Days of Your Angel (Imeniny), Meanings of Russian Names
We hear our name since birth and throughout our whole life. It is a part of our personality and a name carries great magic. Many people believe that it is not just a word to call, that a name is a character and a destiny; our name is our helper and our heavenly protector. How could a mother give her child a name which is not recorded in the church calendar? Never! How could a child live without a Guardian Angel?
Orthodox believers often receive their names at baptism in honour of their heavenly patron and protector: their Angel. Even if the Day of Angel does not coincide with the birthday, people very often mark it too as the day of their Angel, their protector.
It is interesting for many people to know the origin of Russian names and to understand the underlying meaning of the name itself. We put the most famous Russian names in alphabetical order with the dates of Angel, the origin of the name, and the description for each of them.
This is an opportunity to pay attention to your friends, relatives, and good acquaintances by congratulating them on their Day of Angel.
Alexander (Sasha, Shura)
Mar 8, Mar 28, Apr 29, Apr 30, May 3, May 26, Jun 2, Jun 22, Jun 23, Aug 25, Sep 12, Nov 4, Dec 6, Dec 25
peoples protector, protecting man (from Classical Greek)
Name Aleksander bears a meaning of confident strength, assertiveness, and sometimes even arrogance. While communicating with Alexandr do not forget about his inherent vocation for leadership. Even if you are communicating with not self-actualized or confused Alexander, discuss with him the sphere in which he has achieved certain success and he will accept your point of view with understanding.
Apr 2, May 6, Nov 19
peoples protector, protecting (Classical Greek)
Sometimes it is not easy to see Sashas delicate soul behind her apparent aloofness and certain recklessness but if you manage to see it you will find a key to her heart. It is worth to pay attention to how she prefers to introduce herself. Balanced women usually introduce themselves as Sasha; autocratic ladies, as Alexandra, but if the lady wishes to hide her femininity and rather vulnerable soul she introduces herself as Shurochka.
Feb 25, Mar 30, May 7, Jun2, Oct 18, Dec 6
"man of God" (from Old Slavic), "protecting" (Classical Greek)
Even if the name Aleksey doesnt call his owner to leadership, it nevertheless safely protects him from all of life's possible problems. Upbringing and surroundings play a great role in Alekseys destiny. Thanks to an even temper Aleksey is great listener and adviser. He can feel compassion and is ready to give support to the extent of his abilities. Aleksey is not too talkative as his principle is: less words, more actions. But it is in vain, as they say, even to try to put pressure on him.
"this Goddess" (from Old Arabic)
The name Alla originates from the name of the Old Arabic Goddess Allat. Since the ancient times among the godhood of Caucasus the names of two Goddesses - Alla and Bella were preserved. Ancient people thought that the power of these two exceeded even the power of the Supreme God. The strength of the sound of the name Alla corresponds to the saturation of the red color. Obviously, such a name endows the person with significant features of character. In spite of her determined character Alla often keenly feels the lack of the human care and support.
It can be enough even just to express sympathy with her sincerely, to share her problems, and no trace of her commanding tone remains
Jan 4, Mar 23, Apr 28, Nov 11
"resurrection" (Classical Greek)
Anastasia is very easy going and dreamy. She has a logically ordered mind and is inclined to analyze. Nastyas intuition is able to penetrate deeply into your soul, though love often blurs her eyes. If she calls herself Nastya all these features are blurred in her character. But both Nastya and Anastasia adore elegant things.
May 6, Jul 16, Dec 3
"oriental" (from Greek)
Anatoliy has a mild character and is inclined to dreaminess. He avidly seeks praise and even flattery. Owners of such name are usually reserved even with people who are close to them. One can keenly feel the notes of the Oriental magnificence in the sounding of this name.
Jul 17, Sep 1, Sep 23, Oct 15, Oct 23, Oct 30, Dec 13, Dec 15
"courageous" (Classical Greek)
This name possesses such a great energy that it is enough for all Andreys on the Earth over and above. Andrey is a merry fellow, he is a joker, boss and life of the party, often he turns up trumps and it seems he is in luck. But it is not as easy as it seems. Andrey achieves many things with hard work and patience.
It is easy to communicate with Andrey and he responds to your request for help willingly but nevertheless it is better to keep within the limits of request.
Mar 26, Aug 6
"dedicated to Christ" (from Greek)
Times when all simple people were called chrestyane (peasants) have passed away long ago and now there is a huge gulf between Christina and chrestyanka (peasant) though the essence of the words is still the same. The name Christina bears the impression of aristocracy and elitism. Parents that give their daughter name Christina suppose their daughter to be different from other girls, underlining her being special and what can be called stylish.
Christina takes remarks to her personality painfully but melts with the compliments. Christina should be careful as somebody can use her weakness by hiding ulterior motives behind their flattery.
strong, winner (from Persian)
Darya is a resonant and cheerful name. But the main features of the owner of this name are firmness and impulsiveness. In childhood Darya is the boss and takes the lead in making different games. Self-confidence, emotional power, deepness of the feelings manifest from the very childhood. You will be puzzled for a long time until you understand how she feels about you. Be sure, if she does not like you, it can be read in her gestures and movements that are easier to understand than words.
Jan 24, May 28, Jun 1, Jun 16, Sep 24, Nov 8, Nov 10, Nov 28
belonging to Demetra (from Ancient Greek)
Demeter is one of the most respected goddess of the Olympic pantheon. The literal meaning of her name is Earth-Mother, the personification of fertility. The power of this name is like the energy strored in a coiled spring, which can tighten for a long time until it unexpectedly explodes. It is a pity but very often it can happen in some unsuitable moment. Dimas patience very often looks like calmness. But Dima is able to explode with emotions, ready to quarrel, but then he calms down very quickly. Friendship and trustful relations is a priority for Dima, for shared work, not only his own benefit. But do not make the discussion too long otherwise there is no time for the business itself. Dima can be carried away with conversation, though he can work like three people not to let his partners down.
noble (from Greek)
Eugenia is firm and self-confident person. Even behind her calm, good-natured manner of behavior one can find the strict expression of Zhenyas look. Eugenia is hospitable. She can cook a very tasty meal, but she is not obsessed with cleanliness. In spite of this, very interesting conversations are waiting for you during the meal. Most often Zhenya is very intellectual, well read, interested in art, and has good taste. If you want to avoid conflict with Zhenya, who is the reason of these conflicts in most situations, you have to start the conversation about Zhenyas last deeds without her noticing. She can talk about them for hours. Zhenya is not in the habit of boasting, simply her inner energy and activity expresses in such a way. Year by year this activity and energy can be realized less.
ever clean, chaste (from Greek)
Ekaterina is a generous nature. She is sociable and active. But in communication with Katya one should take into consideration her pathological vanity. However she understands good humor very well and do not mind to joke herself. And if you had an opportunity to let hair down with Katya, you may be very surprised to reveal the hidden features of her character.
Jun 3, Jul 24
torch (from Ancient Greek)
Very attentive person can notice some tension in the daily behavior of Elena. It is not easy for Elena because she is subjected to unexpected changes of the mood, which guide her in the daily life and in the work. The combination of frivolity and obligation, highly developed feeling of responsibility and focus literally torture Elena. But Elena is a goal-oriented and often talented person. As a rule Elena is a perfect worker, she can not be different because of the feeling of pride. Do not forget in the communication with Elena that a very sensitive and delicate soul is hidden behind the mask of her momentary mood.
May 7, Sep 18, Nov 4
respecting God (from Jewish)
Liza constantly strives to achie her goal without having any rest and being relaxed. It is difficult to influence her emotions. Liza will understand you better if you are logical and calm in conversation with her.
Jan 2, Jan 11, Jan 20, Jan 28, Feb 6, Feb 9, Feb 12, feb 13, Mar 9, Apr 2, Apr 9, Apr 11, Apr 12, Apr 24, Apr 27, May 1, May 2, May 12, May 21, Jun1, Jun7, Jun 9, Jun 11, Jun 15, Jnu 23, Jun 26, Jul 7, Jul 11, Aug 3, Sep 11, Sep 16, Oct 6, Nov 1, Dec 15, Dec 20, Dec 23
grace of God (from Ancient Jewish)
It is as if the Russian people decided to put into this name the idea of itself with all the contradictions, dreams, and quests. One recommends you not to make fun of Vanya if you do not want to cause a storm. He will not show you his feelings but will hide an offense deep in the soul. Ivan has indulgence for mockeries only if his authority is rather high. It is pleasant and interesting to communicate with him but it is not easy to win his heart.
Jun 18, Aug 2
warlike, protected by the God of heaven (from Scandinavian)
Igor is active and moving person, although some restraint and inner tension is felt in him. It is easy for him to communicate with people; especially he likes womens company. He is a leader in the family. He is stubborn and knows what he wants in this life and certainly achieves the goal. It must be mentioned that if Igor prefers to name himself Gosha it is a sign of calmness and balance in his character. If you are in partnership with Igor the result will be more effective if you distribute the roles, responsibilities, and goals between all the members in advance and will give each other the freedom of action in the future.
Feb 2, Jul 3
quick stream (from Slavic)
Inna is communicative and very quickly and easily gains peoples favor. Romance and poetics are not the characteristics of Inna; rather she is down to earth person and creates relations with people on the practical basis. She takes benefit of everything and manages to achieve a lot thanks to her hard work and foxery. Troubles can unsettle her for some time, but in most cases Inna can resist the attacks of destiny and overcome difficult life situations.
Apr 29, May 18, May 26, Oct 1
peace (from Greek)
Such features as strength of mind, cheerfulness, liveliness, and firmness of purpose are perfectly balanced in Irina. At the same time she is rather independent, that is why all the features mentioned before almost resist the grading in the process of education. It is for the better! The combination of such features of the character can make Irinas fortune more advantageous. The feeling that Irina does not have problems or can solve them very easily, exists while communicating to her. Actually it can hardly be true, simply Irisha prefers not to show other people the deepness of her feelings.
"guest" (from Greek)
Ksyusha is vulnerable and sensitive to offenses. But she likes it when people turn to her for advice. She can listen, share peoples problems, though she often has a lot of her own, and it prevents her from giving real help to other people. Ksyusha is able just to sympathize sincerely.
seagull (from Greek)
Larisas love for life and firmness are in unstable equilibrium, so Larisas liveliness can bear aggressive character. Lara tries to hide her inner tension and displeasure with the environment behind a mask. But in work Larisa has no equal! She is very hard working and is always ready to take on additional work, to perform, without complaints, somebody elses work. Her profession is the most important for her and if it coincides also with her vocation you can see Larisa at home only late at night.
originally from Lydia the richest region of Asia Minor (from Turkish)
Lida is very sociable person and she is willing to communicate with all the people equally, without paying much attention to ranks and regalia. It is completely natural for her, though it rarely finds the support and understanding of the great. Lida does not tend to display her superiority. She is known as an easy-going, sociable person without hang-ups.
"love" (in Russian)
The name Lubov sounds very passionateland hardly. She possesses both strength and impulsiveness. This love would not only warm, but rather singe and exhaust a person, Luba would be the first to suffer.
Those who communicate with Lubasha should remember that she keeps memories for a long time - both good and bad ones.
Lyudmila (Lyuda, Lyusya)
nice for people (from Slavonic)
Some Lyudmilas consciously use the duality of the name, and depending on the situation they can name themselves Lyuda or Mila. The first one is hard and another one is nice and gentle. Also the name Lyuda is like scales which tries to balance gentleness and firmness of the character.
It is good in the communication with Lyuda to remember about significant sensuality that is hidden behind the reasonable mask. While in discussion Lyudmila always calls upon logic and not to the emotions.
Jan 29, Feb 2, Apr 23, May 11, Aug 26, Nov 24
supreme (from Greek)
While being a broad-minded person, Maksim sometimes has soft heart and often undergoes hardships while asserting himself. He trusts people too much, and his delusions often prevent him from distinguishing bad people from good ones.
The meaning of the name: pearl (from Latin)
Margarita is lively, communicative, tries to be a leader and likes to patronize weaker people. Often Margaritas logic is one-track and it is no wonder because feelings prevail over her. Look into Margaritas soul! There is a delicate and gentle woman hidden inside who needs peoples warmth and concern. Try your luck and maybe this flower will come out for you!
Feb 8, Feb 19, Feb 25, Apr 14, Jun 20, Jun 22, Aug 4, Aug 22, Nov 11
The meaning of the name: rejected, sad (from Ancient Jewish)
Orthodox tradition interprets this name as the lady
Marias cordiality combines with strictness, and her passion with remoteness. Even Masha herself sometimes feels the inconsistency of her character. But Masha does not lack a sense of humor, which helps her to control her feelings, to bail out of many delicate situations, and to avoid serious quarrels with people around. She has enough of kindness and cordiality for everyone. Do not offend the things which are sacred for her.
Mar 13, Jul 30
The meaning of the name: marine (from Latin)
It is not for nothing this name is in honor of sea: there is something attractive like the sea side in its owner. But it is not good to swim far out the buoys, as the rescuer may be late to help you. This image is of course an analogy, but Marina really is like a running wave of surf. She expresses the storm of feelings under the influence of mental impulsion, and then she is calm and gentle next day.
'hope" (in Russian)
There is a very large amount of patience and anticipation of something good in the name of Nadezhda. Very often Nadyas patience and kindness make her character very comfortable for communication and lfor iving together. One can not make Nadezda to do something against her will, but she can not resist a kind request. However if Nadyusha will give up her interests for a long time because of requests then sooner or later an enormous outbreak will take place.
"native", "natural" (from Latin)
Women named Natalia possess intense temperament. This is the very whirlpool where a dozen of spirits can appear either in positive or in negative meaning of this word. Nobody needs so much of human attention and care as Natalia with her sensitive self-esteem. And she should be more careful as one can get anything of her using flattery, praise and even favor and sympathy.
Feb 13, Apr 16, May 13, May 17, May 27, Jun 6, Jun 10, Sep 28, Oct 26
"winner" (from Latin)
Nikita is always self-confident, he knows for sure what he wants in life and usually gets it. He is stubborn and persistent, but one can hurt him easily wounding his self-esteem. He takes badly any failing. With the heart and soul worn-out by offences he goes to the closest friends and lets them sympathize with him.
Jan 6, Feb 16, Feb 17, Mar 13, May 22, Aug 9, Dec 19
: "conqueror of nations" (from Greek)
Sociability and dogmatism, cheerfulness and severity, lightness and rigidity are combined in the character of Nikolay. Its not easy to understand Nikolay because of such a bouquet of contradictions in his character. But it contributes with his versatility and a width of views. If you want to get to know the real point of view of Nikolay start an argument with him and Kolenkas reticence will disappear.
"lady, "queen" (from Sumerian)
Nina is used to paddling her own canoe. It imbues her with great self-respect and pride. Ninas hardworking nature and jealousy to the other peoples' success starts to show up already in the childhood. She is laborious and energetic, especially if her friends are more successful. And most often she preserves these qualities forever. It is dangerous to jest with Nina and especially to touch her personal qualities of nature. But Nina will appreciate sincere conversation as no one else can and she is glad to lay her heart bare for a person sympathizing with her. She gets very tired with her heroic character.
"sacred" (from Scandinavian)
Oleg is a proud person possessing nevertheless healthy vanity and self-conceit. He is cautious, prudent, and always acts circumspectly. And as a result Oleg surrenders to emotions rarely and that is why there are so many people with the logical attitude of mind among the owners of this name. Therewith Oleg is not devoid of romance. People with a sense of humor which do not strive for getting executive positions, are dear to him.
Meaning of the name: "sacred" (from Scandinavian)
Olga is a cautious person in whom inner reticence is strangely combined with outer activity and commutability. Olya pays much attention to herself and to her feelings and isnt eager to show them to people around her.
She is diplomatic and rather prudent. It seems she always controls herself what is permitted with whom and what shouldnt be done.
Do not make any judgments of Olga at first sight. At the first meeting Olenka quite often makes an impression of a compliant, diligent, modest person but with the lapse of time she will definitely display her authoritative propensity. While communicating with Olga one should not forget that logic and analysis always prevail over her emotions.
Jan 3, Jan 25, Jan 26, Jan 29, Feb 12, Feb 14, Apr 6, May 16, May 31, Jun 25, Jul 8, Jul 12, Oct 5, Oct 18, Oct 22, Dec 5, Dec 8
stone, rock (from Greek)
There are combined such Incompatible features as Christian humility and warlike attitude, there is a tendency to rage in Pyotr. Vanity which makes Pyotr to strive to superiority in all the spheres is his stimulus. But the vanity can be that key factor which makes the ruling over Pyotr easier. As soon as you doubt his abilities, Pyotr will eagerly start to prove the opposite, but he will bear you a grudge for a long time.
Feb 26, Apr 2
light (from Slavonic)
Svetlana is emotional person; she has a tendency to fun and simple communication. To argue with Sveta is like to argue with the wind as Lanas emotions dominate over logic. Awake her interest by appealing to her soul.
Apr 2, Jun1, Jul 11, Jul 18, Sep 24, Oct 8, oct 20
a very highly considered man (from Latin)
The main features which are manifested in Sergey are the balance of firmness and mildness, and also his obscurity; that primarily is connected with the popularity of this name. Balance in Sergeys character quite often makes him an excellent diplomat. He is persistent in disputes, but it is not easy to put him out of temper - if his arguments are poor he simply will avoid the discussion.
Sep 30, Oct 1
wise (from Greek)
Sofia is a deep and serious personality. Though not in vain this word was chosen to denominate wisdom in ancient times, and it can not be comprehended without depth of feelings. Sofia can solve problems of other people, can help other people with their troubles; but not always she can cope with her own sorrows.
czarina (from Latin)
Tamara is responsible person; one can rely on her with certainty. Besides she is diligent she will make all the efforts to carry out her given mission. Toma is emotional, sometimes excessively noisy and fussy, but her sober method for solving problems does not let her down ever. Tamara knows the value of money very well, but she is not mean. She is modest and the only thing she is unable to stand for a long time is monotony. That is why traveling is her passion. She treats people with alertness and is not in a hurry consider people to be her friends even though she knows them for years.
settled, appointed (from Greek)
Tatiana is resolute, self-confident, firm, even imperious and very emotional. She prefers to be friends with men in whose company she usually becomes milder and more feminine than in the company of women. The patronymic of Tatiana influences womens character very much: Nikolayevna is unusually stubborn; Vladimirovna is calmer and more talented; Borisovna is caring mother in successful marriage; Mikhaylovna is the calmest from all women with the name Tatiana.
None of the Tatianas will give up her interests because of compassion or pity to you: only a call of duty can make Tatiana to forget about herself.
Jan 14, Feb 12, Mar 13, Mar 17, Apr 4, Apr 8, May 9, Jul 16, Aug 15, Aug 24
"royal" (from Greek)
Dont even try to put pressure on Vasiliy most likely he will just ignore your efforts. It is better to try to agree with him upon the mutually acceptable conditions right away. And you be sure that in such case he will try to do his best. But nevertheless discussing terms dont forget about your inclination to deliberation.
Vera is a well balanced and calm person. Men often tend to regard Veras quiet and good nature as a sign of good disposition towards them. But nevertheless one should not be in a hurry with conclusions. Vera will hardly venture to connect her destiny with anyone without careful thinking and weighing of all pros and cons.
Feb 23, Apr 2, May 1, Sep 29, Nov 24
"winner" (from Latin)
Victor is impulsive, he turns on the heat quickly and even forthcoming obstacles and consequences do not scare him, but at the same time he is ready to stop when he should. Victor can learn from his mistakes, so having suffered from his own impulsiveness in youth, he becomes more careful. It is better to be more specific and distinct while talking to Victor long reasoning more likely will hardly meet his response.
May 5, May 11
"vital" (from Latin)
Optimism, gentleness, liveliness and certain detachment from the reality are characteristic of Vitaliy. These incline Vitaliy to certain dreaminess which he thoroughly hides from the surrounding people. If while talking to him you notice that he is irritated and ready to show aggression do not be in a rush to give him the same in return. His irritation is just a mask which hides a quiet person and what you regard as aggression is just readiness to the self-defense. Try to talk to him calmly and tension will disappear.
Vladimir (Volodya, Vova)
Jul 28, Oct 17
"possessing the world" (from Old Slavic)
Name Vladimir presupposes greatheartedness and nobleness of his owner. Vladimir is self confident and tends to commutability and kindness. It usually makes Vladimir to be a rather respected person. While communicating with Vladimir do not forget that no matter what rank he holds Vladimir is an all-sufficient personality able to stand up for his rights. It is difficult to offend him in conversation as he is not ambitious. He is not touchy and is able to appreciate somebodys joke.
Jul 6, Dec 5
"glorious with his vital force" (from Slavic)
Yaroslav is quiet and well-balanced, rather determined and inclined to seriousness and persistence. He even possesses certain deliberateness. Sometimes while communicating with Yaroslav people get confused with his ironic manner of communication and take him as a cynic. But if you will manage to look into his soul you will see gentle, sensitive and well-wishing person!
"farmer" (from Old Greek)
Yuriy is merry, cheerful person able though to be determined. This combination of the good nature with determination lets Yuriy to achieve anything he wishes. Avoid protracted conflicts with Yuriy it is better to gain his consent right away otherwise Yuriy will hardly feel drawn to you again. And do not get offended with Yurochkas ironical way of communication.
curly, fluffy (from ancient Greek)
Yulia is the person of impetuous emotions and nervous irritability. But Yulya likes to be lively, involved in all the deals at once. Laziness and boredom rise antipathy in Yulia. On the other hand when Yulya is on edge she quite often can not control herself - not in vain this name sounds like the word yula(top)! It is senseless to appeal to logic and intellect, though it is less than useless to come under the influence of you own emotions: it is better to give Yulia an opportunity to speak her mind and cool down.