Russian Name Days are celebrated much like birthdays, with people sending congratulations through cards, flowers, and simple well wishes. Even though most Russian and Ukrainian women are right in them middle of hectic holiday celebrations, they still like to take the time to remember their namesake and honor the saint they were named after.
There are many Russian ladies' names to celebrate in January, from very popular ones like Anastasia and Tatyana to more unique names like Evgenia and Ksenia. If you're chatting with any Russian brides who share these names, consider sending some special messages on their name days!
Ulyana - January 3
Ulyana is a variant of the Latin name Julia. It means “youthful” and women sharing this name usually do exude a “young at heart” type of attitude. She may also go by a similar name like Uliana. This name was very common in the past and has recently seen a growing popularity again.
Anastasia - January 4
Anastasia is a very popular name with many different variants. A Russian woman with this name may also go by Anna, Nastya, Tasia, Stasha, or many others. Ask her which nicknames she prefers! Anastasia means “resurrection” and is commonly associated with the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia, who was the youngest daughter of Nicholas II, the last Russian czar.
Evgenia - January 6
Evgenia is from the Greek origin name Eugenia. It means “well-born, noble”. Women with this name tend to be very loyal and understanding.
Klavdia - January 6
Klavdia is from the Roman female name Claudia.
Lidia - January 19
Maria - January 19
Maria is another very common name with a long European history. It is said to mean “rebellious” so a Russian lady sharing this name may be feisty!
Tatyana - January 25
Tatyana is another name with many different spellings, but this day is very popular among students with all names. Tatyana Day is also known as Students' Day and is greatly celebrated because on January 25th, 1775, Empress Elizabeth signed the decree to establish the Moscow University.
Nina - January 27
Nina may be the short form of the Russian lady’s name Annina, meaning “favor, grace”.
Ksenia - January 31
Ksenia is a Ukrainian and Russian form of the Greek name Xenia, which means “hospitality” in Greek.
Russian Name Days occur all throughout the year, with some names even honored with multiple days. Focus on learning more about Russian culture this year so you can impress more ladies and find your match faster!