Top 76 Russian Boys Names

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Feeling frazzled and frustrated that you just can’t find ‘that’ baby boy name even though you've been through every baby names list under the sun?

If you feel like you’re losing at the baby names game and are starting to doubt that you’ll ever find a baby boy name that you just know is ‘the one’, please don’t despair; this feeling is completely and utterly normal. Close your eyes, and try to see the search of boys names as a fun treasure hunt with a very special prize at the end.

To give you a helping hand in finding your favourite names for boys,  we’ve put together a fantastic list of some of the most popular Russian boys names. The biggest country in the world (it’s double the size of Australia!), Russia is home to 120 ethnic groups, speaking over a hundred languages. This wonderful mix of cultural influences can be seen in Russia’s rich array of inspiringly beautiful baby boy names.

In Russia, babies are generally given three names; a first name, a patronymic, and a surname.  The patronymic, or middle name, created by taking the father's name and an ending; for baby boys, this is usually "ovich" or "evich". It's popular for Russian baby boys and girls to be named after a Saint have an annual "name day" celebration on the same date that their namesake is honoured.  

Popular Russian Boys Names

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Many popular names for boys in Russia have been popular for centuries. These names are often steeped in historical meaning.

1) Abram: Pronounced AHB-rahm. Meaning “father of many nations”. Of Russian and Hebrew origin.

2) Aleksandr: Pronounced ah-leek-san-der. Meaning “defender of man”. Of Russian origin.

3) Denis: Pronounced dee-nees. Meaning “From Dionysos”. Of Russian and French origin.

4) Grisha: Pronounced GREE-shah. Meaning “to be awake” or “watchful”.  Of Russian and Greek origin.

5) Iosif: Pronounced YO-seef. Meaning “God will increase”. Of Russian, Greek and Hebrew origin.

6) Ivan: Pronounced ee-vahn. Meaning “God is gracious”. Of Russian origin.

7) Kostya: Pronounced KAWST-yah. Meaning “constant and steadfast”. Of Russian and Latin origin.

8) Matvey: Pronounced math-VYAY. Meaning “God has rewarded”. Of Russian and Hebrew origin.

9) Oleg: Pronounced ah-lee-eg. Meaning “holy”. Of Russian origin.

10) Pasha: Pronounced PAH-shah. Meaning “small and humble”. Of Russian, Czech, and Latin origin.

11) Semyon: Pronounced see-mee-yon. Meaning “God is heard”. Of Russian origin.

12) Vanya: Pronounced VAHN-yah. Meaning “God is gracious”. Of Russian and Slavic origin.

Male Russian Names Of Saints

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Russian names that come from the names of celebrated Saints are a popular choice for Russian baby boys. For decades, Alexander has been the most popular Russian boys name.  

13) Alexander: Pronounced al-eg-ZAN-der. Meaning “defender of man”. Of Greek origin.

14) Andrei: Pronounced ahn-DRYAY. Meaning “manly”. Of Greek origin.

15) Constantine: Pronounced KAHN-stan-teen. Meaning “constant” or “steadfast”. Of Latin origin.

16) Daniel: Pronounced DAN-yul. Meaning “the lord is my judge”. Of Hebrew origin.

17) Fyodor: Pronounced FYAM-dawr. Meaning “powerful ruler of the people”. Of Russian and German origin.

18) Igor: Pronounced ee-gor. Meaning “warrior”. Of Russian origin.

19) Vladimir: Pronounced vlah-DEE-meer. Meaning “ruler of the world”. Of Russian, Czech and Slavic origin.

20) Yegor: Pronounced ye-GOR. Meaning “farmer”. Of Russian and Greek origin.

Non-Binary Russian Baby Names

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If you're looking for a gender-neutral name for your baby boy, there is no shortage of popular unisex Russian names.

21) Ira: Pronounced ee-rah. Meaning “watchful one”. Of Russian and Hebrew origin.

22) Jeramie: Pronounced jer-ruh-mee. Meaning “God will uplift”. Of Russian origin.

23) Micha: Pronounced mee-khah. Meaning “who can reach God’s place”. Of Russian origin.

24) Nika: Pronounced ni-ka. Meaning “the one who is for God’s purpose”. Of Russian, Croatian, and Greek origin.

25) Nikita: Pronounced knee-kee-ta. Meaning “unbeatable”, “supreme”, or “invincible”. Of Russian and Greek origin.

26) Sasha: Pronounced SAH-sha. Meaning “protector of humanity”. Of Russian origin.

27) Shura: Pronounced shoo-rah. Meaning “man’s defender”. Of Russian and Greek origin.

28) Slava: Pronounced SLAH-vah. Meaning “person of fame”. Of Russian and Slavic origin.

29) Tasha: Pronounced tah-shah. Meaning “Christ’s birthday”.  Of Russian and Italian origin.

30) Tonya: Pronounced taw-nee-uh. Meaning “priceless”. Of Russian and Latin origin.

31) Valentin: Pronounced vah-leen-teen. Meaning “strength” or “health”. Of Russian, Bosnian, and Slavic origin.

Baby Names For Boys From Russian Culture

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Russia is famous for its incredible cultural heritage so it's no surprise that many of the popular Russian boys names come from acclaimed names in the arts.

32) Artyom: Pronounced ahr-TOM. Meaning “follower”. Of Greek and Russian origin.

33) Demyan: Pronounced dyem-YAHN. Meaning “tamer”. Of Russian and Latin origin.

34) Feliks: Pronounced FE-leeks. Meaning “happy”. Of Russian, Polish and Latin origin.

35) Lev: Pronounced lay-ev. Meaning “lion”. Of Hebrew origin.

36) Pyotr: Pronounced pee-yo-tor. Meaning “rock”. Of Russian and Greek origin.

37) Rudlof: Pronounced roo-dolf. Meaning “wolf”. Of German origin.

38) Stanislav: Pronounced stah-nee-SLAHF. Meaning “becoming famous”. Of Russian, Czech and Slavic origin.

39) Taras: Pronounced TAH-rahs. Meaning “Poseidon’s son”. Of Russian and Greek origin.

40) Timur: Pronounced tee-MOOR. Meaning “iron man”. Of Russian and Turkish origin.

Names For Boys From Russian Sporting Heroes

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Russia has a long history of sporting success, and many famous Russian names, male and female, can be seen celebrated in the country's polls of most popular names for boys.

41) Bogdan: Pronounced BAWG-dahn. Meaning “God has rendered”. Of Russian, Polish and Slavic origin.

42) Egor: Pronounced ye-GOR. Meaning “farmer”. Of Russian and Greek origin.

43) Evgeni: Pronounced yev-GYE-nee. Meaning “of noble descent. Of Russian and Greek origin.

44) Fedor: Pronounced FEH-dawr. Meaning “powerful ruler of people”. Of Russian and German origin.

45) Gavriil: Pronounced gah-vree-EEL. Meaning “strength from God”. Of Russian, Hebrew and Greek origin

46) Ilya: Pronounced eel-YAH. Meaning “Yahwe is my God”. Of Russian and Hebrew origin.

47) Maksim: Pronounced mahk-SEEM. Meaning “the great”. Of Russian and Latin origin.

48) Ruslan: Pronounced roo-SLAHN. Meaning “lion man”. Of Greek and Turkish origin.

Russian Baby Boy Names With Meanings From Nature

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More than a fifth of the world's forest are located in Russia, and the beauty of the landscape and nature features heavily in the meanings of some of the most popular Russian boys names.

49) Anatoly: Pronounced ah-na-to-lee. Meaning “sunrise”. Of Russian origin.

50) Dmitri: Pronounced di-mee-tree. Meaning “earth lover”. Of Russian and Greek origin.

51) Ermolai: Pronounced YEHR-maw-lie. Meaning “heap of stones”. Of Greek and Russian origin.

52) Kodiak: Pronounced KOHD-yahk. Meaning “an island”. Of Russian origin.

53) Kuzma: Pronounced kooz-MAH. Meaning “harmony” or “universe”. Of Russian and Greek origin.

54) Petya: Pronounced PYEH-tyah. Meaning “rock”. Of Russian and Greek origin.

55) Rodion: Pronounced rah-dee-on. Meaning “rosy”. Of Russian and Greek origin.

56) Yermolai: Pronounced YEHR-maw-lie. Meaning “heap of stones”. Of Greek and Russian origin.Yuri: Pronounced yoo-ree. Meaning “farmer”. Of Russian origin.

Russian Baby Boys Names With Beautiful Meanings

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If you want a Russian name for your baby boy that has a truly lovely meaning, then these names for boys will warm your heart.

57) Alyosha: Pronounced ah-LYAM-shah. Meaning “one who helps people”. Of Russian and Greek origin.

58) Artem: Pronounced ahr-tee-um. Meaning “healthy” or “full of energy”. Of Russian origin.

59) Faddey: Pronounced FAH-day. Meaning “gift of God”. Of Russian and Aramaic origin.

60) Feofan: Pronounced FYEH-fahn. Meaning “epiphany”. Of Russian and Greek origin.

61) Kazimir: Pronounced kah-zee-MEER. Meaning “keeper of peace”. Of Russian and Slavic origin.

62) Kliment: Pronounced klee-MYENT. Meaning “full of mercy”. Of Russian and Latin.

63) Kolya: Pronounced KAWL-yah. Meaning “victorious people”. Of Russian and Greek origin.

64) Lyosha: Pronounced LYAW-shah. Meaning “one who helps people”.  Of Russian and Greek origin.

65) Svyatopolk: Pronounced SVYIE-taw-pawlk. Meaning “celebrating people”. Of Russian and Slavic origin.

66) Volya: Pronounced VAWL-yah. Meaning “free will”. Of Russian origin.

67) Yaromir: Pronounced yah-raw-MEER. Meaning “man of peace”. Of Russian and Slavic origin.

Baby Boy Names From Russia With Strong Meanings

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Baby boy names that give a nod to strength and resilience are amongst the most popular Russian names for boys and feature heavily in the baby boy names charts.

68) Boris: Pronounced BAWR-is. Meaning “fighter”. Of Slavic origin.

69) Borya: Pronounced BAWR-yah. Meaning “battle” or “fight”. Of Russian and Slavic origin.

70) Kir: Pronounced KEER. Meaning “far sighted” or “throne”. Of Russian and Persian origin.

71) Kirill: Pronounced kee-reel. Meaning “master”. Of Russian origin.

72) Nikolai: Pronounced NI-ko-lie. Meaning “people’s triumph”. Of Russian and Greek origin.

73) Vadik: Pronounced vah-DEEK. Meaning “ruler”. Of Russian and Slavic origin.

74) Vadim: Pronounced vah-DEEM. Meaning “ruler”. Of Russian and Slavic origin.

75) Viktor: Pronounced VIK-tawr. Meaning “man of victory”. Of Russian origin,

76) Yevgeni: Pronounced yev-GYE-nee. Meaning “of noble descent”. Of Russian and Greek origin.

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