Rodion


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Russian

Meaning: “Song of the hero.”

Pronunciation: (RAH-dee-on)

Nicknames: Rod, Rodo

Detail: Rodion comes from the Greek name Heroides meaning “song of the hero” from heros “hero, warrior” and oides “song, ode”.

Rodion is the central character of Crime and Punishment by Feodor Dostoevsky.

Avdotya


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Russian from Greek

Meaning: “Pleasure; delight; to seem well.”

Pronunciation: (ahv-DOHT-yah)

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.