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[Opinions] Russian Names
Hi !!!!I have an important question for you...My sister loves Russia so she had chosen a university course about Russian Literature.Her lecturer told that in 1800s there was a very strong difference between names for nobilty and names for lowerclass people.Someone of you who is Russian or interested in Russian things can give me more information or examples about this case? What kind of names were used for nobilty and what names for lowerclass?Byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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I studied Russian, and I've never heard anything like this. I also had a very quick google and can't find anything about it. I can find no evidence for this statement, in short.Names like Yekaterina and Anastasiya, Nikolai and Ivan were and are used by people from all walks of life.Maybe he meant that the serfs had more Slavic or ethnic (Tartar, Bashkir, Chechen, Chuvash, Mari etc) names, or more often went by informal diminutive forms of address, eg, Masha rather than Marya, Dasha for Darya, Nastya for Anastasiya, etc. For a while the upper classes were a bit obsessed with Western/French culture and wanted to be more French than Slavic, so that might have influence name choices too, or at least what they styled themselves as.And maybe serfs would naturally pick less 'elaborate' names, but I can promise you that Anastasiya and Nikolai and Yekaterina don't have and never really had the whole OTT 'regal' vibe in Russia that they do here. Other than that, I've never heard anything like it, and would be hesitant to believe it...I will say that there are two or three names I've heard being referred to as old-fashioned housemaid/servant names - Anfisa, Polina and Faina.
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Hi !!!!Thank you a lot!!! :) :)
It is exacly what we were meaning..But...Can you suggest us more names?
We need some examples...What names are more Western/French?
What names are more Slavic/Ethnic?Byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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Well to be honest none really. Most modern Russian names were used by royalty. Names like Anastasia, Maria, Petya, Liza and Aleksandr were just everyday Russian names. In Russia there's this thing where you have to include a male family members in your own so it was common for everybody. In fact it's manditory
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