Some Russian names were products of their time. This Russian surname refers to ‘extremely bitter’. However, many people continued to secretly name their children the ancient way. You can revoke your consent at any time by changing your browser settings and deleting the cookies stored. They traced their roots to a Mongolian man who was in Russia during the Mongol Yoke. Originally, feudal lords who had lots of lands used to have surnames. ONISIM (Онисим): Russian form of Greek Onesimos, meaning “Profitable, Useful.”, 95. By Jerome London Updated June 19, 2018. These usually reflected the new communist ideals, for example, Борец (baRYETS)—"fighter," Идея (eeDYEya)—"idea," or Победа (paBYEda)—"victory." This Russian family name is derived from Alexey, which refers to ‘Defender’ and is of Greek origin. Orlenda: Female name meaning “Eagle.”, 110. MELOR (Мэлор): Modern Russian name composed of the first letter of each of the following: Marx, Engels, Lenin, October, Revolution. German First Names and Their English Equivalents, The Meanings and Origins of Spanish Surnames, The History of Popular German Last Names (Nachnamen), Russian Folklore: Baba Yaga as a Symbol of Mother Nature, A List of Common German Names for Boys and Girls, 50 Most Common Danish Last Names and Their Meanings, The Significance of the Color Red in Russian Culture, Russian equivalent of Irina, meaning Peace (Greek), Russian equivalent of Elizabeth, meaning "My God is an oath" (Hebrew), Russian form of Appolinaria, meaning of Apollo (Greek), M.F.A., Creative Writing, Manchester Metropolitan University, Diploma in Translation (IoLet Level 7, Russian), Chartered Institute of Linguists. LYOV: Variant spelling of Russian Lev, meaning “Lion.”, 73. Design by LatInSoft. 0. This is a patronymic surname meaning ‘Son of Abdul’. The badass name honoring James Dean, is perfect as the first name of a tough boy. KOLODA (Колода): Russian name meaning “Log.”, 57. Yelena: Female Russian a form of Helen, Jelena meaning “Wicker, Light” 120. Vasiliev has different meanings, one being a derivation of the word Basil, the leafy herb. 30. Vladimir: Male Russian name meaning “Ruler of the world.” 118. Dmitry Sovyak. MITROFAN (Мітрафан): Russian form of Greek                        Metrophanes, meaning “Mother-appearing,” probably in the sense “Resembles the mother.”, 87. Petr also was one of Christ’s apostles, the founder of the Christian Church, and he was considered as a strong patron for a person. NINA: Short form of Russian Annina, meaning “Favor; Grace.” Compare with other forms of Nina. It is originated from the term ‘Chugun’ referring to ‘Cast-iron’ or ‘Pig-iron’. From Galileo Galilei to Leonardo Da Vinci to Cristoforo Colombo (who is perhaps best known as the Americanized version of his name, Christopher Colombus), history is full of Italian pioneers with surnames that match their level of prominence in the Western world. Did you know that “Putin” means “one who travels along the road” and “Stalin” means “made of steel”? It is also the surname of a noble family in Russia. That’s for you to decide. Yumaguzin V.V., Vinnik M.V. KOSTYA (Костя): Pet form of Russian Konstantin, meaning “Steadfast.”, 62. KOLODKA (Колодка): Diminutive form of Russian Koloda (“log”), hence “Little log.”, 58. This Russian family name refers to the ‘Son of Rabbi’. KATERINA: Short form of Russian Ekaterina meaning “Pure.”, 8. Yes, yes, this is the Viagra. In this post, MomJunction has compiled a list of 100 Russian last names, along with their origins and meanings. PRASKOVIYA (Параскева): Russian form of Greek Paraskeve, meaning “Preparation.”, 38. The usual alphabet of the Russian language which is the Cyrillic alphabet is what  Russian names are normally written in. OLGA (Ольга): Feminine form of Russian Oleg, meaning “Dedicated to the gods; Holy.”, 32. And the most surprising of all Russian names: 28. PELAGEYA (Пелагея): Russian form of Greek Pelagia, meaning “of the sea.”, 36. It is believed that the "ich" ending last names originated from northern Belarus and southwestern Russia. Ancient Slavs believed in bad spirits and names reflected that, too, with many names meaning "ugly one"(Некрас - nyKRAS), "mean one" (Злоб - zlop), or "unlucky one" (Неустрой - nyeoosTROY). ARINA (Арина): Variant spelling of Russian Irina, meaning “Peace.”, 22. Some parents used to love to give their children the name after this beautiful bird. and Yekaterina, meaning “Pure.”, 7. KUZMA (Кузьма): Russian form of Greek Kosmos, meaning “Beauty, Order.”, 63. OVDOTIA: Variant spelling of Russian Ovdotya, meaning “Good-seeming.”, 34. SERAFIMA (Серафима): Feminine form of Russian Serafim, meaning “Burning one” or “Serpent.”, 47. It is thought to have appeared in peasant families that had many children and considered having a child who was quiet and calm to be a blessing.