When you were born, you were probably given a first name, a middle name (maybe two or three), and a surname. You may have a parent’s name or a nickname, but it is most likely personal to the family. The Russian naming customs are a part of the language itself. They are very structured, and ...
I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one who was surprised about names in Russia. Firstly, they can be very long and hard to pronounce. Secondly, Russian names consist of three parts: first name, patronymic and the surname. Since the first name and patronymic follow the family name, for foreigners especially it can sometimes ...