115 Ukrainian Baby Names With Meanings

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Ukraine, the second largest nation in Europe, is a country with more than a thousand years of tradition and history, originating in antiquity. The land of fertile agricultural plains and heavy industry has some beautiful and unique Ukranian names added in its kitty. It is also renowned for its beautiful people, delicious food, and unmatched landscape.

As per traditional Slavic naming customs, Ukrainian people are supposed to have a tripartite name, which includes a given name, patronymic name, and family name. But the full name is mostly used in official documents, not in day-to-day life. As with most cultures, the given name of a Ukrainian baby is selected by the parents. The first names originate from the two primary sources – Orthodox church tradition, which is of Greek origin, and Catholic church tradition, which is of Latin origin. Slavic-origin names are also familiar to the Ukrainians. Also, the names have to be gender specific, even though they can be derived from the same roots.

While in most cases, Ukrainians have a single first name or given name, in rare instances, doubled or two first names could also be provided, separated by a hyphen. Additionally, some given names in Ukraine are derived from Russian names, especially among ethnic minorities. Although Ukrainian names may seem to be similar to Russian names, some either differ from Russian names by a few letters, or have varied suffixes. For example Dmitri is a Russian name, which takes the form of Dmitro in Ukrainian; similarly, Alexey, a Russian name is spelled Oleksiy in Ukrainian (2).

For the nicknames, Ukrainians mostly use diminutives of the given names, such as Andy for Andriy and Anna for Anastasiya. Anastasiya and Oleksander have been the most popular names in Ukraine for ages. But if you want something less common for your child, take a look at our list of Ukraine baby boy and girl names below.

NameGenderMeaning
heart image Aleksander Baby Boy Sign Boy Defender of mankind
heart image Anastasia Baby Girl Sign Girl Resurrection; Coming again
heart image Andriy Baby Boy Sign Boy Form of Andrew; Manly and strong
heart image Anichka Baby Girl Sign Girl Grace; A graceful woman
heart image Anna Baby Boy Sign Boy Grace; Favor
heart image Antin Baby Boy Sign Boy Worthy of praise; Priceless
heart image Artem Baby Boy Sign Boy Shorter version of Artemas; Variant of Artemis
heart image Bodashka Baby Boy Sign Boy God's gift
heart image Bohdana Baby Girl Sign Girl Given by God
heart image Bohdanko Baby Boy Sign Boy God's gift
heart image Bohuslava Baby Girl Sign Girl A woman who always glorifies the almighty.
heart image Borysko Baby Boy Sign Boy A warrior; One who is capable of fighting
heart image Boryslav Baby Boy Sign Boy One who likes fighting for fame
heart image Danilo Baby Boy Sign Boy God has been a judge
heart image Danylets Baby Boy Sign Boy God is my judge
heart image Danylko Baby Boy Sign Boy Judge; A person who makes good judgement
heart image Daryna Baby Girl Sign Girl The gift of God
heart image Dymtrus Baby Boy Sign Boy Supplanter
heart image Faddei Baby Boy Sign Boy A boy who is brave and valiant
heart image Fadey Baby Boy Sign Boy A man who is bold and very brave
heart image Fadeyka Baby Boy Sign Boy A man who is brave and valiant
heart image Fadeyushka Baby Boy Sign Boy Brave and courageous
heart image Fedir Baby Boy Sign Boy Gift from above
heart image Galyna Baby Girl Sign Girl A girl who stays calm and quiet in every situation; Calmness
heart image Ganna Baby Girl Sign Girl Favor; A woman who is full of grace
heart image Georgiy Baby Boy Sign Boy Ukrainian variant of George; Farmer
heart image Glib Baby Boy Sign Boy Hair of God
heart image Grygoriy Baby Boy Sign Boy Watchful; Alert; Ukrainian variant of Gregory
heart image Hadeon Baby Boy Sign Boy Destroyer
heart image Heorhiy Baby Boy Sign Boy Farmer; One involved in the occupation of farming
heart image Igor Baby Boy Sign Boy Warrior; Army
heart image Illya Baby Boy Sign Boy He is my god
heart image Inna Baby Girl Sign Girl Fast flowing stream
heart image Ionna Baby Girl Sign Girl God's gift
heart image Iryna Unisex Baby Sign Unisex Peaceful
heart image Ivan Baby Girl Sign Girl Yahweh is gracious
heart image Ivanna Baby Girl Sign Girl God is gracious
heart image Kalyna Baby Girl Sign Girl Flowering bush; Symbol of love
heart image Katrya Baby Girl Sign Girl Pure; A pure and chaste woman
heart image Katryna Baby Girl Sign Girl Ukrainian version of Katherine and means pure
heart image Khrystyna Baby Girl Sign Girl Follower of Christ
heart image Klavdiya Baby Girl Sign Girl Cripple and lame
heart image Kostyantyn Baby Boy Sign Boy Kostyantyn is Ukrainian form of Constantine. It means constant.
heart image Krystiyan Baby Boy Sign Boy Ukrainian version of Christian, meaning follower of Christ.
heart image Kuzma Baby Boy Sign Boy The universe
heart image Kyrylo Baby Boy Sign Boy The Lord; God
heart image Larysa Baby Girl Sign Girl Seagull
heart image Lavra Baby Girl Sign Girl One crowned with a crown of laurel tree leaves
heart image Lesya Baby Girl Sign Girl Defender; Helper; Liberator of men
heart image Leysa Baby Girl Sign Girl Defender of man
heart image Lyaksandra Baby Boy Sign Boy Form of Alexander; Defender of man
heart image Lyaksandro Baby Boy Sign Boy Form of Alexandro, Defender of man
heart image Lyudmyla Baby Girl Sign Girl One who is nice to everyone
heart image Maksym Baby Boy Sign Boy One who is the greatest
heart image Maria Baby Girl Sign Girl Bitter
heart image Marichka Baby Girl Sign Girl Star of the sea; Bitter; Beloved
heart image Marynia Baby Girl Sign Girl Bitter
heart image Maryska Baby Girl Sign Girl Bitter
heart image Matviy Baby Boy Sign Boy Given by God
heart image Matviyko Baby Boy Sign Boy God's gift
heart image Maxim Baby Boy Sign Boy The greatest one
heart image Mychajlo Baby Boy Sign Boy God-like
heart image Mykhailo Baby Boy Sign Boy One who is like God
heart image Mykhaltso Baby Boy Sign Boy God-like
heart image Mykola Baby Boy Sign Boy Victory of the people
heart image Mykyta Baby Boy Sign Boy A man who has the capability of winning in every field; A winner
heart image Myroslava Baby Girl Sign Girl One who is destined to be glorious
heart image Nastasiya Baby Girl Sign Girl Rebirth; Ukrainian version of Anastasia
heart image Nastunye Baby Girl Sign Girl Ukranian version of Anastasia; Rebirth
heart image Nataliya Baby Girl Sign Girl God-blessed woman
heart image Nazayia Baby Boy Sign Boy One who is from Nazareth
heart image Nyura Baby Girl Sign Girl Graceful; A girl who is graceful
heart image Oleksandr Baby Boy Sign Boy The daughter of the sovereign; The daughter of the Queen and the King
heart image Oleksandra Baby Girl Sign Girl Protector of men
heart image Oleksiy Baby Boy Sign Boy Defender
heart image Olena Baby Girl Sign Girl Divided moment; Riven second
heart image Olene Baby Girl Sign Girl The overall circumstances or conditions in life; The fortune
heart image Olesea Baby Girl Sign Girl Name of a tree that gives harsh and unpleasant taste of fruits
heart image Olha Baby Girl Sign Girl Blessed; Holy
heart image Orest Baby Boy Sign Boy One who stands on the mountain
heart image Orynko Baby Girl Sign Girl Peace; A peaceful woman
heart image Osip Baby Boy Sign Boy God shall add
heart image Ostap Baby Boy Sign Boy Steady
heart image Panas Baby Boy Sign Boy Immortal
heart image Petruso Baby Boy Sign Boy Ukrainian form of Petra; Stone
heart image Rostyslav Baby Boy Sign Boy To increase glory
heart image Ruslan Baby Boy Sign Boy One who is like a Lion
heart image Ruslana Baby Girl Sign Girl A woman as powerful as a lioness
heart image Seman Baby Boy Sign Boy One who listens to God
heart image Sergiy Baby Boy Sign Boy Protector
heart image Sofia Baby Girl Sign Girl Wisdom; Learned
heart image Sofiyko Baby Girl Sign Girl Ukrainian form of Sophia, meaning wisdom
heart image Solomia Baby Girl Sign Girl Peace
heart image Solomiya Baby Girl Sign Girl Peace; A woman of peaceful nature
heart image Svitlana Baby Girl Sign Girl A variation of Svetlana; Pure and light
heart image Symon Baby Boy Sign Boy He who hears
heart image Symona Baby Girl Sign Girl She who hears everything
heart image Valentyna Baby Girl Sign Girl Form of Valentina; Strong; Healthy; Brave
heart image Vanko Baby Boy Sign Boy God's gift
heart image Vasyklo Baby Boy Sign Boy Noble
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Our thoughtfully selected list of Ukrainian baby names for boys and girls includes names from diverse letters. In addition, it spans simpler options, like Anna and Ivan, to more intricate ones, like Maryska and Rostyslav. Each name comes with its meaning to aid you in choosing a unique yet significant name for your baby. So, whether you are from Ukraine, have Ukrainian origin, or simply admire the appeal of Ukrainian names, the above list will certainly help you decide on a wonderful name for your baby.

Infographic: Interesting Ukrainian Names For Boys And Girls

Ukraine is a beautiful country with rich culture and heritage. Whether you’re from Ukraine or fascinated by the Ukrainian language and culture, look through the infographic below for some wonderful Ukrainian names for your baby. The guide below also contains the names' meanings to help you choose the perfect name for your baby.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are there any traditional naming customs in Ukraine?

In the past, the baby’s name was chosen by a priest in correspondence with a patron saint whose ‘feast day’ was on the same day or week of the child being born or baptized. However, nowadays, parents can choose any name of their choice for the baby (1).

2. Can non-Ukranians use Vietnamese baby names?

Yes, non-Ukrainian parents can give Ukrainian names to their babies. Ukrainian names may resemble names from Russia and other Slavic countries. However, ensure you research the history, significance, meaning, and pronunciation of the name before finalizing it.

References

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  1. Ukrainian Culture.
    https://culturalatlas.sbs.com.au/ukrainian-culture/ukrainian-culture-naming
  2. A Guide To Names And Naming Practices, UK Names Guide.
    https://www.fbiic.gov/public/2008/nov/Naming_practice_guide_UK_2006.pdf
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