For this year’s A to Z Challenge, my theme is the invented names which were so popular in the early decades of the Soviet Union. For letters which had no associated names, I used modern Russian names borrowed from other languages and cultures. Since there are five Roman letters which don’t exist in Russian Cyrillic (H, J, Q, W, X), those days are wildcards, with various names I like or find interesting. In the interest of equality, each day features both a female and male name.
Some of the names I’m going to feature are definitely not names I’d ever recommend to anyone! Some work outside of the historical setting, like Velira and Damir, but most of them are best left to the dustbin of onomastics history.
Aelita is the title character of Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy’s 1923 sci-fi novel about an engineer and retired soldier who travel to Mars. Martian society very much resembles capitalism, with a huge gulf between haves and have-nots. Aelita is a Martian princess whom the lonely engineer falls in love with. The book was made into a film in 1924, which I wasn’t so wild about.
Avangard means, obviously, “avant-garde,” more of an intellectual name than one with any apparent political overtones.
http://panzercentral.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=96&t=36301 (penultimate post)