Russian male names and their meanings (alphabetically)
Most of the Russian male names that we come across on a daily basis are so familiar and familiar to us that we take them as Russian names, especially without thinking about their origin. In fact, the genuinely Russian of them in the modern society remained literally a few. Indeed, Russian male names that have Slavic roots turned out to be eventually supplanted by names of Greek, Latin (Roman), Jewish, Scandinavian origin. Today, most of the male names borrowed long ago from other nations are considered Russian, although in fact they have foreign roots.
Russian male names of Slavic origin
Among the first male names that appeared in Russia, there are very few of those who have “survived” to this day. The overwhelming majority of truly Russian Slavic male names have long been forgotten and exist only in the archival materials left by our ancestors. A pity, because these are very beautiful male names!
Russian male names of Greek origin
Borrowed male Greek names have taken root in almost all European languages. They are in Russian. Many Russian male names of foreign origin are of Greek origin. After the adoption of Christianity in Russia, children were given names at baptism. The priest chose the name of the child according to the Holy Week.
Russian male names of Latin (Roman) origin
Among the Russian male names there are many who have Latin roots. The meaning of these male names is based on Latin origin.
Russian male names of Jewish origin
Many male names also have Jewish roots. Even, it would seem, the Russian name Ivan is actually of Jewish origin, and it is derived from the Hebrew word Yahweh, which means - God has mercy.
Russian male names of Soviet origin
Unusual "new" male names came up during the boom period for neologisms in the USSR. Some of these male names were known before, but in consonance with the realities of the Soviet era, they became more widespread.
In ancient Russia, they believed that along with the name, men transmitted those properties that are enclosed in the lexical meaning.It was believed that one should not communicate his name to a stranger in order not to be influenced by his witchcraft. Ancient male Russian names and their meanings were peculiar characteristics of people.
It so happened that Russian male names are represented in only native Russian names, but also in Greek, Roman, Hebrew. That is why the choice of names for parents is great. In Russian families, parents can give their son any name they like. Honoring ancestors and traditions, Russians call their sons in honor of grandfathers and great-grandfathers, prominent historical figures, politicians, and artists.
I must say that most of the modern Russian male names do not really have Slavic or Russian origin. And all because in the 19th century they forgot about the original Russian names, replacing them with more sonorous and interesting Byzantine, Greek, Babylonian and Syrian names.
Hebrew names such as Daniel, Gabriel, Zakhar, and Semen are now very popular in Russian families. And all because they are beautiful, sonorous, but quite strong and strong-willed.
If you do not want to deviate from the traditions and go to give your son a traditional Russian male name, then look at the following names: Bronislav, Bogdan, Vladimir, Gleb,Yaroslav. Agree, these Russian male names are not devoid of nobility, strength, courage, typical of strong and hardy Russian heroes.