lada Kozlíková, road and track cyclist
  • Peak Popularity: Lada is a unique name and can’t be found in the top list of girl’s names in the United States.

Larisa

  • Origin: Russian, Greek, Latin
  • Meaning: Fortress, citadel, cheerful
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Larissa, Lara, Larysa
  • Famous Namesakes: Larissa Loukianenko, former Belarusian gymnast
  • Peak Popularity: The alternative spelling of the name, Larissa, was given to babies in the United States in This is the most the name has ever been used in the United States.

Fun Fact: The name Larisa is either derived from a nymph in Greek mythology or from the name of an ancient Greek city called Larisa, which meant citadel.

Lubov

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Love, beloved
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lyubov, Liubov, Lyubochka
  • Famous Namesakes: Lubov Orlova, Russian actress
  • Peak Popularity: The name Lubov isn’t popular in the United States.

Luda

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Love of the people
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lyudmila, Ludmila
  • Famous Namesakes: Lyudmila Chernykh, astronomer
  • Peak Popularity: The name Luda isn’t popular in the United States.

Fun Fact: The name Lyudmila was first used in Russia in the Age of Romanticism.

Manya

  • Origin: Hindu, Russian
  • Meaning: Bitter
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Maria, Maanya, Manja
  • Famous Namesakes: Manya Shochat, politician
  • Peak Popularity: Manya is a unique name and can’t be found in the top list of girl’s names in the United States.

Margarita

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Pearl
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Greta, Margaret, Rita 
  • Famous Namesakes: Margarita Levieva, actress; Margarita Gasparyan, a Russian tennis player
  • Peak Popularity: Margarita was most popular in the United States in It fell off the top list in

Fun Fact: Margarita is also the Spanish word for the daisy.

Marina

  • Origin: Russian, Latin
  • Meaning: Of the sea
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Maren, Maryna, Marine, Mari, Mina
  • Famous Namesakes: Marina Tsvetaeva, Russian poet, and writer; Princess Marina of Greece
  • Peak Popularity: Marina reached height popularity in the United States in the mids.

Fun Fact: Marina is the name of a character in Shakespeare’s play “Pericles, Prince of Tyre.”

Maya

  • Origin: Spanish, Hindu, Russian
  • Meaning: Dream
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Maia, Maiyah, Mya, Miah
  • Famous Namesakes: Maya Angelou, poet; Maya Rudolph actress
  • Peak Popularity: Maya was most popular in the United States in the s. In , 5, babies were named Maya at peak popularity. It’s currently the 61st most popular name for girls.

Fun Fact: Maya is also the name of an indigenous group of people from Mexico and Central America.

Mila

  • Origin: Russian, Slavic
  • Meaning: Loved by the people, gracious, dear one
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ludmila, Mela, Milena, Milica
  • Famous Namesakes: Mila Kunis, actress
  • Peak Popularity: Mila has surged in popularity in the United States since In , babies were given the name Mila at peak popularity.

Fun Fact: Mila is the 20th most popular girl’s name in the United States today.

Mischa

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Who is like God?
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Misha
  • Famous Namesakes: Mischa Barton, actress

Nadenka

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Hope
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Nadezhda, Nada, Nadja, Nadya, Nadina
  • Famous Namesakes: Nadya Suleman, American media personality 
  • Peak Popularity: Nadenka isn’t very popular in the United States and has made it into the top names list.

Fun Fact: Nadenka is the Russian variation of the popular name Nadia.

Natalya

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: the birthday of Christ 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Natalia, Nataliya, Natalie
  • Famous Namesakes: Natalia Vodianova, Russian model; Natalia Tena, actress
  • Peak Popularity: Natalya reached height popularity in the United States in , babies were named Natalya.

Fun Fact: The variations Natalie and Nathalie is now more commonly used than Natalya.

Nikita

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Winner, victor
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Nikki, Nikitha, Nakita, Nickita
  • Famous Namesakes: Nikita Thukral, actress; Nikita Dragun, American internet personality
  • Peak Popularity: Nikita is one of the most popular names in Russia. It’s also fairly common in the United States. In , babies were named Nikita.

Fun Fact: Nikita is the Russian variation of the name Nicole. Elton John has a song named Nikita, and it’s also the name of a popular T.V. series

Oksana

  • Origin: Russian, Ukrainian
  • Meaning: Praise to God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Oxana, Ksenia, Kseniya
  • Famous Namesakes: Oksana Akinshina, actress; Oxana Fedorova, Russian television presenter
  • Peak Popularity: The name Oksana has never been ranked in the top names in the United States.

Fun Fact: Oksana Baiul, a Ukrainian figure skating champion, made the name popular in the United States.

Polina

  • Origin: Russian, Greek
  • Meaning: Small, humble
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Paulina, Apollinariya, Palina
  • Famous Namesakes: Polina Gagarina, singer and songwriter 
  • Peak Popularity: The name Polina has never been ranked in the top names in the United States.

Fun Fact: Polina is a feminine variation of the masculine name Paul.

Raisa

  • Origin: Russian, Greek
  • Meaning: Easygoing, rose
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Raissa, Risa
  • Famous Namesakes: Raisa Blokh, Russian poet; Raisa Gorbacheva, former first lady of the Soviet Union 
  • Peak Popularity: Raisa is a unique name that isn't found on the top list of girl’s names in the United States.

Sonya

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Wisdom 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Soniyah, Sonjah, Sonyah
  • Famous Namesakes: Sonya Jeyaseelan, a Canadian tennis player
  • Peak Popularity: At the peak of its popularity in , babies were named Sonya in the United States.

Fun Fact: Sonya is a diminutive form of the name Sophia. It’s also the name of a character in Leo Tolstoy's novel “War and Peace.”

Sasha

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Leader of men, defender of mankind
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sacha, Sascha, Sashenka
  • Famous Namesakes: Sasha Alexander, actress; Sasha Pieterse, singer, and songwriter
  • Peak Popularity: The use of the name Sasha in the United States, peaked for the first time in when babies were named Sasha. It peaked again in , ranking

Fun Fact: Sasha started as a nickname for the name Alexandra, but is now recognized as a name of its own.

Sonechka

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Wise
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Sofia, Sophie
  • Peak Popularity: Sonechka isn’t a popular name in the United States.

Svetlana

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Star, shining star
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lana, Sveta, Svitlana
  • Famous Namesakes: Svetlana Kuznetsova, tennis player; Svetlana Khodchenkova, actress
  • Peak Popularity: Svetlana isn’t a popular name in the United States.

Fun Fact: Svetlana Stalin, the dictator's daughter, helped popularize the name.

Taisiya

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Clever, witty 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Taisia
  • Famous Namesakes: Taisia Povaliy, Ukrainian singer and actress
  • Peak Popularity: Taisia isn’t a popular name in the United States.

Fun Fact: Thaïs of Alexandria is thought to have inspired the birth of the name.

Ulyana

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Youthful
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Uliana, Yuliana, Yulianna, 
  • Famous Namesakes: Uliana of Tver, daughter of Prince Alexander of Tver; Uliana Donskova, Russian gymnast
  • Peak Popularity: Ulyana isn’t a popular name in the United States.

Vanka

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Grace, favored by God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ivanka, Vanya
  • Famous Namesakes: Ivanka Trump, American businesswoman 
  • Peak Popularity: Vanka isn’t a popular name in the United States.

Yekaterina

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Pure, innocent
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ekaterina, Katenka, Katya, Katerina, Katyusha
  • Famous Namesakes: Yekaterina Lobaznyuk, former Olympic gymnast
  • Peak Popularity: The name Yekaterina isn’t popular in the United States.

Fun Fact: Yekaterina is the Russian version of the popular name Katherine. Ekaterina is also the name of a Russian television show.

Yelizaveta

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Consecrated to God, pledged to God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Elizaveta
  • Famous Namesakes: Yelizaveta Kozhevnikova, Olympic skier; Yelizaveta Lavrovskaya, Russian mezzo-soprano
  • Peak Popularity: The name Yelizaveta isn’t popular in the United States.

Fun Fact: Yelizaveta is the Russian version of the popular name Elizabeth.

Yana

  • Origin: Russian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is gracious, a gift from God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Jana
  • Famous Namesakes: Yana Kudryavtseva, former Russian gymnast
  • Peak Popularity: The name Yana isn’t popular in the United States.

Fun Fact: Yana is also the name of a river in Russia.

Yulia

  • Origin: Russian, Latin
  • Meaning: Youthful, young 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Yuliya, Julia, Juliya
  • Famous Namesakes: Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukrainian politician; Yulia Efimova, Russian swimmer
  • Peak Popularity: Yulia is not a popular name in the United States.

Popular Russian Baby Names for Boys 

Here are a few of the most popular Russian baby names for boys, their origins, what they mean, and a couple of fun facts about them.

Adrik

  • Origin: Russian, Latin
  • Meaning: Dark
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Adrion, Adrien
  • Peak Popularity: Adrik isn’t a very popular name in the United States.

Aleksandr

  • Origin: Russian, Ukrainian
  • Meaning: Man’s defender, defending men 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Oleksander, Oleksandr, Aleks, Alex
  • Famous Namesakes: Aleksandr Pushkin, Russian poet; Aleksandr Karelin, Olympic athlete; Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, novelist
  • Peak Popularity: In the United States, the name Aleksandr has never ranked in the top

Fun Fact: Aleksandr is the Russian equivalent for the English name Alexander.

Alexei

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Defender
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Alexey, Aleksey, Alexej, Aleksei
  • Famous Namesakes: Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia; Alexei Emelin, professional ice hockey player 
  • Peak Popularity: Alexei isn’t a very popular name in the United States.

Fun Fact: The name Alexei has been popularized as Alexis in the United States.

Alyosha

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Defender of man 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Aleksey, Aleksis
  • Famous Namesakes: Alyosha Popovich, a folk hero in Russian folklore; Alyosha Andonov, Bulgarian football coach
  • Peak Popularity: The name Alyosha isn’t popular in the United States.

Fun Fact: Alyosha the pot is the name of a short story written by Leo Tolstoy.

Anatoly

  • Origin: Russian 
  • Meaning: From the east rising sun, sunrise
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Anatoli, Anatole
  • Famous Namesakes: Anatoli Aslamov, Russian football coach; Anatoly Karpov, Russian chess grandmaster
  • Peak Popularity: The name Anatoly isn’t popular in the United States.

Fun Fact: Anatoli Knyazev is a fictional character appearing in DC comics.

Arseny

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Strong, virile
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Arseniy, Arsenii
  • Famous Namesakes: Arseny Avraamov, Russian composer; Arseny Tarkovsky, Soviet poet and translator 
  • Peak Popularity: Arseny isn’t a very popular name in the United States.

Boris

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Fight, fighter
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Borys, Barys
  • Famous Namesakes: Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Boris Kodjoe, actor 
  • Peak Popularity: The popularity of the name has peaked and dipped several times since the 19th century. It reached the peak of its popularity in the United States in

Fun Fact: The name was popularized in Russia due to Saint Boris, who was a martyred Russian prince.

Daniil

  • Origin: Russian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is my judge
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Danila
  • Famous Namesakes: Daniil Kvyat, Russian racing driver; Daniil Medvedev, a Russian tennis player
  • Peak Popularity: Daniil is not a common name in the United States.

Fun Fact: Daniil is the Russian version of the name Daniel.

Dmitri

  • Origin: Russian, Greek
  • Meaning: Earth lover
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dmitry, Dimitri, Dmitry, Dmitrii, Dmitriy
  • Famous Namesakes: Dmitri Aliev, Russian figure skater; Dmitri Bulykin, Russian football player
  • Peak Popularity: In the United States, the use of the name Dmitri started to gain popularity in , peaking in , and dipping in

Fun Fact: Misha Collins, the American actor, was born Dmitri Tippens Krushnic.

Dominik

  • Origin: Bulgarian, Russian, Latin
  • Meaning: Belonging to God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Dominic
  • Famous Namesakes: Dominic Jacobetti, politician
  • Peak Popularity: The name peaked in popularity in

Fun Fact: The name Dominik is given to English and Welsh boys three times more than American boys.

Eriks

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Eternal ruler
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Erik, Eric
  • Famous Namesakes: Erik Per Sullivan, actor; Erik Knudsen, actor
  • Peak Popularity: The name Eriks isn’t popular in the United States.

Fedyenka

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Gift from God
  • Peak Popularity: The name Fedyenka isn’t popular in the United States.

Fun Fact: Fedyenka is the Russian form of the name Theodore.

Fyodor

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: God’s gift
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Fedor, Feodor
  • Famous Namesakes: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian author; Fedor Bondarchuk, Russian film director
  • Peak Popularity: Fyodor is not common in the United States.

Fun Fact: Fedora is the feminine form of Fyodor.

Gavriil

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Worships God, God is my strength 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gavril
  • Famous Namesakes: Gavril Ilizarov, Russian physician 
  • Peak Popularity: Gavriil isn’t a very popular name in the United States.

Gennady

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Generous, noble
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Gennadiy, Gennadi 
  • Famous Namesakes: Gennadi Karponosov, Russian Olympic ice dancer and coach; Gennady Padalka, Russian cosmonaut
  • Peak Popularity: Gennady has never ranked in the top in the United States.

Fun Fact: The female variation of the name is Gennadiya.

Grigory

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Watchful
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Grigori, Grigorii
  • Famous Namesakes: Grigoriy Rasputin, Russian mystic; Grigory Laguta, motorcycle speedway rider
  • Peak Popularity: Grigory isn’t a popular name in the United States.

Fun Fact: Grigori Rasputin is a fictional supervillain in the comic book Hellboy.

Igor

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Warrior
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ihor
  • Famous Namesakes: Igor Stravinsk, a Russian composer; Igor Sikorsky, the Russian-American designer of the first successful helicopter
  • Peak Popularity: Igor is not popular in the United States.

Fun Fact: Igor is the Russian form of Yngvarr. It was brought by the Varangians to Russia in the 10th century and given to two grand princes of Kiev.

Iosif

  • Origin: Russian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Jehovah increases, God shall add
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Osip
  • Famous Namesakes: Iosif Rotariu, Romanian footballer
  • Peak Popularity: The name Iosif isn’t popular in the United States.

Fun Fact: Iosif is the Russian form of the name Joseph, which means God shall add another son. 

Ivan

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: God is gracious 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ioann, Ioan, 
  • Famous Namesakes: Ivan the terrible, first Tsar of Russia; Ivan Rakitić, football player
  • Peak Popularity: The use of the name Ivan was most popular in the United States in with 3, babies were given the name in that year, and it has remained popular since then.

Fun Fact: Six Russian rulers have borne the name Ivan in history.

Kiril

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Lord, master, ruler 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Kirill, Kiryl, 
  • Famous Namesakes: Kirill Pokrovsky, Russian composer
  • Peak Popularity: Kiril is not popular in the United States.

Leonid

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Lion-like
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Leonidas
  • Famous Namesakes: Leonid Andreyev, Russian playwright; Leonid Brezhnev, former leader of the USSR
  • Peak Popularity: Leonid has never made the top list in the United States.

Fun Fact: In astronomy, Leonid is a shower of meteors that occurs around November 14th and appears to radiate from a point in the constellation Leo.

Lev

  • Origin: Russian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Heart, lion 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Lyev, Lyov
  • Famous Namesakes: Lev Grossman, Russian author; Lev Landau, Soviet physicist and Nobel laureate; Lev Vygotsky, a Russian psychologist
  • Peak Popularity: Lev is not popular in the United States.

Fun Fact: Lev was the real Russian name of author Leo Tolstoy.

Luka

  • Origin: Russian, Latin
  • Meaning: Light, bringer of light 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Luca, Lucas, Luke
  • Famous Namesakes: Luka Modrić, football player; Luka Milivojević, football player 
  • Peak Popularity: Luka started to gain popularity in , and continues to rise. In , 2, babies were given the name.

Lyonechka

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Lion, brave
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Leon, Leonidas, Lyon
  • Peak Popularity: Lyonechka is not ranked within the top names.

Fun Fact: Lyonechka is a form of the English name Leonard.

Maksimilian

  • Origin: Russian, Polish
  • Meaning: Greatest 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Maksimillian, Maksymilian
  • Famous Namesakes: Maximillian Schmeling, German boxer; 
  • Peak Popularity: The name Maksimilian isn’t popular in the United States.

Marat

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Desired
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Marrat, Maraht
  • Famous Namesakes: Marat Safin, Russian tennis player; Marat Tazhin, Kazakh politician
  • Peak Popularity: Marat isn’t a very popular name in the United States.

Matvey

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Gift of God, God’s gift 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Matvei, Matfey
  • Famous Namesakes: Matvei Blanter, Russian composer; Matvey Gusev, Russian astronomer
  • Peak Popularity: Matvey isn’t a popular name in the United States.

Fun Fact: Matvey is a Russian form of Matthew.

Mikhail

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Who is like God?
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Michail, Mihail
  • Famous Namesakes: Mikhail Lermontov, poet; Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet leader
  • Peak Popularity: Mikhail only ranked in the top the United States twice in and

Fun Fact: Mikhail is the Russian form of Michael.

Nikolai

  • Origin: Russian, Greek
  • Meaning: Victorious
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Nikolay, Nikola
  • Famous Namesakes: Prince Nikolai of Denmark; Nikolai Valuev, Russian boxer
  • Peak Popularity: Nikolai started to gain popularity in , and ranked in the U.S. in

Fun Fact: Nikolai is also the name of a city in Alaska.

Oleg

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Holy, sacred
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Helge, Oleh, Olezka
  • Famous Namesakes: Oleg Aleynik, Russian footballer, 
  • Peak Popularity: Oleg is a very popular name in Russia, but it’s not on the list of the top most popular baby names in the United States.

Fun Fact: The female equivalent of Oleg is Olga.

Ony

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Eagle
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Oriel
  • Peak Popularity: Ony isn’t a popular name in the United States.

Pavel

  • Origin: Russian, Latin
  • Meaning: Small
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Pavle, Paviel, Paval
  • Famous Namesakes: Pavel I of Russia, Emperor of Russia; Pavel Pavel, a Czech engineer
  • Peak Popularity: The name Pavel is not popular in the United States.

Fun Fact: Pavel is the Russian variation of the name Paul.

Pyotr

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Rock, stone
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Peter
  • Famous Namesakes: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer; Pyotr Kapitsa, scientist 
  • Peak Popularity: Pyotr isn’t a popular name in the United States.

Rodion 

  • Origin: Russian, Greek
  • Meaning: Song of the hero 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Herodion, Rodya 
  • Famous Namesakes: Rodion Luka, Ukrainian yachtsman; Rodion Malinovsky, Soviet military commander
  • Peak Popularity: The name Rodion is well used in Russia, but isn’t popular in the United States.

Rurik

  • Origin: Russian, Nordic, German
  • Meaning: Famous ruler 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Ryurik, Rorik, 
  • Famous Namesakes: Rurik Gislason, football player; 
  • Peak Popularity: The name Rurik isn’t popular in the United States.

Fun Fact: Rurik is also the name of a European dynasty, and one of Europe's oldest royal houses.

Semyon

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Listening, God is heard 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Simon, Semen
  • Famous Namesakes: Semyon Antonov, athlete 
  • Peak Popularity: Semyon is a popular name in Russia, but not very commonly used in the United States. It’s variation Simon was the st most popular name in

Slavik

  • Origin: Russian, Slavic
  • Meaning: Glory
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: None
  • Famous Namesakes: Slavik Alkhasov, footballer 
  • Peak Popularity: Slavik is not popular in the United States.

Stanislav 

  • Origin: Russian, Slavic 
  • Meaning: The one who achieves glory, glorious government  
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Slava, Stas
  • Famous Namesakes: Stanislav Aseyev, Ukrainian writer; Stanislav Govorukhin, Russian film director 
  • Peak Popularity: Stanislav is not popular in the United States.

Fun Fact: The feminine form of the name is Stanislava.

Vadim

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Powerful ruler
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Vadimir, Vadym
  • Famous Namesakes: Vadim Bakatin, former Soviet politician; Vadim Evseev, Russian football coach
  • Peak Popularity: The name Vadim is not common in the United States.

Valentin

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Healthy, strong 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Valentinus, Vali, Valent, Val
  • Famous Namesakes: Val Kilmer, American actor; Valentin Serov, Russian painter
  • Peak Popularity: In the name Valentin was given to boys. This is the highest ever record of the name in the United States.

Fun Fact: Valentin is also a common surname in Spanish and German speaking-countries.

Vasily

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Royal, regal
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Vasili, Vasily, Vassily
  • Famous Namesakes: Vasily Smyslov, chess grandmaster; Vasily Alekseyev, Soviet weightlifter
  • Peak Popularity: Vasily isn’t a very common name in the United States.

Fun Fact: Vasili is the name of a character in the popular Twilight books.

Veniamin

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Son of the south
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Venyamin
  • Famous Namesakes: Veniamin (Kazansky), Archbishop of Petrograd; Veniamin Smekhov, Russian actor
  • Peak Popularity: Veniamin is not ranked in the top in the United States.

Fun Fact: Veniamin is the Russian version of the name Benjamin.

Viktor 

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Man of victory, conqueror 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Vik, Victor, Vitya
  • Famous Namesakes: Viktor Yanukovych, fourth President of Ukraine; Viktor Fischer, football player 
  • Peak Popularity: The name Viktor has never ranked in the top in the United States, but its alternative spelling, Victor, ranked in

Vladimir

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Renowned prince 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Vlad, Vladilen, 
  • Famous Namesakes: Vladimir Putin, Russian president; Vladimir the Great, Grand Prince of Kiev
  • Peak Popularity: Vladimir is not popular in the United States.

Fun Fact: The earliest record of the name was Vladimir-Rasate who ruled Bulgaria from to

Vsevolod

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Ruler of all
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Vsevolodovich, Vseva, Sevan
  • Famous Namesakes: Vsevolod Meyerhold, Russian theatre director; 
  • Peak Popularity: Vsevolod isn’t a very popular name in the United States.

Vyacheslav

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Has glory, fame
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Viatcheslav, Viacheslav, Slava 
  • Famous Namesakes: Vyacheslav Rybakov, Russian science fiction author; Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Russian actor; Vyacheslav Kozlov, former professional ice hockey player
  • Peak Popularity: Vyacheslav isn’t a very popular name in the United States.

Yegor

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Warrior, farmer 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Egor, Jegor, Egori
  • Famous Namesakes: Yegor Baburin, Russian football player; Yegor Gaidar, Russian politician; Yegor Nikolayev, Russian athlete 
  • Peak Popularity: Yegor isn’t a very popular name in the United States.

Yevgeny 

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: Noble
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Yevgenii, Yevgen, Evgeny, Evgeni
  • Famous Namesakes: Yevgeni Grishkovetz, Russian writer; Yevgeny Leonov, Russian actor
  • Peak Popularity: The name Yevgeny is not popular in the United States.

Fun Fact: Yevgeny is the Russian form of Eugene.

Yury

  • Origin: Russian, Greek
  • Meaning: The light of God
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Yuri, Yegor, Yuriy, Yury
  • Famous Namesakes: Yuri Oganessian, Russian scientist
  • Peak Popularity: Yury isn’t a very popular name in the United States.

Zakhar

  • Origin: Russian
  • Meaning: God has remembered 
  • Alternative Spellings & Variations: Zak 
  • Famous Namesakes: Zakhar Prilepin, Russian writer; Zakhar Arzamastsev, Russian ice hockey player 
  • Peak Popularity: Zakhar isn’t a very popular name in the United States.

Fun fact: Zakhar is the Russian form of the name Zechariah.

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Top Russian Names

Mila

  • Origin:

    Slavic, Russian
  • Meaning:

    "gracious; dear"
  • Description:

    Mila is a given name with Russian and Slavic provenance. It began as the diminutive form for names such as Ludmila, Milena, and Milica. Mila can be a nickname for any name containing the element mil, meaning "gracious" or "dear."

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Natalia

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "birthday [of the Lord]"
  • Description:

    Natalia was derived from the Latin word natalis, meaning “birthday.” It refers to the birthday of Jesus Christ, and thus originated as a name for girls born on Christmas Day. Related forms include the French Natalie, Portuguese Natalina, and Russian diminutive Natasha.

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Ivan

  • Origin:

    Russian variation of John
  • Meaning:

    "God is gracious"
  • Description:

    Though some might find it a bit heavy-booted, Ivan is one of the few Russian boys' names to become fully accepted into the American naming pool.

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Anastasia

  • Origin:

    Greek, feminine variation of Anastasios
  • Meaning:

    "resurrection"
  • Description:

    Anastasia is the feminine form on Anastasius, a Greek name derived from the word anastasis, meaning "resurrection." It was a common name among early Christians, who often gave it to daughters born around Christmas or Easter. There are handful of saints named Anastasia, including the patron saint of weavers.

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Vera

  • Origin:

    Russian
  • Meaning:

    "faith"
  • Description:

    Vera was the height of fashion in , then was for a long time difficult to picture embroidered on a baby blanket. Now, though, it has come back into style along with other old-fashioned simple names such as Ada and Iris.

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Angela

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "angel"
  • Description:

    Angela was a Top 10 name from to , the fifth most popular name for three years, and staying in the double digits until the turn of the 21st century. Today, though, Angelina or Angelica would be more fashionable options.

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Damien

  • Origin:

    French from Greek
  • Meaning:

    "to tame, subdue"
  • Description:

    Converting Damian to Damien – or Julian to Julien or Lucian to Lucien – adds a certain je ne sais quoi to names. But most people in English speaking areas will still pronounce this the same as the -an ending form. The French pronunciation is more like "dah-mee-u(n)".

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Lia

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Leah
  • Description:

    Used throughout Europe and in Hawaii, Lia sounds just like its mother name Leah, but looks particularly pretty on paper.

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Angelina

  • Origin:

    Greek, Italian, Spanish, Russian diminutive of Angela
  • Meaning:

    "angel"
  • Description:

    The gorgeous Angelina Jolie has promoted the star power of her name and changed Angelina's image from delicate to intense, from older Italian mama to stylish multi-cultural child. Kids might relate to the dancing mouse in the series of charming children's books, Angelina Ballerina, or to the Harry Potter character, Angelina Johnson Weasley, a member of Dumbledore's army.

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Nina

  • Origin:

    Short form of names that end in -nina
  • Description:

    Nina is as multiethnic as you can get: Nina is a common nickname name in Spain and Russia, a Babylonian goddess of the oceans, and an Incan goddess of fire. Here and now, it's a stylish possibility that's been underused. "Weird Al" Yankovic chose this decidedly nonweird name for his daughter.

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Kira

  • Origin:

    Russian feminine variation of Cyrus
  • Meaning:

    "throne"
  • Description:

    Though such cognates of Kira as Keira, Kyra, and Ciara are evermore popular throughout Europe and in the U.S., this Cyrus relative has a different root. Variations include Keera, Kiera, Kierra, Kirah, Kiri, Kiria, Kiriah, Kiro, Kirra, Kirrah, Kirri, Kirya, and Kyra.

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Nadia

  • Origin:

    Russian, Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "hope; tender, delicate"
  • Description:

    Nadia, an accessible Slavic favorite, has a strong run of popularity in the US in the early s, partially thanks to the character on Lost called Nadia but actually named Noor, but it's since slumped down the rankings. An earlier inspiration was Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci, who won the Olympics.

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Nikolai

  • Origin:

    Russian variation of Nicholas
  • Description:

    Russian forms, like Russian supermodels, are hot these days. This is a strong, worldly way to make Nicholas new; it was chosen for his son by Barry Bonds, Jr.

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Angelica

  • Origin:

    Italian, Polish, Russian diminutive of Angela
  • Meaning:

    "angel or angelic"
  • Description:

    Angelica is by far the choicest form of the angelic names -- more delicate than Angelina, more feminine than Angel, more modern than Angela. But though Angelica is so lacy and poetic, it lags behind the bolder Angelina (probably for obvious reasons).

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Ivanna

  • Origin:

    Feminine of Ivan, which is itself a variation of John
  • Description:

    Ivanna / Ivana both come out of the name "John" by way of the Russian variant Ivan. Whereas Joanna feels dated, Ivanna feels cosmopolitan and fresh. Ivanka (of Trump fame) is a diminutive version of Ivanna.

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Sasha

  • Origin:

    Russian, diminutive of Greek Alexander
  • Meaning:

    "defending men"
  • Description:

    Sasha, largely male in Russia--and also spelled Sascha and Sacha--is an energetic name that has really taken off for girls here, chosen by Jerry Seinfeld (using the alternate Sascha spelling) and other celebs. The Barack Obamas use it as the nickname for their younger daughter, whose proper name is Natasha. But in line with a trend toward softer-sounding boys' names like Asher and Joshua and thanks to Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen, Sasha also still has life as a boys' name too--it's popular in France for boys and girls almost equally.

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Karina

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian, German, Polish, and Russian variation of Carina
  • Description:

    This sweet and loving name, favored in recent years by a mix of Hispanic-American parents and Bob Dylan fans, was chosen for her daughter by TV actress Melina Kanakaredes.

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Anya

  • Origin:

    Russian diminutive of Anna
  • Meaning:

    "grace"
  • Description:

    Anya is a Russian variation of Anna, which came from the Hebrew name Hannah. Anya is the form found most frequently in Russia, Poland, and other East European countries, while Anja is the spelling usually preferred in Germany Norway, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, and The Netherlands. In the Hungarian language, Anya also means mother.

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Zariyah

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "scattering wind"
  • Description:

    Zariyah has several possible origins: the Arabic Zahrah which means "flower" or Zariya "scattering wind"; the Hebrew name Azariah, meaning "God has helped"; or the Russian word Zaria which means "sunrise, dawn."

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Lara

  • Origin:

    Russian, diminutive of Larissa or Larisa
  • Meaning:

    "citadel"
  • Description:

    This is an alternative to Laura or Lauren made romantic by Dr Zhivago, and badass by video-game heroine Lara Croft.

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Valentin

  • Origin:

    French, German, Russian, Czech, Scandinavian variation of Valentine
  • Meaning:

    "strength, health"
  • Description:

    Romantic name used throughout Europe, though sure to lead to pronunciation problems here. Though it's never been too widely used in the US, it's quite popular in Switzerland, France, Austria, and Romania.

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Annika

  • Origin:

    Swedish diminutive of Anna
  • Meaning:

    "grace"
  • Description:

    Annika is a surprise hit of recent years, inspired by golfer Sorenstam; for Trekkies, it was also the name of a 'Star Trek:Voyager' character. Some people's first memory of it might be as Pippi Longstocking's friend. A nice namesake for an ancestral Ann.

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Zoya

  • Origin:

    Russian and Greek variation of Zoe
  • Description:

    Now that Zoe is getting wildly popular in the U.S. and the U.K. -- one poll puts it at number one in Wales -- parents may start hunting down fresh twists like this.

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Nataly

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Natalie
  • Description:

    This version of the popular name ranks in the middle of its sisters—Natalie and Nathalie sit higher up the US Top , while Nathaly sits slightly lower. While adding a y is a trendy choice these days, it will most likely create unnecessary spelling errors.

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Natasha

  • Origin:

    Russian diminutive of Natalya
  • Meaning:

    "birthday of the Lord"
  • Description:

    Natasha, an appealing, still unusual name, entered the American mainstream post-Cold War but seems to have peaked in the eighties, replaced by the more straightforward Natalie. As is common for Natashas the world over, the Obamas shorten their Natasha's name to Sasha.

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