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Ukrainian names are given names that originated in Ukraine. In addition to the given names, Ukrainians also have patronymic and family names (surnames; see: Ukrainian surnames).

Ukrainian given names

Diminutive and hypocoristic forms are male names native to the Ukrainian language that have either an empty inflexional suffix (Івась, Павлусь, Гриць) or the affixes , -ик (Славко, Грицько, Василько, Андрійчик, Петрик, Дмитрик).[1] Female names have the affixes -ся, -йка, -нька, (Катруся, Гануся, Соломійка, Надійка, Марієнька, Христинонька).

As in most cultures, a person has a given name chosen by his or her parents. First names in East Slavic languages mostly originate from one of three sources: Orthodox church tradition (which derives from sources of Greek origin), Catholic church tradition (of Latin origin), or native pre-Christian Slavic origins. Pre-Christian wishful names were given in the hope of controlling the fate of the people. For instance, to scare away evil, children were given names derived from dangerous predatory animals, while the names of Shchasny (Happy) or Rozumnyk (Smart) was supposed to make them happy or smart respectively.[2]

Most names have several diminutive forms.

Popular Ukrainian male given names

Popular Ukrainian female given names

See also


  1. ^ Iatsenko, Ganna (2019-01-01). "Philosophy of a Name: Ukrainian Context". Beytulhikme. 9 (2): 437–451. doi:10.18491/beytulhikme.1477. ISSN 1303-8303. S2CID 198520705.
  2. ^ Chernovatyi, Leonid; Schochenmaier, Eugen (2023). Reference Dictionary of Ukrainian Names. Mondonomo. p. x. ISBN 978-953-50455-0-2.