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PronunciationRussian: [ˈdmʲitrʲɪj]
Word/nameGreek Demetrius
Meaning"devoted/dedicated to Demeter"
Region of originAncient Greece
Other names
Alternative spellingDmitry, Dmitrii, Dmitriy, Dimtri, Dimitry, Dmitry, Demitri, Dmitrij, Dimitri, Demetri, Dimietri, Dimitrii
Variant form(s)Dimitry, Dimitri
Nickname(s)Dima, Mitya
Related namesDemetrius, Demetria, Demetrios, Demeter, Demetra, Demi, Dimitrije, Dimitris, Dimitar, Mitar
Popularitysee popular names

Dmitri (Russian: Дми́трий); Church Slavic form: Dimitry or Dimitri (Дими́трий); ancient Russian forms: D'mitriy or Dmitr (Дьмитр(ии) or Дъмитръ) is a male given name common in Orthodox Christian culture, the Russian version of Greek Demetrios (Δημήτριος Dēmētrios [ðiˈmitrios]). The meaning of the name is "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.)

St. Dimitri's Day[edit]

The feast of the martyr Saint Demetrius of Thessalonica 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[1] and commemorates the Orthodox soldiers who fell in the Battle of Kulikovo.

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  1. ^ "Lives of the Saints - Orthodox Church in America".