Again and again I am being asked about my name (axinia), so I decided to write a post and let all the curious people just read that 🙂
I was lucky to be given that strange but beautiful name by my parents. Strange because it is not easy to identify the origin and meaning of it. Beautiful – because it is what everyone says 🙂 However, when you know the history, it becomes very easy!
You might be familiar with the word “xenophobia“. “Xenos” is a Greek word meaning “foreign, strange”. The name “Xenia” had come to Russia with the Greek Orthodox Church long ago and was transferred into its Russian version “Axinia” ( in Ukraine it became “Oxana”). Nowadays these versions are independent names, with the following ranking: Oxana – very popular, Xenia – less popular, and Axinia – almost unknown. Personally I have never came across anyone with the same name (and I met several thousands of people, I guess). You can surely find some examples in the Internet, but it is a good luck to meet one in person.
To have such a name is very practical in the modern life – it becomes easily a brand if one wants to, being both unforgettable and powerful (through the combination of “a” and “x”). And I do take advantage of that, as you may have noticed 🙂
In Russia the name became famous after the novel based film “ And Quiet flows the Don” that broght Nobel Prise to its author, M. Sholokhov in 1965. Axinia was the main female character and my parents were somehow related to the author… That way it came to me.
And I really love the name!
And what about your name?