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Russian Name Day for Anastasia! (Pics!)

11. November 2011 by Michelle 0 Comments

Anastasia is one of the most popular names given to females of the former Soviet Union. Like the Greek male name Anastasius, it means “resurrection” and was the name of several early saints. One of the most famous was Anastasia of Sirmium, a 4th century Christian saint who was martyred during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian.

 

The youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was also named Anastasia. Legends about her mysterious survival from her family’s massacre have circulated for years and many Russian women have claimed to be the Grand Duchess. It wasn’t until 2008 that Russian scientists finally confirmed that the 17-year-old Tsarina was indeed executed alongside her family in 1918 by the Bolshevik secret police.

 

There are hundreds of gorgeous girls named Anastasia on HotRussianBrides.com. Here are a few ladies who have recently joined the site. Click on the photos to view their profiles and wish your favorites a Happy Name Day!