What’s the latest on baby names in Russia?
In 2011, the top three baby girl names in Russia were Anastasia, Maria and Darya
The top three baby boy names were Alexander, Maxim and Dmitry.
Non-Russian names have gained a foothold:
There were 173 Emilies, 77 Angelicas and 362 Angelinas born in Moscow in 2011 — names foreign-sounding in Russian — the ITAR-TASS news agency reported.
And political names are all but extinct:
Gone are the days of relying on politically correct ideology to choose children’s names — like “Myuda,” after International Youth Day, or “Perkosrak,” translated as “first space rocket.”