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The Most Unusual Names of the Russians
December 19, 2014 12:50


The Moscow Civil Registry Office has reported about the most unusual names registered in Moscow since 1998. Thus, Russian boys got lots of strange names, such as Dmitri-Amethyst, Matvei Rainbow, Nikolay-Nikita-Neil, Count, Gift, Ivan-Kolovrat, Mercury, Kantogor-Egor, March, Christamrirados, Prince, Cosmos, Angel, Wind, Will, Dolphine, Yaroslav-Lyutobor, Ilya Bogodar (i.e. God’s Gift), Casper Prescious, Arkhip Urals, Eremey Pokrovitel (i.e. Patron), Kit (translated from Russian as Whale), Luka Happiness, Summerset Ocean, Monono Nikita, Ogneslav (i.e. Fire Glory), Buddha-Alexander, Gospodin (i.e. Lord), Mir (i.e. Peace), etc. 

 
Girls were given uncommon names as follows: Uslada (i.e. Sweet Delight), Polina-Polina, Goluba (i.e. Dove), April, Cherry, India, Princess Daniella, Rossiyana, Russia, Zarya-Zaryanitsa (i.e. Day-Dawn), Luna (i.e. Moon), Lyalya (i.e. Baby Girl), Angel Maria, Lunalika (Moon-faced), Princess Angelina, Oceana, Radost (i.e. Joy), Alyona Floret, Dolphina, Lisa (i.e. Fox), Radostina (Girl of Joy), Sofia Sun, etc. 
 
From one to 12 non-standard names are registered every year. Most often an exotic name expects a baby in the family, where one of the parents is a foreigner.
 
Dwellers of the Moscow area are less inventive as regards non-standard names. Thus, according to the Civil Registry Office’ statistics of the last three years across the Moscow Region, boys were named: Anikey, Ion, Yermak, Lukiliann, Joán, Altair, Andre, Prince, Yaqub, Jason, Julius, Daniel, etc. As for girls, they were named: Zemfira, Cassandra, Esther, Zabava (old-Russian name meaning Jolly), Kupava (old Russian name that means Globeflower), Ustina, Avdotya, Consuello, Beryoza (i.e. Birchtree), Cassiopeia, Madonna, Roksolana, Malina (i.e. Raspberry), Mercedes, and Bagir.
 
The Civil Registry Office of the Korolev Town in the Moscow Region registered the unusual name of Viagra. The baby’s happy parents - the driver Nikolay and the housewife Anastasia - explain their choice with three reasons. First of all is the beauty and originality of the name, secondly, the long-awaited conception was promoted by the same-name medicine, and thirdly is their long love of the VIA GRA pop music band. 
 

In recent three years Russian Registry Offices have registered a few very quaint names, such as Zhuzha, Tulip, Lettuce, Millionaire, and Air Traffic Controler. 
By the way, foreigners also enjoy inventing names. Thus, according to the American Pension Fund, hundreds and thousands of children are given unusual names in the USA every year: Eros, Charisma, Lantselot, Lexus, Fantasy and even Messiah. For instance, more than 1 000 Messiahs have been registered in the recent two years. 
 
However, psychologists claim that children with outlandish names tend to have an array of problems in adult life. It is especially true if associations provoked by an unusual name are not in tune with one’s personal qualities. After all, the more unusual the name is, the more attention it draws. It is possible to change one’s name through the Registry Office with parents’ permission. A person of the age of legal majority, i. e. 18, can do it irrespective of parents’ wish. 
 
It was a fashion in the Soviet Russia after the October Revolution to give the most unimaginable names to children. The Russian Forenames Dictionary by Nikandr Petrovsky records the following popular names of the epoch: Electrification, Revolution, Decree, Bow, Tractor, Algebrina, Turbin, Diesel, etc. Girls happened to be named Dazdraperma (which is acronym from the slogan Long Live The First of May), Revdit (i.e. Kid of Revolution), Pofistal (i.e. Winner of Fascism Joseph Stalin) and even Perkosrak (i.e. 1st Space Rocket).
 
Among those strange revolutionary names there were those, which later became normal and for a long time were given to kids. Thus, for example, Vladlen (i.e. abbreviation of Vladimir Lenin), Ninel (same as Lenin, only back to front), and Kim (acronym for Communistic International of Youth).
 

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Sources: http://www.rg.ru 


Author: Vera Ivanova

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