Native Russian names: list, history and interesting facts
Many are convinced that the names Nikolai, Anna, Peter, Alexander, Dmitry are Old Russian. But the study of the origins of Russian history can lead to completely unexpected discoveries - our long-time ancestors, the ancient Slavs, had completely different names. With the adoption of Christianity, many historical ethnic names were lost. They were supplanted by Greek, Latin and Jewish naming. For example, the name Paul is of Latin origin, Catherine is Greek, Maria is Jewish. But some Russian names remained in circulation, found a second life with the return of fashion to the Slavic denominations. So, what are the names of the original Russian? What are they like? What do they mean? What is their story?
Most of the original Russian names can be recognized by three main features.
- First, their meaning can be understood today. For example, Bogdan is God given.
- Secondly, most of the names of our ancestors had a bright, joyful, good sense.They believed that the name was able to determine the fate of a person, so they chose happy names for babies. For example, Lubomir is the one who loves the world.
- Thirdly, most of the names of Slavic origin, consisted of two root-bases. For example, Lyudmila, Miroslava, Dobronrav.
These three main features by which one can distinguish Slavic names from foreign ones.
"Light", "glory", "Yar"
Some Slavic names have the basis of "Yar". It comes from the name of the ancient Russian god of the sun - Yarilo, who personified life, joy, and prosperity among the ancient Slavs.
Our distant ancestors were sure that the appearance of a piece of the name of God in the child’s name would bring him good luck, joy and happy destiny. Today such names are very popular again. For example, the last 10 years Yaroslav has not left the top thirty of the most popular names in our country.
The same goes for the name Vladislav. This is an ancient Slavic naming. Many names in Russia were rooted in "fame", for example, Svyatoslav, Miroslav. The presence of this root in the word should have provided the child with fame and glory.
For many primordially Russian names, another common root is “light,” for example, Svetopolk, Svetoslav, Svetogor, Svetlana. Root means life, prosperity, rebirth.
"Peace", "God", "Love" and "Mil"
Many Russian Slavic names were based on the word "god" or "god". Most likely, our distant ancestors called their children this way in the hope that God would always be with them, protect them.
For example, Bogumil, Bogolyub, Bozhedar, Bozhen. This same group of names includes the name Bogdan, which is currently very popular.
The Slavs did not manage without the kind and bright word “peace”, with the help of which the original Russian male names were formed: Yaromir, Dobromir, Velimir and others.
In Russia, according to tradition, when a baby came into being he was not given a name. He was called by some nickname: Fool, Hare, Fox, Pyatak, Boy and so on. Over time, when the child showed his character, he was nicknamed with an appropriate and appropriate name for him.
It was quite common that children were called by the names of animals or plants: Grass, Hare, Wolf, Birch, Lipa. In some families, the children were named in order: First, Tretiak, Semak, Devyatko.
As you know, all the ancient Russian names in the distant past were permeated with features of ancient paganism and people's faith in the forces of destiny and nature.It was paganism that gave life to many names that were dedicated to the ancient Slavic gods: Yaromil, Lada, Veleslav, Yaroslav. Of course, most of these names have now sunk into oblivion and are forgotten. For example, Vyshan, Istra, Zvenets, Road, Brave and others.
History of Russian names
Paganism gave way to Christianity and new names came to Ancient Russia: Scandinavian, Latin, Greek, Jewish.
For example, the great Prince of Kiev, Vladimir, after baptism, became Basil. This name is considered by many of us to be a native Russian male name, but it came to us from Byzantium.
With the imposition of the Christian religion and the suppression of paganism, names that had a profound meaning came to Slavic culture: Elena (bright), George (a farmer), Victor (winner), Tatiana (organizer), Alexey (defender), Nikita (winner), Eugene ( noble), Sophia (wise), Andrew (courageous).
Thus, the Russian names Peter, Tatiana, Nikolai, Alexander, Yulia, which are familiar to our ears, are not originally Russian, they are introduced into our culture from other languages.
Some ancient Slavic names were fanned by the Orthodox tradition and were given to the child at baptism, so they were given a second birth, and they did not sink into oblivion: Yaropolk, Yaroslav, Lyubov, Svyatoslav, Lyudmila.It should be noted that they are very popular today.
All of the primordially Russian naming conventions that originated in Slavic culture have a good meaning, which are understandable to us even now:
- Vladimir is the one who owns the world;
- Svyatoslav - possessing sacred glory;
- Lyudmila - dear to all people;
- Jaroslav - glorifying Jarilu (Slavic god of the Sun);
- Vsevolod - owning everything;
- Gold is golden.
List of primordial Russian names
Many modern parents turn to the origins of Russian, more precisely, Slavic culture, recalling interesting, melodious and wonderful names. Parents name their children ancient Slavic names that are filled with deep meaning and meaning. Here, for example, is a list of Slavic male names that are popular today: Borislav, Branislav, Velislav, Vladimir, Vladislav, Vsevolod, Vseslav, Dobromir, Dobromil, Ivan, Igor, Lyubomir, Miloslav, Miroslav, Mlad, Mstislav, Oleg, Radoslav, Rostislav, Rus, Svetozar, Svyatoslav, Stanislav, Yaroslav.
Native Russian female names: Blagoslav, Branislav, Varvara, Velislav, Vera, Vlad, Vladislav, Vlasta, Vyacheslav, Darin, Dobromil, Dobroslav, Zabava, Zarina, Kupava, Lada, Lelya,Love, Zvenislav, Zlata, Lyudmila, Marya, Miloslav, Miroslav, Mlada, Mstislav, Nadezhda, Rada, Radoslav, Rosava, Rostislav, Svetlana, Snezhana, Stanislav, Yaroslav.
Instead of conclusion
Due to complex historical processes, it is currently difficult to give a precise definition of what “original Russian names” are. We consider many naming names to be Russian, but they are not as such, since they came to us together with Christianity.
The history of names, like the history of the country, began much earlier. In those ancient times, the name of a person was a sign, his characteristic and amulet. It could tell a lot about the owner, describing his status, level of position in society, character traits, his external characteristics and even occupation. Most likely, the names of our ancestors would be perceived in our time as nicknames. They are unusual for our ears. For example, Chernysh, Brave, Kudryash, Annoyance, Beautiful, Frost, Winter, Love, Fool, but at the same time, they can tell a lot about their owners.
But there are such ancient names that are popular in our days. In addition, with the emergence of the fashion of ancient names and traditions, Slavic and primordially Russian names are heard more and more often nowadays.