Category: "Last names"

Фамилии и имена иностранные

March 3rd, 2009 — posted by Don
How do Russians deal with the last names and first names of foreigners? The general rule makes sense: the name declines if it ends in a sound that is typical for a male/female name and if it matches the gender typical of such names. Not too… more »

Фамилии на -ович

February 24th, 2009 — posted by Don
Some Russian last names end in -ович. That's right: every once in a while you come across a last name that looks like an отчество patronymic. For such names the general rule is that if the bearer is a man, the last name declines, but if the bearer is… more »


February 12th, 2009 — posted by Don
There are many, many Russian last names that end in -ский and its variations. Good students will note that it looks like an adjectival ending, and in fact such names decline exactly like the adjective русский. The first name, of course, still declines… more »

Фамилии на -ин, -ын, -ов, -ев, -ёв

February 9th, 2009 — posted by Don
Фамилия means last name or surname. It does not mean family. Native Russian last names often end in -ов, -ёв, -ин or -ын for men; the feminine forms add -а. Thus when a husband and wife share a last name, the husband could say his last name is… more »