The name can say a lot about a person, as well as determine a human fate. This is applied to all nations and countries that a person belongs to. It originated from ancient times when a newborn child was given the name associated with an important event or calendar date. The names of people from different countries cause a lot of interest. So do the Ukrainian girls’ names.
Today, we are going to talk about the most popular female names in Ukraine and understand their meaning better. We’ll also offer a showcase of the most popular Ukrainian celebrities bearing popular Ukrainian names.
Origins of Slavic names
Ukraine belongs to the group of Slavic countries. Russia, Belarus, Poland, Bulgaria, Slovenia, and other countries from Eastern Europe belong to the same group as well. All of them have some common name-giving traditions. If you compare the most popular names in Slavic countries, then you will be surprised to find out that they are similar in most of the aforementioned countries.
Speaking about Ukraine, it has been the heart of Eastern Europe since 1500. Babies were given the names that were popular on the territory of Kievan Rus. Such names were traditionally representing some features and characteristics of the appearance of people or described certain traits of character. Back then, the names were inspired by natural phenomena, animals, and creatures that represented certain powers. For example, some of the Ukrainian names that were popular in 1500 and are still quite common nowadays include:
- Zoryana (means ‘stellar’),
- Ludmila (‘beloved by people’),
- Svetlana (‘bright earth’),
- Bogdana (‘given by God’),
- Zhadana (‘desirable’).
Some of the most charming Ukrainian girls’ names given to children were Slavic Gods’ names, like Lada, Kupala, Morena. However, this tradition disappeared when Christianity came to Kievan Rus.
Still, there are so many beautiful Ukrainian women’s names! Recently, some traditional names from Western Europe started to gain popularity among Ukrainians as well. That is why contemporary Ukrainian female names are so diverse. Let’s take a look at the most popular Ukrainian women’s names and come up with pictures of famous Ukrainian ladies that were named accordingly.
10 most popular Ukrainian women names
Anna [‘ænə] – meaning “favor” or “grace” or “beautiful”.
Anna Rizatdinova is a Ukrainian individual rhythmic gymnast.
Anna Gomonova became the first vice-miss of the prestigious competition Mrs Top of the World in Delhi.
Anastasiya [ænəˈsteɪʒə] is a Russian and Ukrainian form of Latin Anastasia, meaning resurrection.
DJ Nastia (Anastasiya Topolska) is the 8th of the chart of the top 10 of the world’s best DJs.
Anastasia Prikhodko is a Ukrainian activist, politician, and former singer-songwriter.
Kateryna [ˌkætəˈriːnə] is a Ukrainian form of Katherine, meaning pure.
Kateryna Kuznetsova – Ukrainian actress.
Kateryna Kukhar is a Ukrainian prima ballerina of the National Opera of Ukraine. People’s Artist of Ukraine (since 2018).
Julia [ ˈʤuːlɪə ] is a girl’s name of Latin origin meaning “youthful”.
Yulia Tymoshenko is a Ukrainian politician.
Yuliya Andriyivna Levchenko is a Ukrainian high jumper.
Daria [ˈdɑːriə] is a girl’s name of Russian origin. It means nice, energetic.
Daria “Dasha” Astafieva is a Ukrainian model, singer, and actress.
Dasha Tregubova is a Ukrainian television host, actress, producer, scriptwriter, and film director.
Maria [ məˈrɪə ] is a girl’s name of Aramaic, Latin origin, It means “bitter or wished-for child”.
Masha “Maria” Efrosinina is a Ukrainian television host.
Maria Sobko is a Ukrainian singer.
Marina [məˈriːnə] is a girl’s name of Latin origin. It means “from the sea”.
Marina Poroshenko was the First Lady of Ukraine. Also she is the wife of former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
Marina Kuhar is a Ukrainian journalist and television host.
Alina [əˈliːnə] is a girl’s name of Slavic origin. It means “bright, beautiful”.
Alina Grosu is a Ukrainian singer and actress.
Alina Astrovskaya – Ukrainian television host, singer, actress.
Sasha [ˈsæʃə] is a girl’s name of Russian origin meaning “defending men”.
Oleksandra Nikolayenko-Ruffin is a Ukrainian model and actress.
Irina [ ɪˈriːnə ] means Peace and is of Russian origin
Iryna Bilyk is a Ukrainian singer, songwriter, and People’s Artist of Ukraine.
Iryna Fedyshyn is a Ukrainian pop-singer.
5 traditional Ukrainian girl names
- Tatiana – this is one of the most popular name in Ukraine. It originated from the Latin language, meaning mistress. Girls who have this name are usually elegant, wise, and energetic personalities. The short and informal versions are Tanya, Tanechka, and Tanyusha.
- Anastasiya – the name has a Greek origin, meaning brought to life. The Ukrainian women called so are incredibly positive and cheerful. The diminutive form of the name Anastasia is Nastya, tender and more informal version – Nastenka.
- Oksana – the name has a Greek origin, meaning hospitality. The name bearers are open-hearted and hospitable.
- Katerina – as mentioned above, the name means purity and innocence. Katya is a short form of the name, but in conversations with foreigners, they would not mind calling them Catherine or Kate.
- Yulia – the name originated from Greek, meaning fluffy. Most girls called Julia seems to be naive and simple-minded. however, their major advantages are sincerity and kindness.
3 most popular female names on Ukrainian dating sites
You can find a lot of charming girls with beautiful Ukrainian dates on dating sites. Three of the most popular Ukrainian girls’ names that we came across on the VictoriyaClub website are Anna, Julia, and Anastasiya. Just take a look at those pretties. They can easily compete with celebrities that are listed above!
Over to you
Like every person on this planet is unique, so is every name that a human bares. There are so many charming Ukrainian women names that sound so nice and bring positive meanings!
Is the name of the person who will become your second half very important to you? Do you believe that a person’s character depends on his or her name? Have you ever had such an experience when a girl that you met had absolutely opposite traits of character compared to what her name symbolized?
Please share your thoughts and ideas with us in the comments block below this article.
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