Leninir and Lenora

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Leninir means “Lenin and the Revolution,” derived from the elements Lenin i Revolyutsiya. This has a very Slavic-like sound to it in the final syllable, almost able to pass as a real name if not for the obvious giveaway in the beginning.

Lenora has obviously been a real name in English for a very long time, an elaborate form of Lenore or a nickname of Elenora, but it also became an invented Soviet name. It means “Lenin is our weapon,” derived from the elements Lenin nashe oruzhiye. I have a character with this name, born Halloween 1941 in the U.S. Her parents wanted to use a Soviet name that wouldn’t be given away so obviously.

Sources consulted:

http://panzercentral.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=96&t=36301 (penultimate post)

http://www.namenerds.com/uucn/listofweek/soviet.html

http://horo.mail.ru/namesecret/

http://www.devichnik.ru/9810/imia.html (male)

http://www.devichnik.ru/9805/imia.html (female)

http://vse-imena.com/

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One comment on “Leninir and Lenora

  1. Damyanti says:

    Lenora is a such a common name. Did not know its Russian implications!

    Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2014, My Latest post

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