Having a Russian name is not easy. In Russia, there are over 100 different last names for males and females combined! There are also many more Russian surnames in the world that have not been listed here.
This blog post will discuss 10 tips to help you avoid these sins of male russian names so your child does not share the same fate as you.
Don’t use words such as “приятно” (Pleasant) or “великолепный” (Magnificent). These are maybe okay if you’re a builder, but don’t give your newborn son these names.
Do not include any numbers in the name. The only exception is when it has been used for many generations of people before you, and then maybe add one extra digit to show that this is your family’s lineage.
So instead of Nikolai Ivanovitch..add an additional letter at the end so his full name would be: Nikolai Ivaanovich! That way he’ll still have a lineage and show his family’s history.
Do not use words that are too long for the child to pronounce or spell. They should be able to say their name at least two times before they cannot continue due to fatigue. For example, don’t call your son Ivan if he is unable to correctly pronounce it after only a single repetition of saying his own name aloud in testing! Instead, consider naming him something like Alexei or Sergei so he will be able to dispense with formalities quickly enough.
Don’t put honorifics on the end of names such as “Андрей” (Andrey) unless you want your son’s nickname being Andy all day every day because no one will know his name is pronounced “Andrey.”
Don’t choose a boy’s name that will be the same as another male in your family. For example, Ivaanovich and Ivanov are two different names but would cause confusion for both because of their similarity. Instead, use slightly more unique spellings to avoid this issue entirely!
Consider whether or not you want your son to have an unusual sounding first and last name together. If so, consider pairing it with one parent’s surname rather than using the other parent’s last name alone on him; otherwise he may grow up being teased about having a weird combination of letters at the end of his title which could potentially lead to bullying later on in life (though there are many people who have grown up with such an unusual name and done just fine as adults).
Avoid Slavic names that are spelled the same way in English, but pronounced differently. For example: Александр (Alexandr) is different from Олександр (Aleksandr), despite their similar spelling. This can lead to confusion for both you and your child later on if he goes to school or college in a country where Russian is not spoken commonly enough by other students, so avoid it!
Conclusion: The best thing about creating a male Russian name is being able to choose any of these options without worrying too much about whether they’re going to end up with a name that is too similar to someone else’s.
The best thing about creating a male Russian name is being able to choose any of these options without worrying too much about whether they’re going to end up with a name that is too similar to someone else’s. While there are still pitfalls, if you follow the guidelines outlined above and take your time choosing just the right option for your son or grandchild, he’ll be set on his path in life with an original identity from day one!
Don’t use Slavic names which sound identical but have different spellings in English: this can lead to confusion later. Similarly, don’t use masculine versions of female names like Александра
Try not to use diminutive forms of names: these are trendy and cute, but they’re also usually feminine.
In addition, don’t choose a name that is too similar in spelling or sound an existing one (e.g., Alexei). If you do need to pick one like this, be sure to spell it differently so there’s no confusion later on. -The trickiest part is figuring out how the Russian letters for each letter translate into English letters while still keeping with Eastern tradition!
For example: Комета translates as “comet” if spelled Kometa; otherwise it would mean “come.”
Don’t give your Russian guy a name that sounds too close to the English pronunciation.
Avoid names with unpleasant meanings in Russia, like “Bobby” or “Dick”.
Be careful about giving kids diminutive forms of their father’s first and last name. It can look funny when they grow up and see how utterly inconsequential they were compared to Dad.
Give boys two syllable first names only (remember this is not America). The second syllable should be short and end in an unstressed vowel: Sergei, Igor, Ivan..not Anthony, Jonathan or Steven!
Two popular endings for male Russian names are “-sky”, which comes from Polish; and “-vich,” meaning “son of” in Russian.
If he’s the third son, it will be best to come up with an entirely new moniker in order not to burden him with his father and grandfathers’ legacy.
Also avoid names that are too long (more than two syllables). They’ll look silly when they’re adults! For example: Igor Ivanovich Pankov is just ridiculous; stick with “Igor”. If you have more kids, then get creative and give them as many different middle names as possible so their full name doesn’t sound repetitive or unpronounceable by Americans. It helps if those middle initials also stand for something nice like “sincerity” or “miracle”.
Don’t pick a name that sounds too much like something in English.
It will make it difficult for your child to fit in with the rest of their peers if everyone around him can hear his name and know what he’s saying before he even says anything.
When I was growing up, my classmate Valeria always had trouble pronouncing her own first name because she didn’t know how other people said it! We all used to tease her about being so clumsy on the playground while we laughed at her helplessly. we’re really sorry now 🙁 You want your baby boy to feel confident and strong when they grow up so picking a Russian moniker is key here! They’ll be able to grow up with a healthy sense of self.
Another thing you want to avoid is picking an unflattering name for your son or daughter!
My mom told me she was pregnant when I was eleven and the first time my grandma heard her name, she burst out in laughter and said “Karenna? What kind of a mother would give their child such an ugly sounding Russian name?” Mom assured her that this baby girl’s destiny would not be grim but it sure wasn’t easy growing up hearing people insult your own unique identity like that all day every day (so considerate)!
Your new little boy doesn’t have to go through what my sister did so make sure he gets a better start than just a name. -Last thing you want to avoid is picking an unflattering nickname for your son or daughter! You may think it’s funny now but when they’re in high school and their friends start making fun of them, that won’t be so adorable anymore. You don’t have to go through what my sister did with her childhood friend who always called her “Karenna Ketchup” because she ran around the house saying “I’m Karenna Momma” all day long (so embarrassing)! My parents would tell me not worry about him being jealous because he’ll outgrow this phase soon enough but I just didn’t feel like waiting until then.