Russian baby names are rich with tonal quality as well as interesting meanings. Learning a little about the fundamentals of these designations may inspire you to choose one for your newborn.
Russian Naming Traditions
Various cultures have different traditions when it comes to naming babies, but each tradition is significant and meaningful. Russian names for babies are no exception, and the cultural significance of each name begins with the organization of an individual's designation.
Naming traditions in Russia include three names for each individual: a first name, patronymic name and a surname. The surname is handed down from one generation to the next, as do surnames in many other cultures. The first name is also referred to as the baby's given name, and the patronymic name is a derivative of the father's first name.
Parents name their babies soon after birth. Russian law allows children to change their first names when they have reached maturity. Russian first names have different forms that are used during various situations.
- The full form is formal and is appropriate for official documents.
- The short form is familiar and used by family and close friends.
- The affectionate form is typically used by grandparents and parents.
- The rude form is an uncouth derivative of the name.
|Mikhail||Misha||Mishunya or Mishenka||Mishka|
Russian tradition does not present middle names as some other cultures do. As the name suggests, patronymic names are derivatives of the father's name. Parents add endings to the baby's name, depending on the infant's gender. Each gender has two possible endings.
For example, a father named Mikhail could have children with the following patronymic names:
First and patronymic names are appropriate in formal situations. For example, a physician would use the patient's first and patronymic name when addressing him, and a niece would address her aunt using the name combination.
Baby Names from Russia
Selecting a Russian baby name for your new arrival can be challenging when you consider the many options available. The following charts contain first Russian baby names in their full and short forms. A comprehensive list of Russian names is available in the Dictionary of Russian Period Names.