Eastern Slavic naming customs

Eastern Slavic naming customs are the traditional way of identifying a person's given name and patronymic name in Russia and some countries formerly part of the Russian Empire or the Soviet Union.

A Russian citizen's (Yevgeniy Aleksandrovitch Imyarek) internal passport. The lower page includes the lines: Фамилия ("Family name"), Имя ("Name") and Отчество ("Patronymic").

They are commonly used in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and to an extent in Kyrgyzstan and Georgia. It is named after the East Slavic languages group that the Belarusian, Russian, and Ukrainian languages belong to. They are also found occasionally in the Balkans among older generations.

Name Belarusian exampleRussian exampleUkrainian example
First name (given name) Belarusian: Уладзімір, romanized: UladzimirRussian: Владимир, romanized: VladimirUkrainian: Володимир, romanized: Volodymyr
Patronymic Belarusian: Антонавіч, romanized: AntonavichRussian: Антонович, romanized: AntonovichUkrainian: Антонович, romanized: Antonovych
Family name (surname) Belarusian: Іваноў, romanized: IvanoŭRussian: Иванов, romanized: IvanovUkrainian: Іванів, romanized: Ivaniv

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