Such names as Sofia, Anastasiya, Darya, Polina, Elizaveta, Ksenya, and Alyona are the first ones in the ranking of the most popular Russian female names. You can see these names among all the registered new-born girls according to the statistics. Modern Russian female names origin for the most part from Slavic, Greek, Jewish, Latin and German ones. Nowadays some ancient Slavic names like Miroslava, Arina and Milana are popular too.
The name Sofia means “wisdom” and “wise” in translation from ancient Greek. This name came to Russia along with adoption Orthodoxy. Initially it was only used in the aristocratic circles. It was the name of Ivan III’s wife, a Russian tsarevna and two empresses. The pet name Sonya became an independent name. In Christianity Sofia is considered to be a mother of three daughters who are Vera, Nadezhda and Lubov (“faith”, “hope”, and “love”). Sofia is an energetic and sensitive girl who is anxious to have time to do and know everything. In 2014 and 2015 most parents all around the world gave this name to their newborn girls.
The female form of a male Greek name Anastasiy which is Anastasiya comes from ancient Greek one and means “resurrection”. This name was popular among first Christians. In Russia girls get this name in honour of Saint Anastasiya who was a Roman. It was popular among peasants as well as aristocrats. Nastya has a strong-willed character. She is an obedient child. Anastasiya is a cautious person. Her flaws are coldness and laziness. She has good analytical skills.
The name Darya has ancient Greek roots and origins from the male name Darios. Darya can be translated from ancient Greek as “good owner”. In per-revolutionary Russia it was mostly popular among peasants and merchants. The patron of the women whose name is Darya is the great martyr Daria Roman. Daria is a sensitive and a little infantile person. She adapts to any life situation easily. You can rarely see her being in the dumps since she is mentally flexible. Darya is impulsive, capricious, vulnerable but easy-going and kind at the same time.
Polina is a short form of the Greek name Apollinaria which is a version of the male name Apollina-riy. So the name originated from the name of the ancient Sun Greek God and means “sunny” or “dedicated to Apollo”. Polina makes decisions quickly. She is extremely energetic, sociable and charming. Polina is so even-tempered that sometimes she seems to be irresponsive. Her main flaw is straightforwardness. She has an explosive temper. Polina is not a sentimentalist. She is a realist.
The name Elizaveta originated from an ancient Jewish one and literally means “My God is a vow”. Back in the day this name was considered to be royal. Russian Empress, Peter the Great’s daughter, bore this name. Capricious, imperious, adamant and self-enamoured Liza often feels underestimated and as a consequence conflicts and does crazy things. Elizaveta is stubborn, jealous, and boastful. She is an introvert. You should remember that a girl whose name is Liza is as cunning as a fox. She can manipulate you. Liza always wears an invisible crown and doesn’t fall under somebody’s influence.
The name Ksenya originated from the Greek one and can be translated as a “foreigner” or a “guest”. This name appeared in Russian in about the Xth century. For the most part, nobles’ daughters for example Boris Godunov’s, Ivan Grozniy’s ones bore this name. The patron of all Ksenyas is Ksenya “God’s fool” (Petersburgskaya). She made this name famous. Ksenya is a confident and independent woman. It’s hard to argue with her because she stands her ground firmly.
There are different versions of origin of the name Alyona. According to one of them, this name is a people’s, not church variant of the name Elena. It began being used by itself in the last decades of the XXth century. Alyona has her own opinion on everything since childhood. Alyona is a man of moods. If you hurt her, she becomes unsociable. Alyona is frank and strong. She needs changes so she likes travelling. She can manipulate people but she does it unconsciously.
Miroslava is an ancient Slavic name which has been known since Kievan Russia. This name is a female version of the male name Miroslav. Miroslava means “glorifying peace”. Nowadays this name is becoming popular again. There is no name Miroslava in the Orthodox Russian calender since there is no tradition in Russia to baptize women giving them male names and vice versa. Mira has a bad temper. She has an indomitable spirit. One of the worst traits of her character is a habit to criticize everyone and everything. Miroslava has a sixth sense. She is independent and full of energy and enthusiasm.
Arina is an archaic form of addressing to Irina which you can translate from Greek as “peace” and “rest”. The name Irina was common in Russia in the Middle Ages. There are plenty of proverbs in which this name is used. The common people pronounced the name Irina as Arina. It was addressing Arina not Irina which peasants and merchants in the XVIIIth century used. Arina is independent and wants to do everything by yourself. She is very shrewd. Arina knows what she wants and goes towards her aim.
The name Milana is Slavic. Milana has a strong personality. Spontaneity and reverie at the same time is her nature. She can be shy because of an inferiority feeling. This woman has a communication problem. She has an inquiring mind and can find an unusual approach to solve a problem. Milana tends to complicate things. She is strong and ambitious. She likes to communicate in a narrow social circle. Milana is an enigma which makes her attractive. At first she is charming but suddenly can become uncooperative without explaining any reasons.