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Type Surname (from nickname)
Scripts Сталин(Russian)
Pronounced Pron. STA-lyin  [key·IPA]
Other Forms FormsStalina

Meaning & History

Surname adopted by the Georgian-Soviet revolutionary and politician Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin (1878-1953), whose birth name was Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili. He adopted it from the Russian word сталь (stal) meaning "steel".
Added 12/4/2015 by HL
Edited 11/24/2020 by HL