Russian female names

Written in Russian:

Екатерина [ ye-ka-tee-REE-na ]

Origin and meaning:

Like most names popular in Russia, the name Ekaterina (Catherine) came to Russia from Greece, along with the adoption of Orthodoxy. However, it only gained its popularity after the reign of Catherine the Great (reigned from 1762 to 1796).

Today, the name Ekaterina is among the 20 most popular female names in Russia.

The most popular version of the meaning of the Ekaterina is "eternally pure". According to this version, it is believed that the name Catherine comes from the Greek name Αικατερίνη, which has just such a meaning. However, this version is disputed by some experts. For example, the famous Oxford Dictionary of Names writes that the etymology of the name Αικατερίνη is unclear and its meaning is not known.

Diminutive forms:

Almost every name in Russian can have multiple diminutive versions that are used by friends and family. Here are the dimunitive versions for Екатерина:

  • Katya (Катя)
  • Katyusha (Катюша)
  • Katyona (Катёна)

Equivalents in other languages:

  • Catherine
  • Catarina
  • Catalina
  • Cathy