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Old Russian female name: traditions and meanings


In recent years, it has become fashionable to call children rare names. When a girl was born to me, I wanted to name her in accordance with the traditions of the ancestors, so I drew attention to the Old Slavonic names. They are harmonious, and each has its own meaning. I want to tell you how you used to choose a name for the girl, what traditions existed.

Old Slavonic names

Rare names are, of course, beautiful, but it’s worth thinking about their meaning. It is important that a child not be bullied at school and in adulthood. In addition, the names must correspond to the area in which the girl was born.

Studying old Slavic female names is quite difficult. Each of them has several meanings that depend on family, regional traditions and the way of life of a society of a particular region of the country.

Female old Russian names are rare, most of them have a beautiful sound. But still, choosing a name for a girl is quite difficult, because in the future she will become the keeper of the home and mother.

Real Slavic names are rare now with Russia not because they are not harmonious, but because over time the people mixed up, bringing their traditions and customs to Russia. Children began to be called Germanic, Greek or even Latin names. Now many sincerely consider them Russian, but this is not so.

The custom of choosing a name for a child

Old Slavic customs are very beautiful, although modern people may seem a bit strange. In fact, our ancestors lived in peace with nature itself.

Russia had its own traditions of naming children. It should be noted that the names of the babies were not given. They were called temporary nicknames, or even by seniority - the first, second or oldest, middle, younger, etc.

The ritual of naming was performed when girls were 9-16 years old. Until that time, they usually watched the child in order to notice his personal qualities and personality traits. It is now accepted to think that the name affects the lives of people. In the old days it was believed that the name should reflect the character and talk about the identity of the carrier.

BTW! The name could not be one. This tradition still lives to some extent, as many give each other nicknames.

Each girl born in the family had its own purpose. It made a big difference when choosing a name. Many factors were taken into account:

  • personal characteristics of the child;
  • her role as the keeper of the home, the future wife and mother;
  • associations with gods.

The time of the naming ritual was also not accidental. For this, we also observed the qualities that were most clearly manifested in the girl:

  • if she showed signs of a future healer or a witch, then the child was named at the age of 9;
  • those who showed themselves as a future warrior or ruler at the age of 12;
  • if there were no such signs, the name was given at the age of 16.
  • When it came time to name the child, the name was given according to the following principles:
  • based on the character of the child;
  • in honor of one of the ancestors, whose traits she inherited most clearly. For example, if a girl showed an interest in witchcraft, then they would name the ancestor, the witch, in honor of her, if she was an excellent cook, then a woman with similar talents was looked for in the family;
  • to the glory of the ancestral goddess-protector. In this case, it was hoped that the deity would protect the child and protect it from harm and evil forces.

Name Features

As mentioned above, the Old Slavonic names sound beautiful and are mostly consonant with their meaning. Conditionally divided into several types:

  1. Two roots Such names have two roots. For example, Miroslav, Lyubomila, Svetozara. As you can see, in these words are two bases that reflect the essence of the name.
  2. Based on participles. An example is the name Zhdana, Zhelan, etc.
  3. Reflective nature of the child. These names include - Zabava, Veselina, Milan.
  4. Derived from the names of deities - Ogneyar (fire Yarila).
  5. Special names, which were called only the children of rulers and leaders.

The ritual itself was performed by the sorcerer (or priest). During the ceremony, the girl was washed, as if washing away from her the former nickname, and then they nicknamed her permanent name. It is interesting that the girls washed in the lake, i.e. still water, and boys - in the river, i.e. the water needed was flowing.

BTW! Sometimes the names changed. This happened if a different nickname was assigned to a woman. Then the rite was performed anew, so that before the gods the girl was pure.

How to choose the old Russian female name

To call a child rarely and beautifully any mother wants. But the name must be euphonic. This especially applies to female names.

The fact is that in the old days people believed in the magic power of the name. It was believed that it gives man the power of nature itself and the protection of the Gods. And the woman, like the future wife and mother, needed protection most of all.

BTW! The name can be thought up independently, based on the ancient Slavic customs. Precedents have already happened. But it should be remembered that the newly thought-out name, even a very beautiful Old Russian, is not. And if you intend to baptize a child, the priest may refuse to perform the rite or name a child with another name during the baptism of the child.


Based on the foregoing, we can draw conclusions: