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MeaningRoman clan name "Tatius"
Other names
Related namesTanya

Tatiana (or Tatianna, also romanized as Tatyana, Tatjana, Tatijana, Tytiana, etc.) is a female name of Sabine-Roman origin that became widespread in Eastern Europe. The short form of the name in some Slavic languages is Tanya (Russian: Таня).



Tatiana is a female name of Sabine and Latin origin, a feminine derivative of the Sabine-Latin name Tatius. Titus Tatius was the name of a legendary king of the Sabines, an Italic tribe living near Rome around the 8th century BC. Because the Romans absorbed the Sabines, the name Tatius remained in use in the Roman world and during the first centuries of Christianity, as well as its diminutive Tatianus and the feminine Tatiana.

The name then disappeared from Western Europe including Italy, but remained prevalent in the Hellenic world (Eastern Roman Empire), and later spread to the Orthodox world, including Russia. It honors the Orthodox Saint Tatiana who was tortured and martyred in the persecutions of Emperor Alexander Severus c. 230 AD in Rome. Saint Tatiana is also considered a patron saint of Moscow State University in particular and all Russian students in general. Hence, Tatiana Day is celebrated as Students' Day on January 25th.

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Tatiana Larina is the heroine of Alexander Pushkin's verse novel Eugene Onegin. The poem was and continues to be extremely popular in Russia.

The character of Tatiana Larina inspired[citation needed] the names of two Romanovs: Princess Tatiana Constantinovna of Russia and her distant cousin Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia.

Tatiana is also an important non-player character in the 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons adventure book Curse of Strahd.

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  • Tatiana (tiger), a San Francisco zoo animal who maimed and killed before being shot and killed

Variations of the name[edit]

  • Belarusian: Таццяна (Tatsiana; Łacinka: Tacciana), Diminutive: Таня (Tania), Тацянка (Tatsianka; Łacinka: Tacianka), Танечка (Taniechka; Łacinka: Taniečka)
  • Bulgarian: Татяна (Tatyana), Diminutive: Таня (Tania)
  • Catalan: Tatiana, Diminutive: Tània
  • Czech: Taťána
  • Dutch: Tanja, Tatjana (uncommon), Tania (uncommon now, only in Belgium)
  • English: Tatiana, Diminutive: Tanya, Tania, Tatty, Tattie
  • French: Tatiana, Tatianna, Tatyanna, Tatienne (uncommon), Diminutive: Tania, Tanya
  • Frisian: Tetje Anna (uncommon) Diminutive: Tet, Tetje, Tanje
  • German: Tatjana, Tanja
  • Greek: Τατιανή (Tatiani), Τατιάνα (Tatiana)
  • Hungarian: Tatjána
  • Italian: Tatiana
  • Norwegian: Tatjana
  • Polish: Tacjana
  • Portuguese: Tatiana, Tatiane, Diminutive: Tania, Tati
  • Romanian: Tatiana, Tatianna, Diminutive: Tanea
  • Russian: Татьяна (Tatijana), Diminutive: Таня (Tania), Tanichka, Tanechka, Tatianka, Taniusha, Taniushka
  • Serbian Cyrillic: Татјана
  • Slovakian: Tatiana, Diminutive: Táňa
  • Slovene: Tatjana, Diminutive: Tanja, Variants: Tatiana, Tatijana, Tatja, Tatjanca
  • Spanish: Tatiana, Diminutive: Tania, Tati
  • Ukrainian: Тетяна (Tetiana, Tetyana), Diminutive: Tetianka, Tetyanka

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