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Do you want to know how to write your name in Russian?

We’ll be honest with you—one of the questions we get asked the most on RussianPod101 is on — yes, you guessed it — names. The most frequently asked questions include:

  • “How do you write an English name in Russian?”
  • “Is it possible to make a nickname up and ask native Russian speakers to use it?”
  • “Are there any Russian names that sound like English names?”

For those who want to have their name in Russian, we have made it simple for you to write your name today. Yes, today! This post is your one-stop guide regarding Russian names!
 

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  • Write your name in the English alphabet. Our Russian teachers might not speak your language :’(
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1. How to Write Your Name in Russian

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Russian people use the Cyrillic alphabet to write English names. To write your English name in Russian, first you need to know the basics of the alphabet.

The easiest way is to find a Cyrillic letter that corresponds to the pronunciation of your Russian name. For example, if your name is “Maya,” you can use the letter м for the “m” sound,” а for “a” sound, then я for “ya” sound. You just need to put them together and write Мая for “Maya.”

Russian Alphabet Letters

Here are some English names in the Cyrillic alphabet.

  • Noah (Ной)
  • Jacob (Джейкоб)
  • Michael (Майкл)
  • Daniel (Дэниел)
  • Sandra (Сандра)
  • George (Джордж)
  • Thomas (Томас)
  • Elena (Елена)

If you cannot find your name on this list or want to make your name in the Cyrillic alphabet by yourself, here’s our video series for you. Check out Russian Alphabet Made Easy and learn how to write the Cyrillic characters for your English name.

This will help you learn the Cyrillic alphabet and start writing your name in Russian by yourself!

 

2. How to Make Up Your Russian Nickname

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How to Make Up Your Russian Name
 

If you want to have your own Russian name that sounds like a typical name that any native speaker could read and understand without problems, don’t worry.

Here’s a list of Russian names hand-picked by our team. Pick the one that you like and use it as your Russian name.

 

A. Russian First Names

- a. Russian Female Names

  • Марина (Marina)
  • Ира (Ira)
  • Оксана (Oksana)
  • Линда (Linda)
  • Анна (Anna): Аня (Anya) is diminutive of Anna.
  • Елена (Elena)
  • Катя (Katya)

- b. Russian Male Names

  • Паша (Pasha)
  • Денис (Denis)
  • Иван (Ivan)
  • Юра (Yura)
  • Александр (Alexander)
  • Витя (Vitya)
  • Коля (Kolya)
  • Алексей (Alexey)

B. Russian Last Names

For those who want to have your own Russian last name too, here’s the list of popular Russian last names.

  • Иванов (Ivanov)
  • Марков (Markov)
  • Орлов (Orlov)
  • Попов (Popov)
  • Уткин (Utkin)
  • Волков (Volkov)
  • Медведев (Medvedev)
  • Борисов (Borisov)
  • Андреев (Andreev)

 

3. Related Lessons

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Writing Series
 
In this video series, you will learn the Russian alphabet. We will teach you how to write them using simple steps, showing you the correct stroke order, helpful tricks for memorization, and proper usage in common Russian words. If you want to get started reading and writing Russian, this is THE place to start.

 

Introduction to Russian
 
Want to learn Russian? Don’t know where to start? This is it. The Introduction to Russian series is perfect for those who know zero Russian but want to take that first step. In this series, you’ll learn all about the Russian language, as well as grammar, writing and phrases to get you started.

 

Russian Pronunciation Guide
 
Ready to sound like a native Russian speaker? Join us in the Ultimate Russian Pronunciation Series! You’ll learn the ins and outs of perfect Russian pronunciation. You’ll learn the common mistakes learners make, how to avoid them, and the nuances that only native speakers are aware of.

 

Russian in 3 Minutes
 
Learn the basics you need to be polite while speaking Russian. We will take you step-by-step through must-know phrases and explain the grammar and composition. Plus, you’ll get some special tips on how to be extra authentic when interacting with native Russian speakers.

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Hello Karis Kroeker,


Your name is Карис.


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Hello Dylan Gottschaldt,


Валевский.


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What will my name be? I am Karis.

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Hello Neha Eliza Tiju,


It is - Неха Элиза.

Regarding Tiju - I need to know pronunciation.


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Hello Neha Eliza Tiju,


It will be Неха.


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Hello Neha Eliza Tiju,


You could consider transcribing your name using the IPA phonetic symbols so that it becomes obvious how your name is pronounced. In the meantime, we can write it down in Russian but it might not reflect the way your name is pronounced.


Hope this helps. Waiting for your response!


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How can I let you guys know how the pronunciation of my name is?

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How do I write my name 'Neha Eliza Tiju' in Russian?

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Neha