Have you noticed the popularity of Russian names in America? Did you realize these names are coming from Latin America and spreading to the United States? As these Russian names become more mainstream and acceptable, many new mothers in the U.S. are naming their children with these Russian names, blissfully unaware of the Soviet Union connection.
Soviet Union will never die!
As a huge baseball fan, I always wondered about the trendsetting names of Ivan Rodriguez and Vladimir Guerrero. Those guys are actually older than I am, so naming babies with Russian names is old. Other Latin American baseball players with Russian first names include Vladimir Nùñez, Ivan Nova, Alexi Ogando, Alexi Casilla, Alexei Ramirez, Ivan DeJesus, and others.
Let’s not forget Russian girls names either: the first Sasha I ever knew was a black girl in Brooklyn. Ironically President Obama’s daughter is named Sasha as well. Natasha (also: Tasha) is also huge in the African-American community.
Look, we all know the Soviet Union was very influential in Latin American countries during the Cold War, and that Communism still exists in Latin America. Also, from my experience Venezuelans actually sound Russian, and seemed to have inherited their low level of trust.
I know a kid friend of Simon DeCarvalho (please help him get a bone marrow transplant) named Dmitri. Dmitri is African-American. I’m not sure why his mother chose that name for him. I know a black boy named Mikael. Interestingly enough, an African-American mother-to-be online posted a question in Yahoo Answers saying that she found a Russian name as “different” and “counter-culture”, but also that it sounded cool.
The Stat-Heads say that Russian names in America is not a significant growing trend. That’s more proof they don’t live in the Real World.
I see it. You see it.
- Славься, Отечество наше свободное,
- Дружбы народов надёжный оплот!
- Знамя советское, знамя народное
- Пусть от победы к победе ведёт!
- Be glorified, our fatherland, united and free!
- The sure bulwark of the friendship of the peoples!
- The Soviet banner is the flag of the people,
- Let it lead from victory to victory!