Ukrainian Girl names

By Rob Simpson

If you have a daughter on the way and want to give her a Ukrainian name, or just want to impress a Ukrainian girl you know, this list covers some of the most popular Ukrainian girl’s names and their meanings.

Ukraine and it's appeal

Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe, located between Russia and Central Europe, with a population of about 42.5 million Ukraine is the 32nd most populous country in the world.

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Ukrainian Girl Names and their Meanings

Name

Meaning

Ana

A form of the name Anna, more commonly found in Ukraine, which is a form of the name Hannah. This name was derived from the Hebrew name Channah, meaning “grace, favor.”

Anastasiya 

Ukrainian form of the name Anastasia and the feminine form of the Ancient Greek name Anastasius, which is the Latinized form of the Greek name Anastasios. This name comes from the Greek word anastasis, meaning “resurrection.”

  • Nastya is a diminutive form of this name, also common in Ukraine.

Aleksandra

A more Ukrainian form of the name Alexandra, which is the feminine form of the name Alexander, which is the Latinized form of the Greek name Alexandros, which meant “defender of men.”

Dasha

Russian and Ukrainian diminutive of the name Darya, which is the Russian feminine form of the name Darius. Roman form of the name Dareios, a form of the Persian name Dārayavahush, meaning “to possess good.”

          Darina – Derived from the Slavic word dar meaning “gift” or a diminutive form of the name Dasha.

Diana 

Likely derived from an Indo-European root meaning “heavenly, divine.”

Evgeniya 

 Russian and Ukrainian form of the name Eugenia, which is the feminine form of the name Eugene. Derived from the Greek name Eugenios, which comes from the Greek word eugenes, this name means “well born.”

Inna 

The meaning of this name is unknown; the name Inna has shown up in Ancient Greece, but it is most likely not related to this name.

Ira 

Short form of the name Irina, which is a cognate of the name Irene. From the Greek name Eirene, the meaning of this name is “peace.”

Julia

Feminine form of the Roman family name Julius, which comes from the Greek name ioulos, meaning “downy-bearded youth.”

  • Ulyana is another form of this name

Katya 

Diminutive of the Russian name Yekaterina, which is the Russian form of the name Katherine. This name comes from the Greek name Aikaterine, which was derived from either the Greek word hecateros, meaning “each of the two” or from the name of the Goddess “Hecate.”

           Karina – Another form of the name Katherine which is popular in Ukraine.

Larisa

This name most likely comes from the name of Larisa, an ancient city in Thessaly which meant “citadel.”

Lera 

Short form of the name Valeriya, which is a Russian and Ukrainian form of the name Valerius. From a Roman family name which was derived from the Latin word valere, this name means “to be strong.”

Mariya 

A Russian and Ukrainian form of the Greek name Maria, which comes from the Hebrew name Miryam. There are two theories about the meaning of this name. It could mean “sea of rebelliousness” or “bitterness,” OR it could have been derived from the Egyptian word mry meaning “beloved.”

  • Masha is a Russian diminutive for the name Mariya that is popular in Ukraine.

Marta

A more Slavic version of the name Martha, which comes from the Aramaic word marta, meaning “the lady, the mistress.”

Mila 

A diminutive of Slavic names containing the word milu, meaning “dear.”

Miroslava

Feminine form of the Slavic name Miroslav, which is derived from the Slavic elements miru, meaning “peace, world” and slava, meaning “glory.”

Nadya 

Diminutive version of the name Nadezhda, which means “hope” in Slavic.

Natalya 

Russian form of the name Natalie, which comes from the Late Latin name Natalia, which meant “Christmas Day

Nika 

This name is a Russian short form of names ending in nika.

Oksana 

Oksana is the Ukrainian form of the name Xenia, which means “hospitality.” This name was derived from the Greek word xenos, which means “foreigner, guest.”

Polina 

A Russian and Ukrainian short form for the name Paulina, which is the feminine form of the name Paulino, which itself is derived from the name Paul. The name Paul comes from the Roman family name Paulus, which meant “small” or “humble.”

Sofia  

A form of the name Sophia, which means “wisdom” in Greek.

Tatiana 

Feminine form of the Roman name Tatianus, derived from another Roman name, Tatius. The meaning of this Roman name is unknown.  

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The most common Ukrainian girl names.

Some of the most popular Ukrainian girl’s names share similarities with Russian girl’s names, and some are Russian in origin. That is due to the similarities in the Russian and Ukrainian language.

Some of the more common names from this list are:

Ana, Dasha, Julia, Sofia and my personal favorite Oksana.

Looking for more suggestions?

Whether you were looking for a Ukrainian name for your beautiful baby daughter, or you wanted to impress a Ukrainian girl you know by knowing the meaning of her name, we hope you found what you were looking for in our list.

If the name you were looking for wasn’t on this list, or perhaps you’re interested in other Slavic sounding names, make sure to check out our list on Russian or Polish girl’s names.

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