Russian Names and their Nicknames


This page will help you to learn some Russian names with their nicknames. In Russian the nicknames are just the shorter versions of the full names. 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 me know. Note: while pronouncing the names stress the underlined vowel (sound). There is also a pronunciation guide (according to the English grammar rules) in the right column for your convenience.
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Male Names
Names and NicknamesPronunciation
Aleksei (Алексей) = Alyosha (Алёша), Lyosha (Лёша)
Aleksandr (Александр) = Sasha (Саша), Shurik (Шурик)
Andrei (Андрей) = Andryusha (Андрюша)
Anatoliy (Анатолий) = Tolya (Толя)
Anton (Антон)
Arkadiy (Аркадий) = Arkasha (Аркаша)
Artur
Artyom = Tyoma
Averiy
Boris = Borya
Denis
Dmitriy = Dima
Eduard = Edik
Evgeniy
Filipp = Filya
Fyodor = Fedya
Gennadiy = Gena
Georgiy = Gosha
Grigoriy = Grisha
Igor'
Il'ya
Innokentiy = Kesha
Ivan = Vanya
Kirill
Konstantin = Kostya
Leonid = Lyonya
Lev = Lyova
Maksim = Maks
Mark = Marik
Mikhail = Misha
Nikita
Nikolai = Kolya
Oleg
Pavel = Pasha
Pyotr (Petr) = Petya
Rodion = Rodya
Roman = Roma
Ruslan
Rustam
Semyon = Syoma
Sergei = Seryozha, Seryoga
Stanislav = Stas, Slava
Stepan = Styopa
Svyatoslav = Slava
Timofei = Tima, Timosha
Vadim = Vadik
Valentin = Valya
Valeriy = Valera
Vasiliy = Vasya
Viktor = Vitya
Vitaliy = Vitya, Vitalya
Vladimir = Vova, Volodya
Vladislav = Vlad, Vladik, Slava
Vyacheslav = Slava
Yakov = Yasha
Yaroslav = Yarik, Slava
Yegor
Yevgeniy = Zhenya
Yuriy = Yura
ah-lyek-SYEY = ah-LYO-shah, LYO-shah
ah-lyek-SAHNDR = SAH-shah, SHOO-reek
ahn-DRYEY = ahn-DRYU-shah
ah-nah-TOH-leey = TOH-lyah
ahn-TOHN
ahr-KAH-deey = ahr-KAH-shah
ahr-TOOR
ahr-TYOM = TYO-mah
ah-VYE-reey
bah-REES = BOH-rya
dye-NEES
DMEET-reey = DEE-mah
eh-doo-AHRD = EH-deek
see Yevgeniy
fee-LEEP = FEE-lya
FYO-dohr = FYE-dya
gyen-NAH-deey = GYE-nah
gye-OHR-geey = GOH-shah
gree-GOH-reey = GREE-shah
EE-gohr'
eel'-YA
een-nah-KYEN-teey = KYE-shah
ee-VAHN = VAH-nya
kee-REEL
kahn-STAHN-teen = KOH-stya
lye-ah-NEED = LYO-nya
LYEV = LYO-vah
mahk-SEEM = MAHKS
MARK = MAH-reek
mee-ha-EEL = MEE-shah
nee-KEE-tah
nee-kah-LAhY = KOH-lya
ah-LYEG
PAH-vyel = PAH-shah
PYOTR = PYE-tya
rah-dee-OHN = ROH-dya
rah-MAHN = ROH-mah
roos-LAHN
roos-TAHM
sye-MYON = SYO-mah
syer-GYEY = sye-RYO-zhah, sye-RYO-gah
stah-nee-SLAHV = STAHS, SLAH-vah
stye-PAHN = STYO-pah
svya-toh-SLAHV = SLAH-vah
tee-mah-FYEY = TEE-mah, tee-MOH-shah
vah-DEEM = VAH-deek
vah-lyen-TEEN = VAH-lya
vah-LYE-reey = vah-LYE-rah
vah-SEE-leey = VAH-sya
VEEK-tar = VEE-tya
vee-TAH-leey = VEE-tya, vee-TAH-lya
vlah-DEE-meer = VOH-vah, vah-LOH-dya
vlah-dee-SLAHV = VLAHD, VLAH-deek, SLAH-vah
vyah-chye-SLAHV = SLAH-vah
YAH-kahf = YAH-shah
ya-roh-SLAHV = YA-reek, SLAH-vah
yeh-GOR
yev-GYE-neey = ZHEH-nya
YOO-reey = YOO-rah

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


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