Russian names can be confusing! If you spend time with Russians, read Russian literature, or watch Russian films, you may be boggled by how many names one person can be called. For example, you may know your friend's name is Alexandra, but her friends call her “Sasha” and her mother calls her “Sashenka.” You may call your Russian-born professor Dr. Tolstoy, but when you hear other Russians address him, they call him “Boris Stepanovich.”
Learn about Russian names - nicknames, patronymics, and family names so you know what to call who and when you should do so.
01 of 04Did you know that Vova and Vladimir is the same person? How about Sasha and Alexandra? The same person, too!
Russian first names are often shortened to a short form or a diminutive. Sometimes these names sound nothing like the names from which they were derived! Learn about Russian nicknames and diminutive forms of Russian first names.
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Russian Family Names and Last NamesRussian last names are similar to last names in English, but there are male forms and female forms of Russian last names. Learn to recognize and use both forms of Russian last names.
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