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Demetrius of Thessaloniki
Pronunciation [dˈmitri]
Gender male
Language(s) Slavic
Word/name Greek Demetrius
Meaning "devoted/dedicated to Demeter"
Region of origin Ancient Greece
Other names
Alternative spelling Dmitri, Dmitrii, Dmitriy, Dimtri, Dimitry, Dmitry, Demitri, Dmitrij
Variant form(s) Dimitry, Dimitri
Nickname(s) Dima, Mitya
Related names Demetrius, Demetria, Demetrios, Demeter, Demetra, Demi, Dimitrije, Dimitris, Dimitar, Mitar
Popularity see popular names

Dmitry, transliterated from Russian as Dmitrii (Russian: Дми́трий, IPA: [ˈdmʲitrʲɪj]); Church Slavic form: Dimitry or Dimitri (Дими́трий); ancient Russian forms: D'mitr(iy) or Dmitr (Дьмитр(ии) or Дъмитръ) is a male given name, the Russian version of Greek Demetrios (Δημήτριος Dēmētrios, Greek pronunciation: [ðiˈmitrios]). The meaning of the name is a "devoted to," "dedicated to, or "follower of Demeter" (Δημήτηρ Dēmētēr), "mother-earth", the Greek goddess of agriculture.

Short forms of the name from the 13th-14th centuries are: Mit, Mitya, Mityay, Mit'ka or Miten'ka (Мить, Ми́тя, Митя́й, Ми́тька, or Ми́тенька); from the 20th century (originated from the Church Slavic form) are: Dima, Dimka, Dimochka, Dimulya, Dimusha etc. (Ди́ма, Ди́мка, Ди́мочка, Диму́ля, Диму́ша, etc.)

Dmitry is one of the most popular names in Russia. The statistics shows that for five months in the period from March 16 to August 16 in 2005 in Moscow: 1390 boys were named Alexander, 1087 Maksim, 1085 Nikita, 1070 Ivan, 867 Dmitry.[citation needed]

St. Dimitri's Day[edit]

The feast of the martyr Saint Dimitri Solunski is celebrated on Saturday before November 8 [Old Style October 26].

The name day (именины): October 26 (November 8 on the Julian Calendar) See also: Eastern Orthodox liturgical calendar.

The Saturday before October 26/November 8 is called Demetrius Saturday and commemorates those Orthodox soldiers who fell in the Battle of Kulikovo.

Notable people named Dmitry[edit]


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