There are several lists of the most common last names. We will use the list of Russian family names by Anatoly Zhuravlev — in our opinion, it the most modern and has the largest coverage. Family names are arranged from the most common to the least common. The family name Ivanov is common in major Russian regional centers, and especially in the North-West of Russia. The last name Popovpoints directly to the occupation of the father — pope priest. In Russian Orthodox Church priests are allowed to marry and have children, in contrast to Catholics.
Elena is the most popular female name in Russia nowadays. But this is just one of the multiple options. A rather international name the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and other European countries have their own Alexanders , this one has Greek origins but is, without a doubt, the most dominant name in Russia. Just one example: Three Romanov emperors were named Alexander. The first defeated Napoleon in , the second abolished serfdom in and the third managed to keep Russia out of any wars throughout his thirteen-year long reign.
The largest country in the world, Russia is a fusion of ballet, vodka, caviar and lots of red color. The nation of hammer and sickle brings in naming tradition with a revolutionary touch! With almost million people and Moscow as the capital, Russia has always had a complicated history.
The page is dedicated to Russian female names. It includes the original form of the name used mostly in official situations along with the patronymic and surname , as well as the short form, the diminutive, and the familiar forms which are much more informal, used among friends and foes. The stressed vowels in names are highlighted in red. In addition, you may want to check out a list of Russian names for boys. Russian Conversations.