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Unusual russian names

Updated on March 4, 2013
Nowadays Monuments of Lenin are ruined and broken almost everywhere in the ex USSR countries.
Nowadays Monuments of Lenin are ruined and broken almost everywhere in the ex USSR countries.

Most new names appeared in the USSR after the Great October Socialist Revolution in 1917. After this revolution the power of workers and peasants broke the tsar regime and started to build a new country. Lenin was an ideology inspirer of the Revolution and became soon the most adorable leader of the country. To make it clear imagine North Korea today. Level of love of population to Lenin was almost the same as that in N. Korea now.

Like it always happens in a history of humanity every new power makes many new things. The Revolution broke the capitalist society and ruined the country in a direct meaning of the word. Two antagonist's classes', namely, poor workers and peasants vs. intelligence, landlords, and industrial magnates were fighting for many years. Civil war of the 1918 – 1920 killed millions of people from both sides. Private property and the capitalist society were totally eliminated. The power of workers and poorest strata's of the country won.

Most simple people said: all belongs to everyone, so it all belongs to me as well and stole everything they could. People of the USSR loved Lenin, the Communist Party was their dream and the Soviet ideology was the main and the "most correct" ideology of the country.

Many people wanted to give their children such names which would show how much they love the country and the Soviet power. In the first years of Revolution it was a result of inspiration by revolutionary ideas. Later, in the 40th it was a way to show their loyality to the Commuist Party and Josef Stalin. People invented new names. It may say nothing to a foreigner, but believe me if you knew Russian just a bit, the names would sound awkward and strange.

Onomastic is a science devoted to learning names. The name is given to a person at the moment of birth and in future it determines the person's life. Professional linguists learn sources of names and try to find how the name influences our future. I wonder what would they say about such artificial names invented in the Soviet Union.... New names were based on the names of political leaders, names of state authorities, communist party slogans and historic events.

All names below were created in a result of abbreviation of words in Russian language.


Names devoted to significant dates in the Soviet history.

Velior (Велиор - Velikaya Oktyabrskaya Revolutsiya) - Great October Socialist Revolution.

Dazdrasen (Даздрасен -Da Zdravstvuyet Sedmoe Noyabrya) – long the live the seventh of November. The seventh of November 1917 was one of the most loved holidays in the Soviet Union. This is a day of the Great October Socialist Revolution.

Dazdraperma (Даздраперма - Da Zdravstvuyet Pervoe Maya) Long live the First of May. This is another holiday of national importance. The First of May is a day of solidarity of working class all over the world. Of course people loved this holiday in the USSR. Both the seventh of November and the First of May were always national holidays and days of great celebration in the history of the USSR. Each year demonstrations were held in every city, town and village. People were marching, waving slogans and red banners. Numerous concerts were devoted to these events and thus these holidays were loved in the USSR.

Monuments to Lenin were built everywhere.
Monuments to Lenin were built everywhere.

Names devoted to political leaders.

These names were especially popular. Somehow everyone thought that this will make their child happier in the future Communist life.

Melor (Мэлор) – Marx, Engels, Lenin, October Revolution.

Vilorik (Вилорик) - Vladimir Illich Lenin Osvoboditel Rabochikh i Krestyan) V.I.Lenin-liberator of workers and peasants.

Vladlen (Владлен ) Vladimir Lenin.

Vilen (Вилен ) Vladimir Illich Lenin. All three names above still exist. My friends gave their child name Vladlen in 1996. They said it sounds well.

Ledrud (Ледруд -Lenin Drug Detei) Lenin – a fried of children.

Lorierik (ЛориЭрик) – Lenin, October revolution, industrialization, electrification, ratificaion and communism. This name reminds me fantasy books devoted to elves. Any of them would be proud to have name sounding like this one.

Luigi (Луиджи - Lenin Umer Idei Zhyvy) is not an Italian name in this context. It is Lenin is dead but ideas are alive.

Niserha (Нисерха ) - NikitaSergeevich Khrushchev.

Pofistal (Пофистал- Pobeditel Fashizma Iosif Stalin) – winner over fascism Josef Stalin.

Dalis (Далис ) Long live Lenin and Stalin.

Bestreva (Бестрева ) Beria – the guard of the Revolution.

It is written "Take me"
It is written "Take me"

Some names were devoted to national heroes of the Soviet Union

Lapanalda (Лапанальда - Lager Papanina na Ldine) The Camp of Papanin on the Ice.

Lagmishvara (Лагшмивара- Lager Shmidta V Arktike) – Camp of Schmidt in Arctic.

Oushminalda (Оюшминальда ) Otto Yuli Schmidt on the Ice. These names were devoted to first soviet travellers and world explorers Otto Schmidt and Ivan Papanin. They both were well known in the USSR for their expeditions.

Uryurvkos (Урюрвкос - Ura, Yura V Kosmose)- Hooray, Yuri is in space.

Yuralga (Юралга)- Yuri Alekseevich Gagarin. Evidently these names appeared at a time of the first astronaut space launch. Yuri Gagarin was not just a national hero. He became an international hero. Of course many people wanted to follow him and to be like him.

I can offer you some more names devoted just to “heroic life and work of Soviet people”

Artaka (Артака) - Artillery Academy

Gertruda (Гертруда- Geroy Truda)- The Hero of Labor

Dotnara (Дотнара - Doch Trudovogo Naroda) – the daughter of working people

Kid (Кид )- Communistic Ideal

Kukutsapol (Кукуцаполь - Kukuruza Tsar Poley) -Corn is the Tsar of fields. This name was devoted much more to Nikita Khrushchev, the leader of the Communist Party who came to power after Stalin. Khrushchev was famous for his agricultural projects. He visited USA couple of times and was deeply impressed by big corn fields of Iowa. Soviet Union had many empty lands which could be well used for growing corn. A tremendous, giant program was started to grow corn everywhere. Corn was supposed to feed the people still hungry after the WW2 and to be an export culture.

Raitia (Райтия- Rayonna Tipografia) District Publishing house

Trikom (Тpиком ) Three “K” – Komsomol, Comintern and Communism.

Now we came to my favorite:

Vaterperzhekosma (Ватерпежекосма - Valentina Tereshkova – the first woman cosmonaut. The encryption of the name says itself. Valentine Tereshkova was as popular in the USSR as Gagarin. The idea of this name is very modern taking tendencies of equality of rights between man and woman, but the name itself sounds so ugly in Russian, that I would never call my daughter Vaterperzhekosma. Even for the sake of equality of rights between genders.

The epoch of Socialism and Leninism has ended. Now we live in another time and people choose their names basing on other criteria. Those names stated above became obsolete and it is very unlikely that they will ever be used again. But they are part of our history and we have at least to understand what happened with the world some 50 -100 years ago. These days new names also appear. May be some 100 years after us people will also wonder why such name like Dotcom appeared.

Would you choose any exotic or artificial name for you child?

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    • Pavlo Badovskyy profile imageAUTHOR

      Pavlo Badovskyi 

      4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      This is one of the best comments I ve ever had! Thank you. I seldom visit HP and thus it is a very nice surprise to read such a comment.

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      RTalloni 

      4 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for an interesting read that shares your perspective on the issues surrounding these unusual names. Imagining what the wonderful Russian accents would sound like if I could hear the names spoken was a lovely exercise (even the unpleasant one for a daughter--though your humor was great!).

      This hub's facts, thoughts, and comments, remind me that while people still have a sense of how names have meaning, we too often see a sad reflection of how little thought goes into the names children are given. Due to the narrowness of their thinking people resign how the child will be perceived by others on the alter of their current interests because they are too limited to have needed foresight into the consequences of the decision.

      Our neighbors just had a new baby. The story of the thought and care that went into the name is a beautiful story. It's theirs so I'll not tell it here, but the point is, when we hear of a new child's name we can either come away thinking of its beauty or wondering why that was all they could do for the poor little one!

    • Pavlo Badovskyy profile imageAUTHOR

      Pavlo Badovskyi 

      4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      Well, thank you for a comment!! Like I said in the hub these names are obsolete now. I am even glad about it -))

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Pavlo,

      Thanks for publishing this very interesting article. My grandparents were Russian and ethnic Russian (from Ukraine, Romania, and Moldova). I had never heard of *Russian name changing* until now.

    • Pavlo Badovskyy profile imageAUTHOR

      Pavlo Badovskyi 

      5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      Thank you for a comment. ! Glad you liked it !!

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      Suzette Walker 

      5 years ago from Taos, NM

      What an amazing article! I had no idea the Russians changed their names to Soviet people, places and things. That is so interesting. I agree with you, some of these are awful and I'm glad to hear they are not used any more. The Soviets really took over everything in Russia! What does your name, Pavlo Badovskyy mean? Is there any translation or special meaning to it? Pavlo is close to Pavlov - the scientist who did the famous dog experiments with bells. Any connection? I'm just curious. I have also written a hub about names - What's in a Name? is the title. In American some parents choose very silly names for their children. Ex. North West - the daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. They call her Norrie for short. Weird if you ask me. lol. Thanks for an interesting and informative article! Great write!

    • Pavlo Badovskyy profile imageAUTHOR

      Pavlo Badovskyi 

      5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      Hi David, I missed your comments :-)) THank you very much.!!

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      David Hunt 

      5 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      Fascinating, Pavlo. Nowadays, many American parents simply misspell names to make their child "unique"-- like Jaxon and Jakson for Jackson. The poor kids will be spelling their names for their entire lives. But I've never heard of using acronyms for kids names-- it's something businesses do all the time, though!

    • Pavlo Badovskyy profile imageAUTHOR

      Pavlo Badovskyi 

      5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      to unknown spy and mary615 : Thank you for a comment! Glad you liked it!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      This was very interesting. I hope I never have to pronounce or spell these names! Very informative.

      Voted UP, etc.

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      IAmForbidden 

      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      wow that's hard to pronounce. hehe :)

    • Pavlo Badovskyy profile imageAUTHOR

      Pavlo Badovskyi 

      5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      to Torrilynn: In Russia people do not call person just telling his first letter. Never ever. In the USA - yes, in Russia or any other ex USSR country - no -way. It is too much unpolite from our point of view. THank you for a comment !!!

    • Pavlo Badovskyy profile imageAUTHOR

      Pavlo Badovskyi 

      5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      To Travmaj: Havent seen you for ages :-) Just to make it clear typical Russian names have nothig to do with these artificially created. 99,999 of all names are typical. You almost have no any chance to find anyone with these names nowadays at all.

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      travmaj 

      5 years ago from australia

      Hi Pavlo - this is the most interesting of hubs - I've often wondered about Russian names particularly when reading russian literature. I had no idea it was so complex. And I thank you for all this information. (when researching my family history in Uk - back around 1800s there was a distinctive naming pattern in a family. Clearly, this no longer happens either) Voting up and interesting.

    • torrilynn profile image

      torrilynn 

      5 years ago

      Hi Pavlo,

      thanks for sharing this hub. i've always wondered

      why russian names were the way they were. I have a friend every one would

      call G because here name was really hard to pronounce. thanks again.

      Voted up.

    • Pavlo Badovskyy profile imageAUTHOR

      Pavlo Badovskyi 

      5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      To aethelthryth : LOL. If you give this name to a cat then you defiitely have something to discuss if someone comes to you and asks to explain where such name came from :-))) Thank you Audrey! I always like your comments.

    • Pavlo Badovskyy profile imageAUTHOR

      Pavlo Badovskyi 

      5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      To Man from Modesto: Thank you for a comment. People in general did not win and I did not say that. I said that : "The power of workers and poorest strata's of the country won". They won in a Civil war. I agree that in general, talking about geopolitic future of the country it was an event which is far from beeing human to the nations and population of the Soviet Union. This is a correct statement but it is a topic for an other hub. Not this one.

      Some of your statements made me wonder if we are talking about the same hub at all... I do not care if Lenin and Marx were fathers of Commuism. The hub is not about theoretical backgroung of social structure of the society. It is about names and background of names appearance.

      The final part of your comment is the most interesting. May be I am just unable to grasp the idea of your comment or it contains too deep thoughts for my shallow mind but I do not get how your statement about Satan is connected with the hub. Anyway it was iteresting to read an unusual comment about "Unusual Russian names". :-))

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      aethelthryth 

      5 years ago from American Southwest

      Very interesting. I wonder if it works the same way there as here - in my experience, most of the time when a name is unusual, it was the mother's idea, while "normal" names are more often the father's idea. ("Aethelthryth" was my idea for a daughter's name, but my husband said definitely not!)

      I like the sound of Oushminalda, and will have to remember that. Probably my husband would at least be willing to have a cat named Oushminalda.

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      Man from Modesto 

      5 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

      It is incorrect to say the people won when Communist rose up. More than 30 million of them died. And, those they loved went into oppression and persecution.

      My brothers-in-law, Ukrainians, are the only two people in the entire region with their names: Peter and Paul. Their father, one of the few remaining Christians not sent to jail or killed, was told he could not name his twin sons those names- because they were Christian names. However, he went back and argued it. They allowed it.

      Lenin and Marx are not the fathers of Communism. It came from Rome. The Catholic Jesuit priest Fredrick Engels- a Satanist - taught the ideology to Marx. Marx also later converted to Satanism.

      The spirit behind Communism, Marx, Engels, Lenin, AND ROME, is Satan. That is why death and despair follow them.

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      Jill Spencer 

      5 years ago from United States

      Super interesting, Pavlo. I read an article not long ago about a Tweet-loving couple who named their daughter Hashtag, much to the chagrin of others. But, as you point out, such names are signs of the times & what people love & value. Shared & voted up.

    • Pavlo Badovskyy profile imageAUTHOR

      Pavlo Badovskyi 

      5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      Glad you liked it! Thank you for following!

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      vibesites 

      5 years ago from United States

      Wow, I like the Vladen -- it sounded fierce!

      Gertruda seems like a variant of "Gertrude". Great idea.

      (and hey, your English grammar is great, even better than those of the native speakers')

      Voted up and interesting, awesome! :)

    • Pavlo Badovskyy profile imageAUTHOR

      Pavlo Badovskyi 

      5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      Glad to see you again! Thank you Theresa.

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      Theresa Ast 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Pavlo - How very interesting. I had no idea that names formed from the first letters of many words and names were popular. I expected Lenin or the names of other famous revolutionary heroes to become popular children;s names. but not the strange words made from abbreviations. Like you, most of them don't sound very easy on the ears.

      I also think it is very interesting how names become very popular and then less popular. When I was about ten years old, there were 3 or 4 Debbies in every classroom and Michael was very popular and Sally and John. I never have a Sally in any of my classes today. Funny. Good Hub.

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