Family names are arranged from the most common to the least common. Ivanov This last name is derived from the first name Ivan, which means “God’s grace.” The family name Ivanov is common in major Russian regional centers, and especially in the North-West of Russia.The last name Ivanov has a lot of derivatives: Vanin, Vankin, Vanyushin, Ivashov, Ivashin, Ivashkin Ivashutin, Ivashchenkov, Ivanenkov, Ivanischev, Ivankov and so on. Smirnov This last name is derived from the Russian name Smyrnoi, which means “meek.” It is especially prevalent in the Volga region of Russia. Kuznetsov Kuznetsov directly points to the occupation – “kuznets” in Russian is a blacksmith.Sophia The name Sophia in Greek means “wisdom.” The name Sophia was very popular in Russia in the pre-revolutionary period (more than 100 years ago).Today it is the most popular name that is given in Moscow to newborn girls.
In Russian Orthodox Church priests are allowed to marry and have children, in contrast to Catholics.
Aleksandr The name Aleksandr for many years remains one of the most popular male names in Moscow.
Only in recent years the name Aleksandr has given way to the name Artem. Maksim Maksim in Latin means “the greatest.” The name Maksim has become popular in Moscow only recently. In recent years the name Maksim is one top three male names that are given to boys in Moscow.
The name Alexey in Greek means “defender.” From the name Alexey a lot of Russian family names are derived: Alexin, Alenin, Alekhin, Aleshin, Lelikov, Lenkov, Lyashev, Oleshin, and others. Lebedev This last name is derived from the male nickname Lebed. In ancient Russian mythology, eagle – is the lord of the heavens: strong, healthy and long-lived.
Artem For the last two years the most popular name in Moscowgiven to the boyswas the name Artem, which in Greek means “unscathed.” Artem is a trendy name today; it literally broke into the top ten most popular names, and today – it is on the top of the list.