Interesting beautiful Russian girl names. Pretty female names in English

Many Russian names aren't Russian in origin. They were adopted from the Greek language as well as the Christian religion. All the old Russian names were gradually displaced by church names which came to Russia from Byzantium with the introduction of Christianity. Old Russian names were entirely forgotten in the XVIII-XIX centuries, and Christian names considerably changed their face to accomodate the features of Russian pronunciation.

It's a list of old (Russian calendar, old Russian and Common Slaviс) interesting Russian girl names.

The name Bazhena relates to an array of old Russian names. The name originated as a female form from the male name Bazhen which means "ardently desired and warm-hearted". This name goes back to the old Russian word "bazhenie". In other words "desire, mercy, and compassion".
In old times the naming Bazhena belonged to pet sobriquets expressed "love and care to a newborn child" and was a cognate to such family circle namings as "dear", "honey", "darling", and "precious".

Also a “Bazhoniy” child – a long-awaited, “begged, solicited from God” baby - was named Bazhen/Bazhena.

Initially these namings were used as secular, lay namings.

The name Lada is a slavic name. It means “cute” and “wife”. In the Slavic mythology Lada was the goddess of love and beauty. The word “lada” in the old Russian language meant “spouse”. It was the meaning which was given to this word in Slovo o polku Igoreve. The word Lada can either be neutral or feminine.

The name Olga is a great monument to the old Russian written language and culture. It can tell much about the history of old Russia and relationships between Russians and other nations. The name Olga came in Russia in IX-X centuries along with the names Oleg, Rurik, and Igor. Scandinavian by its origin, it goes back to the word Helga with the meaning “holy”.

Olga (after being christened Elena), grand Russian princess, Igor Rurikovich's wife, was the first famous bearer of this name in Russia.

Saint grand princess Olga is esteemed as “the first Russian Christian” and “Russian princes' foremother”.

The origin of the name Svetlana is debated, and there are three theories. According to the first theory, the name was made up and used for the first time by Vostokov A.H. in his romance Svetlana i Mstislav (1802). It got wide popularity after the poet Vasily Andreyevich Zhukovsky had published his ballad Svetlana. There is a theory that Pushkin made up this name.

According to the second theory, the name was used by the Slavs in Russia, and Vostokov took it from forgotten names. The name Svetlana is a slavic, Russian name. It was formed by putting together two notions “svet” and “lan”. “Svet” literally means “light” (a noun), “lan” means “land” in old Russian. The name Svetlana means “The light of the Earth”, and its cut version – just “shining”. Sveta means “light” (an adjective).

The third theory says that the name is a loan translation of the Greek name Fotinia, under which Orthodox believers holds christening. The name Fotinia is literally translated from the Greek language as “light” (a noun).

Our ancestors believed that every word bears in itself a certain supply of energy, and a person's naming has real magic power.

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