Paired names, which can be called a child of any gender, are in fashion again. What are these names and what should be considered when choosing them for children? We picked up 12 unisex pairs of names with a rich history and auspicious value.
1. Alexander – Alexander
This name, translated from Greek, means the defender of people, protecting the husband, in the female version – the defender. The name is widespread throughout the world, but is especially popular in European countries. For example, Alejandro lives in Spain a lot, Alessandro in Italy, Alexandros in Greece, Alastarov in Ireland, Alasters in Scotland, and Iskander in Muslim countries.
Diminutive pet forms: Sanya, Sasha, Sashechka, Sashulya, Sashunya, Shura, Shurik, Aleksa, Aleksyusha and so on.
2. Bogdan – Bogdan
Names of Slavic origin, meaning God-given, bestowed by God, God’s gift. This is a variant of the ancient names John (Ivan), Theodore (Fedor) and Theodot (Fedot), having the same meaning.
Very often, Bogdan / Bogdan was called the long-awaited baby, prayed from God – perhaps the only, late child. Now these names are not very common in Russia, but among our Eastern European neighbors, especially in Ukraine, they are still popular.
Diminutive forms: Bogdik, Bogdanek, Bogdya, Boncho, Dancho, Danko, Dun, Danya, Bogdanko, Vogda and so on.
3. Valentine – Valentine
The name Valentine has Latin roots and is translated as strong, healthy, strong, in the female version has the same meaning. In the old days, a child was often called so, for whose health parents were worried. Valentina has a sister name – Valens, nowadays very rare.
Diminutive pet forms: Valya, Valyunya, Valik, Valius, Valiusha, Valechka, Valentik and so on.
4. Vasily – Vasilisa
Basil translates from ancient Greek as regal. The name Vasily is a derivative from the name of Basileios, which later transformed into Vasilios. The feminine variant also matters queen, regal.
Previously, these beautiful names were very common in Russia, Vasily and Vasilisa – perhaps the most common characters of Russian folklore. Now they are undeservedly forgotten, unlike many European countries. In France, the name Basil is often encountered, in Spain Basilio and Basil, in Portugal Basilio, in Germany Basilius, Basil, in Romania Basilio, in Greece Vasilios, Vasilis, Vasilas, in Finland – Pasi.
The diminutive pet forms: Vasya, Cornflower, Vasuta, Vasiunya, Vasiusha, Vasilko, Vasya, Vasya. For girls: Vasa, Vassen, Basilisk, Vasilka, Suyut, Asya, Lisa and so on.
5. Vitaliy – Vitalina / Vitaly
It comes from the Latin personal nickname Vitalis, literally translated as life-related, vital. In other transcriptions, it is life-giving, life-giving, viable. In the name of Vitaly, there are two paired female names – Vitaly and Vitalina, while the female name Vita comes from the related names of Vitaly Vit and Vitus, which are now practically not found.
It is often believed that these are common people’s names, but this is not at all the case. Among the bearers of this name, we find even one Pope, who led the Catholic Church in the VII century.
Diminutive pet forms: Vitalik, Tal, Vital, Vitek, Vitas, Vitas, Vitakh, Vitull, Vityul, Vityun, Vityusha and so on.
6. Victor – Victoria
Translated from Latin – the winner, the victorious. These names have gained immense popularity in the days of early Christianity. Then they carried a very important meaning: the victory of light forces over the machinations of the devil.
In the USSR, the peak of the popularity of the names Victor and Victoria fell on the second half of the 20th century (up to the 1970s inclusive), and then began to decline. However, those parents who want to see their children successful continue to call them these proud names.
Diminutive pet forms: Vitya, Vita, Vitasik, Vik, Vityash, Vityulya, Vityun, Vita, Vika, Vikusya and so on.
7. Eugene – Eugene
These names are derived from the Greek noble, a descendant of a noble family. For example, in the Russian Empire of the 19th century, the names Eugene / Eugene became firmly established among the nobility. True, they were pronounced most often in the French manner – Eugène / Eugenie, the English variant – Eugene was used less often. But in the XX century, Eugenias often began to be called babies in the villages.
Diminutive forms: Zhenya, Zhenya, Zheka, Gena, Zhenyura, Zhenyusha, Evghesha, Gesh, Yenyusha, Evgenyushka, Genya and so on.
8. Miroslav – Miroslav
These twin names have Old Slavic roots, and consist of two semantic parts – peace and glory. Therefore, in deciphering their meaning, several options are allowed: for example, glorifying the world, or – glorified by peacefulness.
Parents who choose the name of the child should consider that the emphasis here can be placed on both the first and second and third syllables, so it’s better to decide on this question right away. Another nuance that is important for church-going people is the name of Miroslav, neither Catholic nor Orthodox Christians, so they will have to rely on foreign experience. For example, among Orthodox Bulgarians, the name Miroslav is identical with the name Irina.
Diminutive forms: Mirik, Mirek, Mira, Glory, Mirko, Mirka and so on.
9. Julian / Julius / Uljan – Juliana / Julia / Uliana
Julian / Julius – the Roman ancestral name Julius, which was worn by many notable Roman consuls, tribunes, as well as the emperor Gaius Julius Caesar. Literally means from the genus Julius, or – Julian.
There is another way to decipher the meaning of these names, according to which they are derived from the name of the month of July and literally translated as curly. But these names came to us already from Byzantium, and in Greek they mean wavy, fluffy, curly. Female paired names are translated the same way.
In addition, a popular variant appeared in Russia – Ulian / Uljan, which in former times was very popular among the peasants. In recent years, interest in this version of the name has increased again.
Diminutive pet forms: Yulik, Yulek, Yul, Yus, Yulia, Jules, Jule, Yulia, Yul, Ulyanka, Ulya, Ulyash, Lyan, Yana, Lina, Liana, Ulechka and so on.
10. Nikita – Nikita / Nika
The Greek name, derived from the name of Niketas, which means victorious, victorious. Currently, his male version is quite popular and is often found in Russia. But his female couple is spread only in Western Europe.
It is also worth considering that the variant of the female name Nikita with the accent on the last syllable arose only after the release of the famous film by Luc Besson. As for the sonorous name of Nick, then opinions diverge: some researchers consider him to be a paired with the male name Nikita, while others argue that it is independent and comes from the name of the ancient Greek goddess of victory, Niki.
Diminutive forms: Nikitka, Nika, Nikusha, Nikenya, Kenya, Nikesha, Kesha, Nikusya, Niki, Niko and so on.
11. Oleg – Olga
Perhaps the origin of these pair names is associated with the greatest number of historical versions and hypotheses. According to the most common of them, the name Oleg originates from the Scandinavian Helgi, which translates as sacred, holy, and the luck of the ancient Germans.
Other sources interpret this name as bright, clear. There is still a version that the name Oleg has Slavic roots. An indirect confirmation of this: Oleg is one of the dynastic pre-Christian names of the Rurik dynasty, which became baptismal after the canonization of Prince Oleg of Bryansk. With the paired name of him, Olga was no less confusing, but even since ancient times it was considered the privilege of the nobility.
Diminutive pet forms: Olezhka, Olezhik, Olegushka, Olesya, Lesya, Leka, Lesha, Alya, Alik, Olya, Olenka, Olgusha, Olgunya, Lusya, Olyusha, Olena, Lelya, Lyul, Lyalya, Lek and so on.
12. Jan – Yana
These paired names have many versions of origin and interpretation. The most common: Jan is a derivative of Ivan, which, in turn, comes from the Hebrew name John (Yoan). Translated means God’s mercy or pardoned by God.
Another running version: the name Yang arose from the name of the ancient Roman god of light and sun, Janus. You rarely see Jan or Jan in Russia, but in Poland, the Baltic countries and Scandinavia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Belarus, Ukraine and Germany, they are not at all uncommon.
In addition, in some of the countries listed, there are also names formed on behalf of Yang, for example, Yanko, Yanik, Jani, Yanush Yan, Yanina, Ivanna, Jeanne (in the female version). So, if you are planning for your successor a European future, this name should not be discounted.
Diminutive forms: Yana, Yanik, Yankchi, Yanko, Yenik, Yanka, Yanochka, etc.
In addition to these paired names, there are other equally interesting ones: Albert – Albertina, Angel – Angelina, Anton – Antonina Dariy – Daria Heinrich – Henrietta John / Ivan – John Zinovy - Zinoviya Konstantin – Constantia Pavel – Pavlina Seraphim – Seraphim, Simon – Simone. Which of them to choose is up to you.
She graduated from the Pedagogical University. A.I. Herzen in St. Petersburg.
Wife and mother. I sincerely believe that there is no such thing as someone else’s misfortune, and therefore I work with children and teenagers, who are called difficult. Dear parents, children just need to love, and then everything will turn out!