Nicknames: Sne, Snea, Jana
Detail: Derived from the Slavic word snežan meaning “snowy”.
Nicknames: Ox, Oxi, Oka, Xana, Xani
Ukrainian form of the Greek Xenia, meaning “hospitality “.
Xenia was a 5th century saint.
- Aksinya (Russian)
- Ksenia (Polish)
- Ksenija (Slovene, Croatian)
- Oksana (Ukrainian, Russian)
- Oxana (Ukrainian, Russian)
- Senja (Finnish)
- Xena (Modern)
- Xene (Greek)
- Xenia (Greek)
- Zena (English)
- Zenia (English)
Details: Old short form of Slavic names beginning with the element volod meaning “rule”.
Vlad Dracula, a 15th-century prince of Wallachia, was Bram Stoker’s inspiration for the name of his vampire, Count Dracula.
Meaning: “Holy, blessed.”
Pronunciation: (OL-gah); (AWL-gah)
Nicknames: Oli, Ola, Olgi, Olya
Details: Russian form of Helga. From the from Old Norse name Helgi, derived from heilagr meaning “holy, blessed”.
The 10th-century Saint Olga was the wife of Igor I.
Origin: Russian from Greek
Meaning: “God is gracious.”
Nicknames: Iva, Ivi, Ina, Vana
Feminine form of Ivan, derived from Greek Ioannes “God is gracious”.
Meaning: “Favor, grace.”
Nicknames: Miley, Leva
Detail: Mileva Maric was one of the first women to study math and physics in Europe; she and one of her fellow students, Albert Einstein, were later married.
Meaning: “The one who belongs to the Earth.”
Nicknames: Zemi, Mina
Detail: The Lithuanian Earth Goddess.