Gorgeous Russian Baby Names for Boys and Girls

Ella Rain
Contributor: Valorie Delp
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Russian baby first and middle 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.

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.

Russian Boy Names
Full Short
Adrian Adrik
Aleksei Alyosha
Aleksandr Sasha
Anatoliy Tolya
Artyom Tyoma
Bogdan Bogdasha
Boris Borya
Denis Deniska
Dmitriy Dima
Eduard Edik
Evgeni Zhenya
Filipp Filya
Fyodor Fedya
Gennadiy Gena
Georgiy Gosha
Grigoriy Grisha
Innokentiy Kesha
Ivan Vanya
Konstantin Kostya
Kostya Kotik
Leonid Lyonya
Lev Lyova
Maksim Maks
Mark Marik
Mikhail Misha
Nikolai Kolya
Oleg Olezka
Pavel Pasha
Rodion Rodya
Roman Roma
Sergei Seryozha
Stanislav Stas
Stepan Styopa
Svyatoslav Slava
Timofei Tima
Tomas Foma
Vadim Vadik
Valentin Valya
Vasiliy Vasya
Viktor Vitya
Vladimir Vova
Vladislav Vlad
Vyacheslav Slava
Yakov Yasha
Yaroslav Yarik
Yefim Fima
Yegor Gorya
Yevgeniy Zhenya
Yuriy Yura
Zivon Ziv

These names and their short forms are perfect for baby girls.

Russian Girl Names
Full Short
Agnessa Nessa
Aleksandra Sasha
Alla Allochka
Alonya Alonka
Anastasiya Nastya
Anna Anya
Antonina Tonya
Anzhelika Anzhela
Avdotya Dunyasha
Clavdia Clasha
Dariya Dasha
Doroteya Dasya
Galina Galya
Irina Ira
Klavdiya Klava
Kseniya Ksenya
Larisa Lara
Lidiya Lida
Liliya Lilya
Lyubov Lyuba
Margarita Rita
Mariya Masha
Matrona Motya
Nadezhda Nadya
Nataliya Natasha
Nelli Nellya
Nikita Kita
Oksana Ksyusha
Ol'ga Olya
Pyotr Petya
Polina Polya
Raisa Raya
Rozaliya Roza
Stanislava Stasya
Svetlana Lana
Tamara Toma
Tatiyana Tanya
Valentina Valya
Valeriya Lera
Veronika Vera
Viktoriya Vika
Yekaterina Katya
Yelena (Elena) Lena
Yelizaveta Liza
Yevdokiya Dunya
Yevgeniya Zhenya
Vera Verochka
Vladislava Lada
Yuliya (Yulia) Yulya
Zhanna Zhanochka
Zinaida Zina

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.

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First, Middle, and Last Names

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 are the surnames in many other cultures. The first name is also referred to as the baby's given name. However, the patronymic name is a derivative of the father's first name.

First Names

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.
Forms of Mikhail
Full Short Affectionate Rude
Mikhail Misha Mishunya or Mishenka Mishka

Patronymic Names in Place of Middle Names

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.

  • Boys
    • evich
    • ovich
  • Girls
    • evna
    • ovna

The following are some examples of patronymic names for boys and girls:

Father's Name Boys' Patronymic Names Girls' Patronymic Names
Mikhail Mikhailevich, Michailovich Mikhailevna, Mikhailovna
Ivan Ivanevich, Ivanovich Ivanevna, Ivanovna
Vladimir Vladimirevich, Vladimirovich Vladimirevna, Vladimirovna
Oleg Olegevich, Olegovich Olegevna, Olegovna
Aleksandr Aleksandrevich, Aleksandrovich Aleksandrevna, Aleksandrovna

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.

Beautiful Russian Names

If you want to pay homage to your Russian heritage, a Russian name is really the way to go. With that said, Russian names are so beautiful and unique, you may want to give your baby a strong Russian name anyway - even if you're not Russian!

Gorgeous Russian Baby Names for Boys and Girls