The name pool in Russia is smaller than in the States I think. As stated on a Russian maternity website “Называть детей необычными именами в России не принято.” (Giving your children unusual names in Russia is not commonly done.) Nevertheless, the ЗАГС does keep a running list of the country’s most popular baby names.
In 2011 Russia’s most popular baby names (according to this website) were as follows:
I thought it was interesting that Sofia was the top girl baby name in both the U.S. and Russia in 2011…
My favorite Russian baby names are Constantine, Oleg, and Gleb for boys and Maria and Zoya for girls….
What are your favorite baby names (Russian or otherwise)??