What are some common Russian last names
There was no such thing as a surname on the ancient Russian land. That seemed in old chronicles like Russian surnames had a different meaning. For instance, Ivan Petrov meant that Ivan was Petr’s son. All Russian last names have a root and an additional particle. The root always has a lexical meaning.
Ivanov is initially an patronymic formed from the name Ivan which is a version of the name Ioann (John). Ivanov is originally a Russian surname since the name Ivan has been used for some centuries. This name was popular among peasants.
There are a few thousands Ivanovs in the Russian capital. There are also Ivans Ivanoviches among them. The absence of this surname in some regions is connected with using the name Ivan in other forms the patronymics from which became the progenitors of the surnames such as Ivin.
Peasants who had a large family used to breathe a sigh of relief if quiet children were born. That quiet a rare quality was embodied in the name Smirnoy. Smirnovs came from Smirnyh. The surname Smirnov is the ninth one on the list of the most common surnames in the world. In Russia most of the people who has such a surname lives in Volga region and in the central parts of Russia.
It’s easy to guess that the surname Kuznetsov (a form from “backsmith”) came from a man’s form of activity. In ancient times a blacksmith was quite a respected person and a man of means. This surname comes from naming of a father according to his occupation. A blacksmith used to be a necessary and famous man in his settlement so this last name was common. The surnames in which a word stem means “kuznets” (a blacksmith) are common among other peoples.
Initially Popov meant “a priest’s son” (a priest is a “pop” in Russian). But not all Popovs or Popkovs are descendants of priests. Pop or Popko as a first name was quite common among laypeople. Pious parents named their children Popili or Popko with pleasure. Sometimes a priest’s day labourer got this surname.
Researchers suppose that this surname was spread in the north of Russia because the elections of clergy including priests were held among inhabitants there.
The male baptismal name Vasiliy goes back to the Greek word basileus which means a “lord, tsar”. Basically the upper ten, nobility and families which were authoritative in their region (neibours say the full names of their representatives respectfully) had the surnames made up from the full form of the name Vasiliy.
People originated from other classes as a rule were called by familiar variants of their first names, derivative and everyday names. Some Vasilievs are of good birth. Some noble families (the Vasilievs) are known in the Russian history.