Russian Baby Names from 1982

That post on Yuri Gagarin reminded me of something. In 1982, Soviet newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda reported that the most popular baby names in U.S.S.R. were Yelena* and Sergei. Other names registered that year (and translated into English) included:

  • Genius
  • Electron
  • Grace the Unwashed
  • Hooray for Yuri Gagarin

*Yelena happens to be the name of Yuri Gagarin’s firstborn daughter. His younger daughter is Galina.

Source: Camilli, Doug. “Names in the News.” Montreal Gazette 18 Dec. 1982: C-3.


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