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Onegin and Tatyana, from an illustrated edition of Eugene Onegin by Elena Samokysh-Sudkovskaya.
MeaningRoman clan name "Tatius"
Other names
Related namesTanja, Tanya, Tetiana, Tia, Tiana, Tonya
Tatyana from Eugene Onegin by Elena Samokysh-Sudkovskaya, 1899.
Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia and Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia as toddlers. Tatiana was named for Tatyana Larina in Eugene Onegin because her parents liked the idea of sisters named Olga and Tatiana as in the poem by Alexander Pushkin.
An icon of Saint Tatiana of Rome.

Tatiana (or Tatianna, also romanized as Tatyana, Tatjana, Tatijana, etc.) is a female name of Sabine-Roman origin that became widespread in Eastern Europe.[1]


Tatiana is a feminine, diminutive derivative of the Sabine—and later Latin—name Tatius. King Titus Tatius was the name of a legendary ruler of the Sabines, an Italic tribe living near Rome around the 8th century BC. After the Romans absorbed the Sabines, the name Tatius remained in use in the Roman world, into the first centuries of Christianity, as well as the masculine diminutive Tatianus and its feminine counterpart, Tatiana.[1]

While the name later disappeared from Western Europe including Italy, it remained prevalent in the Hellenic world of the Eastern Roman Empire, and later spread to the Byzantine-influenced Orthodox world, including Russia. In that context, it originally honoured the church Saint Tatiana, who was tortured and martyred in the persecutions of the Roman Emperor Alexander Severus, c. 230 CE. St. Tatiana is patron saint of students in general and in Russia, students are celebrated on Tatiana Day, 25 January. St. Tatiana is also the patron saint of Moscow State University.


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
  • Croatian: Tatjana, Tanja
  • Czech: Taťána, Táňa
  • Danish: Tatiana, Tanja
  • Dutch: Tanja, Tatjana (uncommon), Tania (uncommon now, only in Belgium)
  • English: Tatiana, Tatyana Diminutive: Tania, Tanya, Tiana, Tianna
  • Estonian: Tatjana
  • Finnish: Tatjana; Diminutive: Taina
  • 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, Tjaša; Variants: Tatiana, Tatijana, Tatja, Tatjanca
  • Spanish: Tatiana, Diminutive: Tania, Tati
  • Ukrainian: Тетяна (Tetiana, Tetyana), Diminutive: Tetianka, Tetyanka[3]

In popular culture[edit]

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 the names of two Romanovs: Princess Tatiana Constantinovna of Russia and her distant cousin Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia.[4]

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

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  1. ^ a b Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006). Oxford Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press. p. 257. ISBN 0-19-861060-2.
  2. ^ Campbell, Mike. "Tatiana". behindthename.com. Behind the Name. Retrieved 17 June 2023.
  3. ^ Campbell, Mike. "Tatiana". behindthename.com. Behind the Name. Retrieved 17 June 2023.
  4. ^ Maylunas, Andrei, and Mironenko, Sergei, editors; Galy, Darya, translator, A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story, 1997, p. 163