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Rare, rustic, and beautiful, Russian girl names are unchartered territory for many. Russia is a melting pot of cultures thanks to its vast borders stretching from Europe to Asia, and its names are no different. These northern stunners are relatively rare, but we’re rooting for them to pick up steam with parents. They have heaps of elegance and excitement, and they deserve more attention than they get. Let’s venture north and get to know these beauties better.
Russian girl names are hardly popular, with the most common one stateside a diminutive of Alexander — Sasha. Zasha is her quirky counterpart, and we’d love to see her more often, as she seems like a fun alternative to Zoe. Alena and Tatiana are occasionally seen in the U.S. too, and we adore them both. Alena is modern and pleasing in sound, while Tatiana is not only melodic but also a great source of cute nicknames like Tati and Tiana.
Grandness is a common theme among Russian girl names, with long monikers plentiful. Ksenia and Melora have beauty and style for days, and we can see them catching on in the U.S. with a little exposure. Anoushka and Petrushka fit the bill as well, and their -ushka suffix is downright adorable. It’s a term of endearment in Russian and gives these lengthy monikers a hidden cutesy side for life.
If shorter names are more your style, you have many options too. Nada and Nadie are our highlights here, as they are strikingly similar to the mega-popular Ava and Sadie. Yeva has a zest and charisma, and we can see her ruling playground games beside Remi and Eva. Other contenders are Inna and Vasha, two picks with boundary-breaking potential.
Meanings can make a Russian girl name sing, too, with Yelena’s “shining light” bright as can be. With the popularity of Elena and Selena, we don’t see why she hasn’t caught on yet. Sanya’s “to dream” is right at home on a little girl with the world as her oyster, while Liubov’s “love” is sweet. You can go for strength with Bronya’s “protection” or Sezja’s “protector.” There’s also Nanja, whose meaning of “hope” knows no limits. Choosing something dainty is a breeze as well, with Anfisa’s “flowering” fit for any little princess.
Russia has a long history of religious influence with ornate churches dotting the landscape, and Russian girl names are no different. There’s Oksana, a recognizable pick meaning “praise God.” We love her styling and can see room for her on the charts, especially with her beautiful -ana ending. You can pay homage to your religion with Tasenka’s “resurrection,” too, and we think her nickname Tasi is downright adorable. If you want something a little less obvious, try out Tanazia. This gorgeous name means “eternal life,” which is just as spiritual without the heavy overtones.
Browse our list of Russian girl names that are as diverse and beautiful as the country itself. You never know what stunner you’ll find next. Perhaps your dream name is among them.