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Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SF_Express, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Borderline biz:

    Until Marat Safin/Dinara Safina, I had never really thought to notice that (a lot of) Russian men's names mostly end in consonants (like v), and women's end in vowels (mostly a).

    So Sergei Fedorov's sister would be Ludmilla Fedorova.

    Think about Russian women's names (Sharapova, etc.) and sure enough.

    I'm 50, been in this business a long time and never thought about it.

    Is this just something everybody knew except me?
  2. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Uh, uh, yeah.

    "ova" means something like woman of

    Martina Navratilova's dad is Navratil.

    Hana Mandlikova's dad is Mandlik.
  3. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    It applies not just to Russian names but to many Eastern European countires..
  4. Twoback

    Twoback Active Member

    SF, you are not alone.
    New to me.
  5. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Kind of like Johnson, Thomson and Svenson?

    Although those dropped the feminine diminutives somewhere along the way.
  6. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    Wouldn't those be Navratlov and Mandlikov?
  7. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Some are 'ova' and some are just 'a'

    It all makes sense now, I guess I had just never given it much thought. A lot of the athletes are in two sports that aren't exactly in my wheelhouse -- hockey and tennis -- although with track and field, I might have noted.
  8. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    And Maria Sharapova's "daddy" is Moddy...
  9. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    In more useless trivia...
    In Iceland, men's names end in "son" and women's names end in "dottir."
    So using Moddy as an example, his son would be Moddyson and his daughter would be Moddydottir.
  10. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Maybe some countries do it that way. They're Czech and they used the whole "ova."
  11. Just_An_SID

    Just_An_SID Well-Known Member

    Scandinavian names use son or dotter at the end of the name to signnify male or female.

    But what if you had a sex change. . . would you have to change the name as well?
  12. OTD

    OTD Well-Known Member

    I think that's just in Iceland.
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