Buzz·Posted on Feb 18, 201617 Unusual And Beautiful Russian Baby NamesNot as difficult to pronounce as you may think.by Natalya LobanovaBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Aaron Burden / BuzzFeed / Via stocksnap.io Meaning: Foreign, from the Greek word barbaros. Informal version: VaryaThis is the Russian form of "Barbara". Varvara Stepanova was a widely influential artist, associated with the Constructivist movement. 2. Sebastian Engler / BuzzFeed / Via stocksnap.io Meaning: Defender, from the Latin Alexius.Informal version: AloyshaIt rhymes with "hay" or "stay". Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov was a nobel prize winner. 3. Pawel Kadysz / BuzzFeed / Via stocksnap.io Meaning: Literally the Russian word for "faith".This is a name for a girl destined for a place in fashion: Vera Wang is a prominent designer and Veruschka (a variant form of Vera) was an iconic supermodel in the 1960s. 4. Sebastian Unrau / BuzzFeed / Via stocksnap.io Meaning: Lion, as this is the Russian variation of the Persian name Aslan.Informal version: RusyaRuslan is the name of the male protagonist in the epic poem by Pushkin, "Ruslan and Ludmila". 5. Paulina Lohunko / BuzzFeed / Via stocksnap.io Meaning: SerenityInformal version: GalyaThis name stems from Galine, the Greek goddess of calm seas. 6. Sven Scheuermeier / BuzzFeed / Via stocksnap.io Meaning: UnconquerableInformal version: Nika, KoshaNikita is predominantly used as a boys' name in Russia, but has been used as a girls' name too since the 20th century. 7. Vincenzo Di Giorgi / BuzzFeed / Via stocksnap.io Meaning: Life.Informal version: ZoshaZoya is the Russian form of "Zoe". It's also a really popular name in Arabic, meaning there are a lot of successful Zoyas in every part of the world. 8. Fritz Bielmeier / BuzzFeed / Via stocksnap.io Meaning: "My God is He", as it derives from the Hebrew name "Elijah".Ilya Prigogine was a Nobel Prize winning physicist and Ilya Repin was a renowned realist painter, whose art you've probably already seen. 9. Ales Krivec / BuzzFeed / Via stocksnap.io Meaning: Pearl or DaisyInformal version: RitaThis is the name of one of the main characters in Mikhail Bulgakov's literary masterpiece The Master and Margarita. Also, a delicious alcoholic drink. 10. Chris Myers / BuzzFeed / Via stocksnap.io Meaning: Unsuprisingly, it means "citizen of Rome".Informal version: RomaIt's pronounced with a short "ro" sound, so "Roh-mahn", not "Row-man". It's the name of many successful people, and also means "novel" both in Russian and in French. 11. Annie Spratt / BuzzFeed / Via stocksnap.io Meaning: Unknown, but possibly derived from the Greek word "Phaenna", which means "shining".Informal version: InaIt's pronounced "Fah-ee-NAH", but if you're not sure, refer to this very catchy '90s song, that repeats the name several thousand times. 12. Rachel Davis / BuzzFeed / Via stocksnap.io Meaning: In Russian it means "schismatic" but derives from the Greek word for a citizen of Rhodes.Informal version: RodyaRodion Raskolnikov is the protagonist in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. 13. Adam Excell / BuzzFeed / Via stocksnap.io Meaning: LightInformal version: Alya, InnaIt's pronounced "AH-leena", and it's a good name for a girl that loves to move and dance, as at least three of Russia's most accomplished ballerinas have been named Alina. 14. Rohit Tandon / BuzzFeed / Via stocksnap.io Meaning: LionInformal version: Lyova, LevaThis is the Russian form of "Leo". The most famous Lev is Tolstoy, who is considered one of the greatest writers of all time. 15. Ales Krivec / BuzzFeed / Via stocksnap.io Meaning: Clear, bright and famous.This is a name that has several forms in different languages, but in Russian the "r" is rolled. 16. Matt Flores / BuzzFeed / Via stocksnap.io Meaning: From the Latin "Maximus", meaning "the greatest".Informal version: MaxIt's also the name of Men's fashion magazine, so of course anyone with this name is destined to be both powerful and stylish. 17. Natasha Vasiljeva / Buzzfeed / Via stocksnap.io Meaning: "Born on Christmas day" or rebirthInformal version: NatashaThe author of this article has absolutely no bias towards this name.