Russian Names and their Nicknames

This page will help you to learn the popular Russian Girl's names with their nicknames, pet names and abbreviations. In Russian, the nicknames are just the shorter versions of the full names. The pet names are often used by family and close friends. Still, when seen at first, they could be quite confusing. They work the same way as in English, for example: Michael = Mike, Richard = Rick, Elizabeth = Beth or Liz, etc. If the name you are looking for is not here, let us know. Note: while pronouncing the names stress the underlined vowel (sound). There is also a pronunciation guide for your convenience.

Do you remember Elton John's song Nikita? You wont see that name here because it is actually a man's name. - Sorry to let out your secret Elton! If Nikita writes to you guys, I would be a bit worried if I were you.


Female Names


Name Pronunciation Guide
Aleksandra = Sasha, Shura ah-lek-SAHND-rah = SAH-shah, SHOO-rah
Alina ah-LEE-nah
Alisa ah-LEE-sah
Alla AHL-lah
Alyona ah-LYO-nah
Anastasiya = Nastya ah-nahs-tah-SEE-yah = NAHS-tya
Anna = Anya AHN-nah = AH-nyah
Antonina = Tonya ahn-tah-NEE-nah = TOH-nya
Anzhelika = Anzhela, Lika ahn-zheh-LEE-kah = ahn-ZHEH-lah, LEE-kah
Dariya = Dasha DAHR'-ya = DAH-shah
Dina DEE-nah
Ekaterina see Yekaterina
Elena see Yelena
Elizaveta see Yelizaveta
Evgeniya see Yevgeniya
Galina = Galya gah-LEE-nah = GAH-lya
Inga EEN-gah
Inna EEN-nah
Irina = Ira ee-REE-nah = EE-rah
Klara KLAH-rah
Klavdiya = Klava KLAHV-dee-ya = KLAH-vah
Kseniya = Ksenya, Ksyusha KSYE-nee-yah = KSYE-nya, KSYU-shah
Larisa = Lara lah-REE-sah = LAH-rah
Lidiya = Lida LEE-dee-ya = LEE-dah
Liliya = Lilya LEE-lee-yah = LEE-lya
Lyubov' = Lyuba lyu-BOHV' = LYU-bah
Lyudmila (Ludmila) = Lyuda, Mila lyud-MEE-lah = LYU-dah, MEE-lah
Margarita = Rita mahr-gah-REE-tah = REE-tah
Marina mah-REE-nah
Mariya = Masha mah-REE-ya = MAH-shah
Nadezhda = Nadya nah-DYEZH-dah = NAH-dya
Nataliya = Natasha nah-TAH-l'yah = nah-TAH-shah
Nelli = Nellya NEHL-lee = NEHL-lya
Nina NEE-nah
Oksana = Ksyusha, Kseniya ahk-SAH-nah = KSYU-shah, KSYE-nee-ya
Ol'ga = Olya OHL'-gah = OH-lyah
Olesya ah-LYE-syah
Polina = Polya pah-LEE-nah = POH-lya
Raisa = Raya rah-EE-sah = RAH-ya
Rozaliya = Roza rah-ZAH-lee-yah = ROH-zah
Svetlana = Sveta, Lana svyet-LAH-nah = SVYE-tah, LAH-nah
Tamara = Toma tah-MAH-rah = TOH-mah
Tatiyana (Tatiana) = Tanya taht'-YAH-nah = TAH-nya
Valentina = Valya vah-lyen-TEE-nah = VAH-lya
Valeriya = Lera vah-LYE-ree-ya = LYE-rah
Vera VYE-rah
Veronika = Vera, Nika vye-rah-NEE-kah = VYE-rah, NEE-kah
Viktoriya = Vika, Vita veek-TOH-ree-yah = VEE-kah, VEE-tah
Yekaterina = Katya, Katyusha yeh-kah-tye-REE-nah = KAH-tyah, kah-TYU-shah
Yelena (Elena) = Lena yeh-LYE-nah = LYE-nah
Yelizaveta = Liza yeh-lee-zah-VYE-tah = LEE-zah
Yevdokiya = Dunya, Dusya yev-dah-KEE-ya = DOO-nya, DOO-sya
Yevgeniya = Zhenya yehv-GYE-nee-yah = ZHEH-nya
Yuliya (Yulia) = Yulya YU-lee-yah = YU-lya
Zinaida = Zina zee-nah-EE-dah = ZEE-nah
Zoya ZOH-ya

Nicknames and Pet Names

Name Common Pet Names
Anastasia Nastya, Nastenka, Nastyusha, Nastasya
Alexandra Sasha, Sashenka, Sashka, Shura, Shurochka
Alla Allochka, Allushka
Alyona Alyonushka, Alyonka, Alya
Anna Anya, Anyuta, Anechka, Annushka
Daria Dasha, Dashenka, Dashechka, Dashunya
Diana Dianochka, Dianushka, Dina
Ekaterina Katya, Katyusha, Katenka, Katerina, Katyushka
Elena Lena, Lenochka, Lenok, Lenchik, Yelenushka
Eleonora Elya
Elizaveta Liza, Lizok, Lizochka
Elvira Elya
Eugenia Zhenya, Zhenka, Zhenechka
Galina Galochka, Galchonok, Galenka, Galyushka
Inna Innochka, Innoulya, Innoulenka, Inusya, Inok, Innessa
Irina Ira, Irinka, Irinochka, Irisha, Irishka, Irinchik, Irunchik
Yulia Yulenka, Yulka, Yulchik
Ksenia Ksyusha, Ksyushka, Ksyushenka
Larisa Lara, Larochka
Lilia Lilechka, Lilya
Ludmila Lyuda, Lyusya, Lyudochka, Mila, Milochka
Lyubov Lyuba, Lyubonka, Lyubasha, Lyubochka
Margarita Rita, Margaritka, Ritochka, Ritulya, Margo
Maria Masha, Mashenka, Mashusha, Mashunya
Marina Marisha, Marinochka, Marishka
Nadezhda Nadia, Nadenka, Nadyusha, Nadyushka
Natalia Natashenka, Natshechka, Natusenka, Natusik, Natasha
Nina Ninochka, Ninok, Ninulya, Ninushka
Oksana Oksanochka, Ksyusha, Ksyushenka, Ksana
Olesya Lesya, Lesenka
Olga Olya, Olenka, Olyushka
Polina Polya, Polinka
Regina Rega
Roza Rozochka, Rozita, Rozi
Sophia Sonya, Sonechka, Sophochka, Sophie
Svetlana Sveta, Svetochka, Svetlanka, Svetik
Tamara Toma, Tomochka, Tamarka
Tatyana Tanechka, Tanyushenka, Tanyusha, Tanyushka,
Valentina Valya, Valyusha, Valyushka, Valenka, Valechka,
Valeria Lera, Lerchik, Lerunchik, Lerusia, Lerok, Lerunia
Vera Verochka, Verok
Veronika Nika
Victoria Vika


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