Many men communicating with Ukraine girls online get confused with their names. At first, lets 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 childs fathers 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 persons life that is why they pay attention to names 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, Natalias 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.