This year, for tragically obvious reasons, my A to Z theme will be Ukrainian names. Though many names in that language also occur in other Slavic languages, I’ll try my best to stick with uniquely Ukrainian names. I’ll also try to avoid repeating any of the names I featured when I did a general Slavic names theme in April 2019. Feel free to let me know if I missed any names for any of the letters!
Because Ukrainian Cyrillic lacks a J, Q, W, and X, those days will be wildcards with names from other languages.
Ahlaya is the Ukrainian form of Greek name Aglaia (beauty, splendour), one of the three Graces.
Ahnesa is the Ukrainian form of Agnes, which derives from Greek name Hagne and root hagnos (chaste). Because St. Agnes was often pictured with a lamb, the name took on an association with the Latin word agnus (lamb).
Alevtyna may be a variant of Valentina, which derives from Roman cognomen Valens (strong, healthy, vigourous).
Anhelika is a form of Angelica, derived from both Latin word angelicus (angelic) and Greek angelos (messenger).
Anichka is a diminutive of Anna, the Slavic form of the Hebrew name Chana (grace, favour).
Anisiya is the Ukrainian form of Greek name Anysia, which probably means “completion, fulfillment.”
Archelaya is a rare, archaic form of the male Greek name Archelaos (master of the people).
Avhusta is the Ukrainian form of Augusta (venerable, exalted), derived from Latin root augere (to increase).
Afinahor comes from the Greek name Athenogoras, which derives from Athena (meaning unknown) and either agoreuo (to orate, to speak publicly) or agora (market, assembly).
Ahapit comes from Greek name Agapetos (beloved).
Akhayik comes from Greek name Achaikos (a reference to the Achaia region)
Akhemenid is a rare form of the Greek name Achaimenides (son of Achaimenes). In turn, Achaimenes comes from the Old Persian name Haxāmaniš, which derives from roots haxā (friend) and manah (mind, thinking power).
Aliksey is a variant form of Aleksey, which comes from Greek name Alexis (helper, defender).
Andriy is the Ukrainian form of Andrew, which comes from Greek name Andreas and root andreios (manly, masculine).
Antin is a folk form and older form of Anton, which comes from Roman family name Antonius (of unknown Etruscan origin).
Arkhelay is the Ukrainian form of Greek name Archelaos (master of the people).
Avhust is the Ukrainian form of Augustus (venerable, exalted), derived from Latin root augere (to increase).