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Revolutionary Baby Names in Russia

Over a century after the the French revolution influenced French baby names, the Russian Revolution (and socialist ideology) inspired a handful of Russian parents to give their babies similarly patriotic names.

Here are some examples of those patriotic baby names. Most were bestowed in the 1920s and 1930s, though some (like Uryurvkos) popped up decades later.

NameSignificance/Translation
AteistAtheist
Arvil“Army of V. I. Lenin”
AvangardaAvant-garde
BarrikadaBarricade
BastilThe Bastille, Paris fortress stormed during the French Revolution
BebelAugust Bebel, German Marxist
BuntarRebel
DantonGeorges Jacques Danton, French revolutionary
DinamitDynamite
DinamoDynamo, originally a type of electrical generator
DonbassDonets Basin, coal-mining area in the Ukraine
ElekrifikatsiyaElectrification
EngelinaFriedrich Engels, co-creator of Marxism
GeniiGenus
Gertruda“heroine of labor” (geroinja truda)
GiotinGuillotine
IdeaIdea
Ilich; IlinaBased on Lenin’s patronym, Ilyich
IndustriyaIndustry
IskraSpark
KazbekMount Kazbek
KommunaCommune
KrasnyiRed
Lagshmivara“Shmidt’s Arctic camp” (lager Shmidta v Arktike)
Lentrosh“Lenin, Trotsky, Shahumyan
Lentrozin“Lenin, Trotsky, Zinoviev
LibknekhtKarl Liebknecht, German socialist executed in 1919
Lyuksemburg; RozaRosa Luxemburg, German socialist executed in 1919
MarksKarl Marx, co-creator and namesake of Marxism
Marlen“Marx, Lenin”
MarselezaLa Marseillaise, national anthem of France
Mels“Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin”
Melor“Marx, Engels, Lenin, October Revolution”
MolotHammer
NinelLenin, backwards
OktyabrinaBased on October, signifies the October Revolution
OyushminaldOtto Yulyevich Schmidt on the ice floe”
ParizhkommunaParis Commune
ProletariiProletarians
PravdaTruth; Communist Party newspaper
RadiumRadium, the element
RazinStenka Razin, 17th-century Cossack rebel
Revdit“Revolutionary child (ditya)”
Revmir“Revolution, peace”
Revolyutsiya; LyutsiyaRevolution
Revvola“Revolutionary wave (volna)”
RobesperMaximilien Robespierre, French revolutionary
Roblen“born to be a Leninist” (rodilsia byt’ Lenintsem)
SerpinaBased on Sickle
SmenaShift
SmychkaSmychka, “collaboration in society”
SpartakSpartakusbund, Germany’s Spartacus League
StalinaJoseph Stalin
SvodobaFreedom
TekstilTextile
Traktor; TraktorinaTractor
Uryurvkos“Hurray, Yura’s in space” (ura, Yura v kosmose) – reference to Yuri Gagarin
Vilora“Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, organizer of the revolution (organizator revolyutsii)”
Vilen; VilenaV. I. Lenin
Vladlen; VladilenVladimir Lenin
VolyaWill
Zikatra“Zinoviev, Kamenev, Trotsky”

Other baby names of the era weren’t as political as they were fanciful, e.g., Atlantida, “Atlantis”; Monblan, “Mont Blanc”; Traviata for the Verdi opera; Zvezde, “star.”

It’s also interesting to note that a portion of these parents went in the other direction entirely. Instead of opting for progressive names, they went for “pre-Christian Slavic names such as Mstislav or Sviatopolk that had fallen into disuse in modern times.”

Sources:

  • Harvard Ukrainian Studies 19 (1997): 272.
  • Komsomolskaya Pravda, via World Press Review 30 (1983): 14.
  • Stites, Richard. Revolutionary Dreams. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.
  • White, Stephen. Political Culture and Soviet Politics. New York: Macmillan, 1979.