Ukrainian Names

Hello friends! Sorry these post have been coming so far apart but we've had a lot going on in the last two years! Much of that has to do with the two sweet Ukrainian children that we've hosted during school breaks four times now. Being a name enthusiast, I've been fascinated by the names of the Ukrainian people I've met. Their naming customs are very interesting!

I'm calling this article "Ukrainian Names", and I want to make it clear that what I mean by that is names that have modern and/or traditional usage in Ukraine. As far as the linguistic roots of these names, many are Slavic, but there are also many that have Greek, Latin, or other roots. Many of these names are also widely used outside of Ukraine. There is plenty of overlap between names used in Ukraine and names used in other nearby countries such as Russia, Poland, Belarus, etc. Hopefully I can cover the names used in those countries sometime as well.

Something you might notice about Ukrainian names is that "y"s are often used instead of or in addition to "i"s. Using "y"s instead of other vowels is a popular trend in America right now, but with these names, this seems to be a feature of the Ukrainian language, as opposed to a modern fad. Many of these names are spelled slightly differently when used in other areas. Directly under each picture, I have also included how each name is written in the Cyrillic script that the Ukrainian language uses. Another intriguing feature in Ukrainian names (as well as other Eastern European names) is distinctive nicknames. I will try to mention the common nicknames for some of these names.

I approached this article with the greatest respect for the Ukrainian people and culture. I do not read or speak Ukrainian, though, so I hope that you'll forgive any mistakes! I also approached this as an American, speaking primarily to an American audience (as I do in all of my articles), so in addition to reading about the Ukrainian usage of these names, you will also hear comparisons and contrasts to names used in the United States, as well as some thoughts on whether or not I think a name would fit in well in modern American naming culture.

Let's start with the girls names!

Pronunciation: ah-LEE-nah
Meaning: shining light
Origin: Greek

Alina is a lovely name that is popular across eastern and western Europe, and it's even ranked #172 in the United States! Alina is often considered a form of the Greek name Helen, meaning shining light or bright. In the United States Alina might go by Ali, but in Ukraine Alina might be Alya or Alinochka. The nickname Lena is also popular in Ukraine, thought it might be a short form of other names such as Elena and Yelena.

Pronunciation: AHl-lah
Meaning: handywoman
Origin: Scandinavian

I've fallen in love with short-and-sweet Alla! It's Scandinavian roots make it unique on this list. As you'll notice, many times eastern European nicknames actually make the name longer, like Allochka and Allushka. When a name ends in "ka", it's intended to be sweet and affectionate. In Ukraine, the name Alla stands on its own, but here in the United States I think Alla would make a cute nickname for names begining in "Al". Alla Horska was a Ukrainian artist and human rights defender in the 1960's.

Pronunciation: ah-na-sta-SEE-yah
Meaning: Resurrection
Origin: Greek
Nicknames: Nastya

Anastasia is a name that is very familiar to us in the United States, but the Anastasiya spelling, one that is common in Ukraine, might be new to us. Nicknames that we might use here such as Ana, Stacey, or Stacia, are very different than the common Ukrainian nickname Nastya. All in all, Anastasiya is an incredibly beautiful name with a cool meaning!

Pronunciation: ahn-zhi-LEE-kah
Meaning: messenger
Origin: Latin

Angelika is a lovely that that derives from the Greek word from which we get our English word "angel". Angelica is the spelling you're likely to find here in the United States (in fact, it's ranked #425), but Angelika is found throughout Ukraine, Poland, Russia, and even as far west as Germany. The pronunciation difference between Angelica and Angelika is subtle, but it gives Angelika a different kind of flair that's very pretty!

Pronunciation: DAR-ee-yah
Meaning: to posses well
Origin: Persian
Nicknames: Dasha

Dariya comes from the Persian name Darius, that is mentioned in the Bible. The English version Daria, while uncommon, might still be familiar to you. My favorite thing about this name is the nickname Dasha is so cute!

Pronunciation: ih-REN-nah
Meaning: peace
Origin: Greek
Nicknames: Ira

Iryna is a lovely form of Greek name Irene, meaning peace. You could hardly ask for a better meaning for a name! Irene ranks at #629 in the United States, while Iryna and Irina are not ranked at all. I think Iryna would make a lovely, more frilly alternative if Irene felt too old-fashioned to you. Iryna Merleni, a Ukrainian wrestler, won a gold medal in the 2004 summer Olympics and a bronze in the 2008 summer Olympics, as well as several other wrestling championships. 

Pronunciation: kat-er-REN-nah
Meaning: pure
Origin: Greek
Nicknames: Katya

Kateryna comes from an ancient Greek name meaning "pure", just like the name Katherine in English. Katya is such a fun nickname! Kateryna Bilokur, born in a small Ukrainian village in 1900, was named People's Artist of Ukraine in 1956. Her vibrant works focus primarily around nature and they were highly praised by none other than Pablo Picasso. I found her life story truly fascinating! Her passion for painting the beauty of the world really shines through!

Pronunciation: HREST-ena
Meaning: follower of Christ
Origin: Greek

Khrystyna is a Ukrainian feminine version of the Greek word "christian". In the United States, the spelling Christina is most common, through Kristina is also common. There is more than one spelling of Khrystyna used in Ukraine as well. Христина (Khystyna) is the traditional Ukrainian spelling, but Крістіна (Kristina) is also used.

Pronunciation: kSEN-ee-yah
Meaning: foreign or hospitality
Origin: Greek

Kseniya comes from the Greek word "xenia" meaning "foreign". The Greek word "philoxenia" is usually translated as "hospitality". Kseniya is a short form of the name Oksana, but it is sometimes used on its own. K names can be quite popular in the U.S., so I think Kseniya has a lot of potential as a unique K name!  Kseniya Simonova won Ukraine's Got Talent in 2009 with her impressive sand art, bringing the audience to tears by recounting Ukrainian history. You can watch some of her work on her youtube channel!

Pronunciation: LEE-lee-ah
Meaning: lily
Origin: Latin
Nicknames: Lila

Liliya is such a charming name! If the Liliya spelling seems like too much to use in the United States, the simplified version Lilia would work just fine! It can be transliterated from the cyrillic alphabet either way. With all of the Lily names that are popular in the United States right now, Lilia would be both familiar and distinctive (it's only at #958 and Liliya is not listed at all!). Ukrainian Olympic gymnast Lilia Podkopayeva has won several gold medals and also won Ukraine's version of Dancing With the Stars. She has also been a United Nations goodwill ambassador.

Pronunciation: lyoo-BOF
Meaning: love
Origin: Slavic
Nicknames: Luba, Lyuba,

Lyubov comes from the Slavic word for love, which makes this name quite endearing. It's sound is certainly different, though, than most of the names used regularly in the United States. If you're looking for a distinctive name with a lovely meaning, Lyubov or Luba, would fit that description well.

Pronunciation: NAH-dee-yah *
Meaning: Hope
Origin: Slavic

Nadiya is the modern Ukrainian word for hope, which is such a lovely meaning! It's also a diminutive of an older name Nadezhda, also meaning hope. If the Nadiya spelling seems too unfamiliar to use in the United States, it is also transcribed into English as Nadia, which of course is much more familiar here. Nadia is currently #345 but ranked as high as #178 in 2005!   

*I've also heard Nadiya pronouced nah-DEE-yah by a Ukrainian, so I'm not sure which is correct.

Pronunciation: nah-TAH-lee-yah
Meaning: the birth of the Lord
Origin: Latin
Nicknames: Natasha, Natalka

Nataliya is a truly gorgeous name that comes from the Latin phrase natale domini, meaning "birth of the Lord". It is also translated "Christmas Day" at times. Natalie is the version that is most common in the United States (currently at #27 and at #13 in 2008) but the spelling Natalia is fairly popular as well at #118. Natasha, a diminutive of Nataliya, has been popular in the United States too, but it's less so now. I think the nickname Natalka is very sweet and unique (at least in the States). It was the name of the lead female character in Bitter Harvest, a recent movie depicting the Holodomor, a dark time in Ukraine's history.

Pronunciation: NEE-nah
Meaning: dream
Origin: Slavic

Nina is a name that is used in a wide variety of cultures. It's often used as a nickname for names ending in -nina. Learning that Nina in its own has Slavic roots and means "dream", gave me a new appreciation for this name. Nina has always been fairly well used in the United States, but never overly popular. It's currently at #300. If you're looking for a name to honor your Ukrainian or Slavic heritage, and you want one that's easy to say and spell, Nina would be a great option. Nina Matviyenko is a famous singer of Ukrainian folk songs and has been given the honorary title of the People's Artist of Ukraine. 

Pronunciation: ah-LYEH-sya
Meaning: defender of mankind
Origin: Greek
Nicknames: Lesya

Olesya is itself a nickname for the Ukrainian version of Alexandra: Oleksandra, but it can be shortened even further to Lesya. Oleksandra can also be shortened to Sasha or sometimes Shura, which are also nicknames used for the male variants as well. Olesya is a unique and lovely variation of Alexandra! The name Alexa is rising in popularity in the United States again and I think Olesya would make a great alternative. Olesya would also make a great alternative to the very popular Olivia. Two famous Ukrainian Olesyas are Olesya Povh, an Olympic bronze medalist in the 100 meter relay, and Olesya Stefanko,who was crowned Miss Ukraine in 2011, and she was runner up in the Miss Universe competition (she graduated with a law degree the next year).

Pronunciation: SLAH-vah
Meaning: glory
Origin: Slavic

Slava* is a sweet little name quite a bit of strength behind its meaning, "glory". In fact it's the word for "glory" in Ukrainian and other Slavic languages. "Slava Ukrayini! Heroyam slava!" is a patriotic phrase you might hear in Ukraine. It dates back to Ukraine's war for independence in the early 20th century and translates to "Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes!". Beyond looking at the concept of glory as only a patriotic one, it's most importantly a religious one, giving glory to God. There are a few different longer names that contain "slava" in them as well, such as Yarosalva ("fierce and glorious"), Myroslava ("peace and glory"), Vladyslava ("holding glory"). I have really come to like this sweet but powerful little name! 

*Though it sounds more feminine to my American ears, I've seen this name used for both boys and girls in Ukraine.

Pronunciation: veek-TOH-ree-yah
Meaning: victory
Origin: Latin
Niknames: Vika

The spelling Viktoriya might not be familiar to us in the United States, but the name Victoria certainly is. It has always been in the top 300.  

Pronunciation: VEE-rah
Meaning: faith
Origin: Slavic

Vira (which can also be spelled Vera) is a short-but-sweet name. With the Vera spelling, it can be related to the the Latin word for truth, but in Slavic languages, it means faith. In the United States, the spelling Vira has only been in the top 1000 a handful of times in the early 1900's. Vera has been in the top 1000 every year until 1983, and re-entered the top 1000 in 2009. It was #312 in 2016. Faith is such a wonderful meaning, one that many parents want to incorporate in their child's name. In 2016, Faith was #91 in the U.S., and I imagine that it's an even more popular as a middle name. If you want to incorporate the meaning "faith" into your child's name but would prefer a less common name, Vira would be a lovely choice!

Pronunciation: yel-lee-zah-VYE-tah
Meaning: God is my oath
Origin: Hebrew
Nickname: Liza

Yelyzaveta is the charming Ukrainian variant of the classic biblical name Elizabeth. I find the romantic sound of Yelyzaveta absolutely stunning! While it's not likely to replace Elizabeth or other more common variants in the west,  it does have a glorious ring to it. Many Ukrainian athletes have the first name Yelyzaveta, such as Yelyzaveta YakhnoYelyzaveta Mereshko, and Yelyzaveta Bryzhina.

Pronunciation: YOO-li-ya
Meaning: "young"
Origin: Latin

Yuliya is a melodious variant of the Latin name Julia that is popular in many forms all around the world. Julia is the most common version in the United States at #88 in 2016. If used in the United States, Yuliya might often be mistken for Julia, but it would still make a lovely and distinguished choice for a little girl. One famous bearer of the name is Yuliya Levchenko, a Ukrainian high jumper.

Pronunciation: zoh-ree-AH-na
Meaning: star, dawn
Origin: Slavic

Zoryana is a stunning name derived from the Ukrainian word зоря (zorya), meaning star or dawn. This amazing name has a lot of potential for use in the United States, in my opinion. It's easy to understand, fits in with a lot of current trends, and has a lovely meaning; all pluses in my book!

Pronunciation: ZOH-ya
Meaning: life
Origin: Greek
Nickname: -----

Zoya is a spunky variation of the lovely Greek name Zoe that is popular (in many spellings) in the United States. Zoe and Zoya have the very vibrant meaning of "life". Zoya would make a great alternative to Zoe (or Zoey or Zoie or Zowie). Zoya is a brand of nail polish in America, but I don't think that diminishes this name's beauty or potential to grow in popularity.

Now for the boys names:

Pronunciation: ahn-DREEY
Meaning: man
Origin: Greek

Andriy is equivlalent to the name Andrew in English, and is of Greek origin. Saint Andrew (the apostle Andrew in the Bible) is very important in many societies in Eastern Europe (including Ukraine). Tradition holds that he brought the gospel to Scythia, which in modern day encompasses parts of  Eastern Europe and central Asia. Saint Andrew's Church was built in Kyiv in his honor. I think Andriy would be a great way to honor Ukrainian heritage. While the similar name Andre is very familiar to us in the United States, Andriy's sound is a little bit different. It doesn't register on our popularity charts, though it appears to be very popular in Ukraine, borne by many athletes, artists, politicians, etc. 

Meaning: Safe
Origin: Greek

Artem is a very handsome name that comes from the ancient Greek name Artemios, which in turn comes from the name of the goddess Artemis. It's possible that the name Artemis comes from an ancient Greek word meaning "safe". There is a Saint Artemios (or Artemius) that is recognized by the Orthodox church, which may account for some of this name's usage in Ukraine and other surrounding countries today. Two examples of  modern Ukrainian Artems are Artem Shabanov and Artem Besedin, football players for Dynamo Kyiv.

Pronunciation: bo-DAHN
Meaning: gift of God
Origin: Slavic

Bohdan is one of my favorite names on this list! It has such a distinguished sound and a fantastic meaning!  I can see this name possibly rising in popularity in the United States, as many names with similar sounds are gaining attention. As of right now, though, it's never been in the top 1000 in the United States, making it a lovely rarity. Bohdan has been worn by various Ukrainian historical figures, politicians, and athletes throughout the years, but one I'd like to mention is Bohdan Futey. Bohdan Futey was born in Ukraine in World War Two, and later immigrated to the United States, where he eventually became a Federal Judge. He always maintained his love for Ukraine, though, and when Ukraine gained independence, he became an advisor to those who helped write Ukraine's constitution. 

Pronunciation: dmeet-TROH
Meaning: belonging to Demeter
Origin: Greek
Nicknames: Dima

Dmytro is the Ukrainian variation of the Greek name Demeterius, which is derived from the name of the Greek goddess Demeter. One famous Ukrainian named Dmytro is Dmytro Khaladzhi, a sportsman known for his amazing feats of strength, who was also featured on Ukraine's Got Talent.

Pronunciation: yev-HEN
Meaning: noble birth
Origin: Greek
Nicknames: Zhenya

There are a few different variations on this name, especially when translated into English, including Yevhen, Evgeniy and Yevheniy. All of these are Ukrainian variations of the Greek name Eugene, meaning noble birth. While Eugene still feels dated, Evhen has a nice, fresh feel, in my opinion, and I really love the nickname Zhenya! One famous Ukrainian Evhen, is Evhen (or Yevhen) Shapoval, a football player that currently plays for the Ukrainian First League club Arsenal Bila Tserkva. There is also Yevhen Konoplyanka, who plays for the Ukrainian national team and has been named Ukrainian Footballer of the Year three times.

Pronunciation: EE-hawr
Meaning: warrior
Origin: Old Norse

Igor might remind you of classic horror movies, but it's a name that we often pronounce incorrectly. In Ukraine it's pronounced with the stress on the first syllable and the "g" makes more of an "h" sound (in Russia it is pronounced slightly differently). Is Igor ready for widespread use in the United States? Well, probaly not, but it's an intriguing name nonetheless! Igor (or Ihor) Kondratyuk is one of the hosts of the popular show Ukraine's Got Talent. 

Pronunciation: eel-yah
Meaning: the Lord is God
Origin: Hebrew

Ilya is a very charming variant of the biblical Hebrew name Elijah. It strikes the right balance between softness and strength. If you like the name Elijah but don't want to use at top 10 name (#9 in the U.S. in 2016), Ilya would make a very handsome alternative! The famous painter Ilya Repin did much of his work in Russia and for Russian people, but he was born Ukraine and painted many Ukrainian landscapes and people. 

Pronunciation: MAHK-sim
Meaning: the greatest
Origin: Latin
Nicknames: Maks

With its strong, handsome sound, Maksym appears to be a fairly popular name in Ukraine. Max names are very popular in the United States right now, too so Maksym is a name with a lot of appeal! It comes from the Latin clan name Maximus meaning "greatest". With the spelling Maxim, it ranked at #848 in 2016. If that spelling doesn't appeal, I think Maksym (a legitimate Ukrainian spelling) fits current American trends pretty well. And who doesn't like the nickname Maks (or Max, if you prefer). Ukrainian poet Maksym Rylsky is one famous bearer of this name.

Pronunciation: mihk-EYE-loh
Meaning: who is like God?
Origin: Hebrew
Nicknames: Misha

Mykhailo is the debonair Ukrainian variation of the Hebrew Michael, a name that's been exceedingly popular in the United States in past decades, and still ranks in the top 10. While you might be familiar with the Russian version Mikhail, Mykhailo's 'y' and it's o ending gives it that much more spunk. The nickname Misha has a lot of charm as well. There are both male and female American celebrities named Misha, though, to my knowledge, none of Ukrainian decent. Though may Ukrainians have borne the name Mykhailo over the years, some of note are Mykhailo Donets, a renown opera singer and theatrical figure, educator and biographer Mykhailo Chaly, and composer Mykhailo Verykivsky.

Pronunciation: mee-KOH-lah
Meaning: victory of the people
Origin: Greek
Nickname: Kolya

You might not notice the connecction at first glance, but Mykola is the Ukrainian version of the Greek name Nicholas. The nickame Kolya has been a favorite of mine for a long time. Some famous Mykolas are scientist Mykola Barabashov, composer Mykola Arkas, and composer Mykola Lysenko.

Pronunciation: NAH-zahr
Meaning: from Nazareth
Origin: Hebrew
Nickname: Nazarchik

Nazar is a stunning name that's based on the place name Nazareth, the town where Jesus grew up. Neither Nazar, Nazareth, or even the Spanish Nazario are popular in the United States right now. Nazar is common enough on a boy in Ukraine, but it would definitely stand out on a boy in America, but in a good way! Wrestler on the rise Nazar Kulchystskyy recently immigrated from Ukraine to the United States.

Pronunciation: nee-KEE-tah
Meaning: victory
Origin: Greek
Nickname: Nikitushka, Nikit, Nik

Nikita is a strong, sharp-sounding masculine name in eastern Europe, despite the fact that it has been used prominently for females in American media. Nikita is legitimate a girls name in some places in Asia, where it has a completely different derivation, but in Ukraine and surrounding countries, Nikita is certainly a man's name. With boys names name ending in -a or -ah becoming more popular in the U.S. (think Ezra or Noah), there might come a day where Nikita seems more usable. At the moment, though, there is still some cause for confusion. Though the traditional Ukrainian spelling is "Микита", it is also used in Ukraine with the Russian spelling "Нікіта". History buffs might recall Nikita Khruschev, the Soviet head of state during the 50's and 60's. Ukrainian footballer Mykyta (Nikita) Burda plays for the  Dynamo Kyiv team.

Pronunciation: roh-MAHN
Meaning: from Rome
Origin: Latin
Nickname: Roma

Roman is a very handsome name that's popular in both Ukraine and the United States, though it is pronounced differently in each place. The connection to the ancient civilization Rome, as well as the modern Italian city, is obvious. However, I decided to dig deeper into the meaning of Roman, because one of my naming pet-peeves is when it's assumed that place names don't have a meaning beyond the place itself. Admittedly, the etymology of place names can get dubious, and I might do a longer article on this topic later, but suffice it to say that there are a few different possible meanings for Rome (and thereby Roman), one of which is "flow", "flowing water" or "river". 

Pronunciation: ROO-slahn
Meaning: lion*
Origin: Turkic*

Ruslan is a very handome name, and a variation of the Turkic name Aslan, meaning lion. Ukrainian footballer Ruslan Rotan plays for Dynamo Kyiv and the Ukrainian national team.

Pronunciation: CEHR-hee
Meaning: servant
Origin: Latin

Sergiy is a variation of the Latin Sergius, a name with many variations in different cultures around the world. What makes the Ukrainian Sergiy different than many others is that the 'g' makes more of an 'h' sound, making the pronunciation more like CEHR-hee. In fact, it can be written in English as Serhiy. One famous Sergiy is Ukrainian tennis player Sergiy Stakhovsky.

Pronunciation: tah-RAHS
Meaning: of Tarentum
Origin: Greek

Taras is an incredibly important name in the Ukrainian culture, as it's the name of Ukraine's national poet Taras Shevchenko. One author says of him, "Looming out of the eventful pages of Ukrainian history and casting all others into the shadow is the figure of Taras Shevchenko - the great Ukrainian poet, painter, and martyr. Rarely in the world's history has an individual gripped the hearts, the imagination, and the intellect of a nation to such an extent and degree as Taras Shevchenko has done to that of the Ukrainian people."  Like Roman, Taras is also a place name of sorts. It means "of Tarentum", a place in Italy now known as Taranto. In digging to find the meaning of Tarentum, I  discovered that a possible meaning is "a place of crossing" or "a threshold".  It may also come from Greek mythology, Taras being a son of the sea god Poseidon. The name Taras is one that I fell in love with almost as soon as I heard it! It has such a charming sound and discovering its significance made me love it more. 

Pronunciation: vee-TAH-lee
Meaning: alive
Origin: Latin
Nickname: Vitalik

Vitaliy is such a charming name and the nickname Vitalik is spunky and fun. Notice that the pronunciation might be different than what you might have expected. I love that Vitaliy means life! That's one of my favorite name meanings. There are several familiar girls names (like Zoe and Eve) that mean life, but boys names with this meaning are hard to find. While I think pronunciation could be an issue in the United States, it still makes a nice alternative to more common V names. Vitaliy (or Vitali) Klitschko was elected as the mayor of Kyiv (Ukraine's capital city) in 2014, and he is a former heavyweight boxer.

Pronunciation: vlah-dih-SLAHF
Meaning: holding glory
Origin: Slavic
Nickanmes: Vlad, Slava

Vladyslav is definitely the type of name that one would quickly associate with eastern Europe. It has a bold, strong sound. While Vladyslav certainly has a distinciv sound, there are some unexpected variation of this name in other languages. The Laszlo, a "name lovers' favorite" name, can trace its roots to Vladyslav or Vladislav. Other names with a similar sound would be Yaroslav and Stanislav.

Pronunciation: YOO-ree
Meaning: farmer
Origin: Greek
Nickname: Yura

     Yuriy is a distinguished name that draws its roots from the Greek name Georgios (or George, as we say in English), meaning farmer. The most famous bearer of this name (at least in the American mind) might be the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin who was the first man to travel to space. However some examples of Ukrainian Yuriys might be the Olympic gold medalist Yuriy Cheban or Ukrainian artist Yuriy Shevchuk.

Pronunciation: KEE
Meaning: scepter
Origin: Slavic

While I've seen no evidence of this name being used in modern Ukraine, Kyi (pronounced similarly to the English word key, not like the name Kai) is one of the legendary founders of Kyiv, the capital city of Ukraine, along with his brothers Shchek and Khoryv, as well as their sister Lybid. Kyiv was named after Kyi, the oldest brother, also known as Kyi the warrior. After some more research I discovered that Kyi most likely means scepter, bat (not like the animal), or hammer. 

There are plenty of other names I could have highlighted (I may need to do a part two sometime), but this is a start. Which of these names was your favorite? So many of them are lovely, but I think my favorites are Kseniya and Taras.

The more I have learned about the Ukrainian culture, the more I have been captivated by its richness and beauty. If you enjoy learning about other cultures, the Ukrainian culture is one that doesn't get near enough exposure in the west, so I'd encourage you to do some research and also to stay informed about the current conflict in Ukraine.

I would like to acknowledge  that the meanings and origins of some of these name are debated, and at times debated hotly on the basis of national origins. I've done my best to research these names and I do so with the utmost respect for the Ukrainian people. That being said, I don't speak or read Ukrainian, so at times the research was difficult. Some of the sources I used were:     (If any of the pronunciations were confusing to you, here is a video by a Ukrainian woman about Ukrainian names)

If any of you are from Ukraine, first of all, please forgive my lack of knowledge, and second of all, I welcome any (respectfully worded) input from you. What names would you consider popular in your country? Do you have any better examples of famous Ukrainians with these names? Thank you!

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