Popular Ukraine Girls Names

Many men communicating with Ukraine girls online get confused with their names.  At first, let’s see how full names in the Ukraine are composed.  All Ukrainian kids are given only a first name by his/her parents.

The middle name, so called patronymic name, is constructed of the child’s father’s first name. They usually add suffixes “ovna” for a girl and “ovich” for a boy. For example, a daughter of Ivan is Ivanovna and son is Ivanovich.  Full names are usually used when communicating with unknown people, in official situations and paperwork. They are also used to address to older people to show respect.  

The thing that people from Western countries find most confusing is shorter nicknames. Ukrainians use it only to address to family members and friends. First names in Ukraine can have so many different forms and express so many emotions.  A person can be called differently at work, at home, by friends and unknown people. 

Below is a list of most common official Ukrainian names with shorter nicknames to help you to avoid any confusion while talking to women from Ukraine.  

Ekaterina: short form – Katerina, Katya; affectionate form – Katenka, Katusha, Katechka

Elizaveta: short form – Liza, Lizaveta; affectionate form – Lizonika, Lizochka

Anastasia: short form – Nastia; affectionate form – Nastenika, Nastyusha, Nastyona

Pelageya: short form – Polina, Polia; affectionate form – Polinushka, Polushka, Polinochka

Alibina: no short form; affectionate form – Alya, Albinochka

Alina: no short form;  affectionate form – Alinushka, Alisha, Alinochka

Elena: short form – Lena; affectionate form – Lenulia, Lenusik, Lenochka

Olesya: short form – Lesya; affectionate form – Olesenika, Lesechka

Nadejda: short form – Nadya; affectionate form Nadenika, Nadechka, Nadyusha, Nadyunia

Tatyana: short form – Tanya; affectionate form Tanyusha, Tanechka

Victoriya: short form – Vika, affectionate form – Vikulia, Vikochka, Vikusik

Olga: short form – Olya; affectionate form – Olechka, Olenika, Olyusik

Natalya: short form – Natasha, Nata; affectionate form – Natusik, Natashenika, Natalka

Maria: short form – Masha; affectionate form – Mashenika, Marisha, Maniasha, Mashulia, Marusia

Darya: short form Dasha; affectionate form – Dashenika, Dashulia, Daryushka, Dashechka

Svetlana: short form – Sveta; affectionate form Svetik, Svetochka, Svetulia, Svetlanka

Aleksandra: short form – Sasha; affectionate form – Sashulia, Sashenika, Shurochka

Irina: short form – Ira; affectionate form – Irochka, Irishka, Irusik, Irisha, Irishka

Anna; short form Anya; affectionate form- Anyutka, Anechka, Anyuta, Annushka

Alevtina; short form Alya; affectionate form – Alechka, Alevtinushka 

Many Ukraine girls also have names with old Slavic roots, in example Stepanida, Glafira, Bojena, Svetozara, Darina. In the modern Ukraine, it is becoming common to give children the names that sound very European, in example, Dominica, Evelina, Karina, Daniella, Violetta.  Ukrainian people believe that name can affect a person’s life that is why they pay attention to name’s origin and meaning. In example, Daria is of Persian origin and means “strong, winning”. Tatiana is of Greek origin and means “appointed, set”. In Ukraine there is an old tradition to name children after the names of Saints whose holidays were celebrated on the day the babe was born. Giving an example, Natalia’s name day is on 8th of September.  

When you start communicating with a Ukrainian woman, it is better to ask her first how she prefers to be called. This way you will avoid any confusion.