Saturday, March 12, 2011

Russian Culture Through Names

(This commercial break is brought to you by Yegorrrrr Goryunov, because Russians names are awesome)

Found more Russian friends through simple words? But now having the urge to Russian-fy your name to blend into the sea of Russians?

Now you can has Russian Connectionushka!

A Skype call between Yegor, Anthea and myself that lasted 3:26:50 (and more) brought many interesting facts to surface. One main point discussed was the structure of names! You would like to try mixing up your name to sound Russian to impress your friends. Here are a few points to note.

1. Chinese Names
It is important to know that a certain, common name in Chinese is actually vulgar in Russian.
Taboo name!: Hui
Both Anthea and I have the pleasure of owning this name. ((( If you are a victim too, you will want to drop it from the knowledge of your Russian friends, or change your name officially if you are planning to stay in Russia.

2. Suffixes!
Russian nouns are often formed with a root word, then a suffix to change its meaning. There are masculine and feminine nouns too. And in the case of names, you can add suffixes (and infixes) to show affection! It's similar to Japanese (Suzanne-chan instead of Suzanne, Dennis-kun instead of Dennis). It's also similar to how Theodore becomes Teddy.
Original: Suzanne
Affectionate: Suzannushka
There are many rules to this. (Just like Japanese: -chan, -kun, -tan, -san...) For more info, please look at Russian diminutives or refer to Yegor. :D

3. Last Names
Look on the internet for an interesting Russian last names such as Ivanov, Smirnov... then adopt it for yourself! If you're a female, add an -a behind it. A classic example would be "Maria Sharapova". Females often adopt their husband's last name, although this is not compulsory. You can also have compound last name when you get married too!
Male: Jeremy Egorov
Female: Natasha Fedorova
Compound: Natasha Egorov-Fedorova

4. Middle Names
Middle names are taken from your father. Depending on the name, you'll have to add the corresponding suffix at the back, which may be quite confusing for foreign people to know which suffix belongs to which. Then again, that's why we have Yegor. :D
Your Name: Anthea
Father's Name: Nicholas (Nikolas for Russians)
Results: Anthea Nikolayevna
Also note that usually, when you are referring to someone more senior or having higher authority over you, you refer to them only by their first name and middle name.

With all these added knowledge about your Russian friends, we wish you good luck at hooking 
up with one in hopes of officially changing your name into a Russian one! )))

(The author apologises in advance for any incorrect information, and will not be held responsible for any unfortunate events due to your self-made Russian name. Please refer to a professional before creating a Russian name.) 

Quote of the Day: "The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises." - Leo Buscaglia

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