Russian names

Name In Russian Meaning in English
Alena / Alyona Алёна The name Elena (folk Alyona) is of the Old Greek origin. It is supposed to be derived from the word “helenos” which means light. The initial form is Selena, the Old Greek word denoting the moon. The meaning of a name is: sunny, light, torch, elected, shining. Its ancient form – Selena- creates the lyrical image of the ideal femininity, exquisite and flexible, mysterious and weak, sensual but not really deep. Selena is shining brightly with all her eternal beauty. Her emotional characteristics are merely perfect.
Alina Алина The girl's name Alina is of Greek origin, and its meaning is "light".
Alisa Алиса It is of Hebrew origin, and its meaning is "great happiness".
Alla Алла Alla means “a letter” (from Old Arabic), “resurrection” (from Old Greek), “another, other” (from Gothic). The name is supposed to be of Germanic origin, but the exact meaning is still rather doubtful.
Alexandra Александра Aleksandra is a feminine variant of the Greek name Alexander. It means: people’s defender, courageous, courageous defend, trustworthy. It’s a nice and smooth name. Mighty and powerful sound-shape of the name creates the image of a respectable and independent lady. She is all dignity and significance, administrative authority and adherence to principles that are the result of her inner potential.
Anastasia / Nastia Анастасия The name Anastasia (col. Nastasia, Nastasya, Anastaseya, Nastaseya) is a feminine variant of the masculine name Anastasy (Anastas). It derives from the Old Greek “anastas” which means rose from the dead, resurrected; the word comes from the Indo-European root “sta” – to stand. It means: resurrection, returned to life, rose from the dead, rising from the dead. Initially it had the meaning of removal. It’s a lovely name that harmoniously combines delicacy and reliability, naivety and lightness.
Aleksandra / Sasha Александра Aleksandra is a feminine variant of the Greek name Alexander. It means: people’s defender, courageous, courageous defend, trustworthy. It’s a nice and smooth name. Mighty and powerful sound-shape of the name creates the image of a respectable and independent lady. She is all dignity and significance, administrative authority and adherence to principles that are the result of her inner potential.
Angela / Anjela / Anzhela Анжела It is of Greek origin, and its meaning is "messenger; messenger of God". From Church Latin, a feminine form of the boy's name Angelus. The older feminine form Angelis has been replaced by Angela, which became popular in Britain and America from the 18th century. The word "angel" is also used as an affectionate term for a good (or pretty) girl. Angie is the pet form; Aingeal is the Irish Gaelic version. Actresses Angela Lansbury, Angelis Dickinson, Angela Bassett, Angelina Jolie, Angie Harmon.
Anna / Anya Анна The name is of the Old Jewish origin. It means: abundance, gracious, lovely, and graceful.
Galina / Galya Галина The name Galina is of Old Greek origin (galene) and means calm, clearness, silence, gentleness, calm weather.
Ekaterina / Yekaterina / Katya / Katerina Екатерина The name Yekaterina (Catherine) derived from the Greek word “katarios” which means “pure, virgin”. The word “katarsis” - purification – is of the same root. The initial letter “e” is usually omitted according to the western way of spelling: Catherine, Catharine. There’s even a masculine Catholic name Catharin. The name has the meaning of pure, virgin, and true.
Elena / Lena / Yelena Елена The name Elena (folk Alyona) is of the Old Greek origin. It is supposed to be derived from the word “helenos” which means light. The initial form is Selena, the Old Greek word denoting the moon. The meaning of a name is: sunny, light, torch, elected, shining. Its ancient form – Selena- creates the lyrical image of the ideal femininity, exquisite and flexible, mysterious and weak, sensual but not really deep. Selena is shining brightly with all her eternal beauty. Her emotional characteristics are merely perfect.
Evgenya / Yevgenia / Zhenya Евгения The name Evgenia is a feminine form of a masculine Evgene derived from the Old Greek “evgenes” which means noble. The name Gennady is of the same root. It has the meaning of “noble”. The sound shape of the name creates the image of a light, flexible and soaring stream of air or a meandering river that dwindles round the bend. It’s a reliable, ardent, gentle and beautiful name.
Inna Инна The name Inna, which is of Gothic, Greek, Latin or Old Germanic origin, means "heavy water". It’s a masculine name actually, however nowadays it is used as a feminine one together with Rimma and Pinna.
Irina / Ira Ирина The name Irina (folk. Arina, Orina) derives from the Old Greek words, which mean peace and tranquility.
Yulia / Julia / Yulia Юлия The women name Julia (old Iulia) is a Roman family name. Another version relates it with the feminine variant of the masculine name Julius that derived from a Latin word which means “curly, fluffy”, “a sheaf”. The name Julia means curly, wavy, fluffy, born in July.
Ksenia Ксения The name Ksenia (folk. Axinya, Oksana, colloq. Xenya) presumably derives from the Greek word "xenia" which means stranger. There’s also another theory that relates the name Xenia with the Greek name Polyxena which means hospitable.
Larisa / Larissa Лариса The name Larisa (more seldom Larissa) derives from the Old Greek town name Larissa. Others consider it is related to the Latin word “larus” or Greek “liarus” which means a seagull. The initial meaning of the word is a gluttonous bird. Another version points the Old Greek word “laros”, which means “sweet, pleasant”, as the initial word. The name Larisa means: a seagull, sweet, pleasant.
Lubov / Lyuba / Liubov Любовь The name Liubov (Old Slav. Liubava, Liubasha) is an Old Russian language borrowing and is a loan translation of the Greek word, which means love. Others believe that it’s the translation of the Greek “Ahapae”. Ahapae is a girl of a legendary martyr family that consisted of Ahapae, Charis (Love). Pistis (Hope) and Elpis (Belief). Love is the dominating point of this triangle. The name Liubov means “love, beloved”.
Ludmila / Lyudmila / Lyuda / Mila Людмила The name Ludmila is a feminine variant of a Slavic name Ludmil which consists of two words "lud"-people-and "mil"- nice, pleasant. The name Ludmil is used quite often in Bulgaria. Lidmila (Slav.) means “pleasant with people”, it derives from the Indo-European root “spreading” and a Latin one that means “freedom”, “obstacle”.
Maria / Masha Мария The name is supposed to be of the Old Jewish origin and means: be against something, deny, be bitter; saint, high and tall, bitter, beloved, obstinate, sad, and persistence, superiority, mistress, lady.
Marina Марина The name Marina is a feminine variant of a rare and ancient name Marin that derives from the Latin word “marinus”, which means “marine, related with the sea”.
Nadezhda / Nadya Надежда The name Nadezhda is an Old Slavic borrowing and is a loan translation of a Greek name Elpis that means hope. Nadezhda comes from the legendary martyr family of the three Christian sisters Ahapae, or Charis (Love), Pystis (Faith) and Elpis (Hope). The Old Russian form of the name is Nadezha. The name Elpis derives from the root that has the meaning of “will” and the Russian word “nadezhda” (hope) is derived from the verb “to act”.
Natalya / Natalia / Natasha Наталья The name Natalia is a feminine name of a rare and ancient name Nataliy that derives from the Latin word “natalis” which means own. It is also related to the words denoting a birthday “dies natalis”. So Natalya means own, native, dear, born again. Another version relates the name with the Old Jewish Natan which means given, granted.
Nina Нина Nina is the name of the nice of the Jerusalem patriarchy Juvenalius who started Christianity in Georgia. It is supposed to be derived from the Greek word “Ninos-Nin” and this is the name of the founder of Assyria. It can be translated from Assyrian as the queen, and from Georgian as gentle and tender.
Oksana / Oxana / Ksyusha Оксана Oksana is a Ukrainian colloquial variant of the name Xenia (Kseniya). Presumably it is of Greek origin and means “stranger, foreigner”.
Olga / Olya Ольга Olga is an Old Russian borrowing from the Scandinavian languages. It derives from the Old Scandinavian name Helga that is a feminine variant of the name Helgi that means “holy, sacred”. The name Olga means “holy, sacred, light”. The mistress of this light and beautiful name is usually a remarkable person. The persistence of the Vikings is concentrated in the name. Perhaps this is the reason of the integrity of Olga’s character.
Svetlana / Sveta Светлана Svetlana (light, pure) is of Slavic origin. It is a feminine variant of a rare name Svetlan (Light). It corresponds to the Greek name Photinia.
Tatyana / Tanya Татьяна The girl name Tatiana originated from the name of a Sabine king Tatius. The Sabine people lived on the hills of Rome before the Romans themselves. Another version relates the name with a Greek word “tattoo”, which means, “to arrange”. The name has the meaning of “mistress, organizer, foundress etc”.
Veronika / Veronica / Vera / Nika Вероника its meaning is "true image". Saint Veronica (17th century) was an Italian mystic and saint. She was said to have offered Jesus a cloth to wipe his face as he faltered on his way to crucifixion. She obtained a miraculous "true image" (in Latin "a vera icon") of Jesus' face on the cloth. Also variant of Bernice (Greek) "bringer of victory". The name first appeared in Britain in the 17th century, and spread beyond Catholic families in the 19th century. Actress Veronica Lake.
Victoria / Victorya / Vika Виктория Victoria is a Latin word which means “victory”; it is derived from the Indo-European root “vik” that means “pressure, power”. The name means: victory, victor, and winner. She is characterized with bright emotionality (Victo-) and sensuality (-ria). It’s a gentle, delicate feminine name.
Yana Яна Means charming
Zhanna Жанна Means God is gracious