I love Russian names! I have zero Russian ancestry but I speak Russian and studied abroad in Moscow during college. I have some Russian names on my list although with my current circumstances I have to be concerned about accessibility in [name_u]America[/name_u]/blending with a very much not Russian surname. (Which is a pity! I sometimes find myself wishing I end up marrying a Russian just so I have an excuse to throw myself fully into it and use a name like [name_m]Vasili[/name_m]!)
My favorite Russian girls’ names are [name_f]Nina[/name_f], [name_f]Kira[/name_f], [name_f]Anna[/name_f], and [name_f]Valeria[/name_f] (the go-to Russian nickname [name_f]Lera[/name_f] is so cute!). I also like the virtue names [name_f]Nadezhda[/name_f] (which means hope) and [name_f]Rada[/name_f] (which means joy), which are lovely names in their own right and also words with a great meaning in Russian. For boys, I like [name_m]Alexander[/name_m]/[name_u]Sasha[/name_u] a lot (my favorite [name_m]Alexander[/name_m] nickname), and also [name_m]Yuri[/name_m], [name_m]Vasili[/name_m], [name_u]Nikita[/name_u], and [name_m]Sergei[/name_m]. I also like [name_m]Leonid[/name_m], in part because the nickname Leonya is so cute. (Honestly, Russian nickname culture is one of my favorite things about Russian names/Russian culture in general, it’s really quite lovely).