Nadezhda (given name)

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Gender Female
Word/name Bulgaria/Russia/Serbia
Other names
Related names Nadia, Nadine

Nadezhda or Nadežda (Cyrillic: Надежда) is a Slavic female given name popular in Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and other Slavic countries. It means "hope". A Russian-language diminutive form of this name, and also the Ukrainian version of this name, is Nadia (also spelled as Nadiya or Nadija, Cyrillic Надя). The Belarusian version is Nadzeya (Надзея, Łacinka: Nadzieja), the Serbo-Croatian version is Nada, and the Czech version is Naděžda.

In politics and news media[edit]

  • Nadezhda Neynsky, (Надежда Нейнски, born 1962; formerly Nadezhda Mihaylova, Надежда Михайлова), MEP since 2009, Bulgarian foreign minister 1997–2001, also leader of the Union of Democratic Forces from 2002 to 2005
  • Nadezhda Alliluyeva (Надежда Аллилуева, 1901–1932), second wife of Joseph Stalin
  • Nadezhda Krupskaya (Надежда Крупская, 1869–1939), Russian Marxist revolutionary and wife of Vladimir Lenin
  • Nadezhda Joffe (Надежда Иоффе, 1906–1999), Soviet Trotskyist and daughter of Soviet leader Adolph Joffe
  • Nadezhda Sigida (Надежда Сигид, 1862–1889), Russian revolutionary and central figure of the Kara katorga tragedy
  • Nadezhda Bondarenko (Надежда Бондаренко, born 1950), Transnistrian politician and presidential candidate in the 2006 election
  • Nadezhda Vasilyeva (Надежда Васильева, died 1971), one of several women claiming to be Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia
  • Nadezhda Tylik, a Kursk sailor's mother who was forcibly sedated on an internationally distributed news clip
  • Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (Надежда Толоконникова, born 1989), political activist and artist, nicknamed Nadya Tolokno (Надя Толокно); member of the feminist punk rock collective Pussy Riot
  • Nadezhda Chaikova (Надежда Чайкова, 1963–1996), Russian correspondent known for exposés of Russian military atrocities and close contacts with the Chechen rebels


  • Nadezhda Chizhova (Надежда Чижова, born 1945), Olympic gold, silver and bronze medal-winning Soviet shot putter
  • Nadezhda Belonenko (Надежда Белоненко, 1911–1964), Soviet-Russian tennis player
  • Nadezhda Besfamilnaya (Надежда Бесфамильная, born 1950), Olympic bronze medal-winning Soviet sprinter
  • Nadezhda Frolenkova (Надежда Фроленкова, born 1989), Ukrainian ice dancer
  • Nadezhda Gumerova (Надежда Гумерова, born 1949), Kazakhstani long-distance runner
  • Nadezhda Ilyina (Надежда Ильина, born 1949), Olympic bronze medal-winning Soviet sprinter
  • Nadezhda Khnykina-Dvalishvili (Надежда Хныкина-Двалишвили, ნადეჟდა დვალიშვილ-ხნიკინა, 1933–1994), Olympic bronze medal-winning Soviet track and field athlete
  • Nadezhda Kosintseva (Надежда Косинцева, born 1985), Russian chess player
  • Nadezhda Konyayeva (Надежда Коняева, born 1931), Olympic bronze medal-winning Soviet javelin thrower
  • Nadezhda Olizarenko (Надежда Олизаренко, born 1953), Olympic gold and bronze medal-winning Soviet middle distance runner
  • Nadezhda Ralldugina (born 1957), Soviet middle distance runner
  • Nadezhda Stepanova (born 1959), Russian long-distance runner
  • Nadezhda Tkachenko (Надія Ткаченко, born 1948), Olympic gold medal-winning Soviet pentathlete
  • Nadezhda Torlopova (Надежда Торлопова, born 1978), Olympic silver medal-winning Russian boxer
  • Nadezhda Vinogradova (born 1958), Soviet heptathlete
  • Nadezhda Wijenberg (Надежда Вейенберг, born 1964), Russian-born long-distance runner who represented the Netherlands at the Sydney Olympics in 2000
  • Nadezhda Yakubovich (Надежда Якубович, born 1954), Soviet javelin thrower
  • Nadezhda Yevstyukhina (Надежда Евстюхина, born 1988), Russian weightlifter

In the arts[edit]

  • Nadezhda Mandelstam (Надежда Мандельштам, 1899–1980), Russian writer and wife of poet Osip Mandelstam
  • Nadezhda von Meck (Надежда фон Мекк, 1831–1894), Russian widow best known for her relationship with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Nadezhda Misyakova (Надежда Мисякова, born 2000), Belarusian singer
  • Nadezhda Udaltsova (Надежда Удальцова, 1886–1961), Russian avant-garde artist
  • Nadezhda Teffi (Надежда Тэффи, 1872–1952), Russian humorist writer
  • Nadezhda Zabela-Vrubel (Надежда Забела-Врубель, 1868–1913), Russian soprano
  • Nadezhda Repina (Надежда Репина, 1809–1867), Russian actress and soprano
  • Nadezhda Plevitskaya (Надежда Плевицкая, 1884–1940), Russian singer
  • Nadežda Petrović (Надежда Петровић, 1873–1915), Serbian painter
  • Nadezhda Obukhova (Надежда Обухова, 1886–1961), Russian mezzo-soprano

In the military[edit]

  • Nadezhda Durova (Надежда Дурова, 1783–1866), woman who became a decorated soldier during the Napoleonic wars
  • Nadezhda Popova (Надежда (Надія) Попова, 1921–2013), one of the first military female pilots in the Soviet Union

Fictional characters[edit]

See also[edit]