Origin: Russian from Greek
Meaning: “Pleasure; delight; to seem well.”
Nicknames: Ava, Avda; Duni
Detail: Russian variation of the Greek Eudokia.
Dunja is a diminutive form of Avdotya.
Dunja also means “quince” in the South Slavic languages, a quince being a type of fruit.
In Crime and Punishment, Avdotya is as clever, proud, and beautiful as her brother Rodion, the protagonist, but she is also ethical and kindhearted. She is called Dunya (DOON-yah), Dounia or Dunechka for short.