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Russian Name Day for Lidia and Maria!

18. January 2011 by Michelle 0 Comments

January 19th is a Russian Name Day for Lidia and Maria. These cultural occassions help men learn more about their favorite Russian brides and serve as great conversation starters with new ladies. 


Do you know any Russian women named Lidia? Many believe this name originated in Greece and means "woman from Lydia", which was an ancient region in Asia Minor known for its two rich kings, Midas and Croesus. It also became popular in Victorian England as a noble and affluent name.


One of the greatest and best-loved performers of Russian folk songs was named Lidia Ruslanova. Another famous Russian musician is Lydia Kavina, one of the world's best theremin players. The eerie-sounding, electronic instrument was invented by her great-uncle, Leon Theremin.


The other name celebrated on January 19th is popular in many diverse cultures. Maria is said to have several meanings, such as "beloved" in Hebrew and "the sea" in Latin. Russian and Ukrainian women with this name often spell it “Mariya” or go by the nickname “Masha”.


Plenty of hot Russian girls share this name, especially sexy athletes such as Maria Sharapova, Maria Kirilenko, and Maria Verchenova. The name Masha is well known in the Russian folktale Masha and the Bear, as well as the heroine of Pushkin’s novel The Captain’s Daughter and as one of The Three Sisters, a play by Anton Chekhov.


Click on the photos below to see more of these gorgeous girls, plus check back next week as we celebrate three more Russian Name Days!