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See now i had no idea that Marat and Dinara were related cause they had different last names. Dinara has an A added to hers. Then i thought about it and Maria has an A added to her name as well since her dad's last name is Sharapov.

It's a common thing in Russia for females to have an A add to their last name???

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Re: Russian Last Names.......

yup. But it differs with the surname. For instance, you would not place an "a" at the end of surnames such as Chakvetadze, Kirilenko. As with Kournikova, Sharapova, Safina, Dementieva, Zvonareva, and several others, this is the case.
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Re: Russian Last Names.......

It is common in Russia they do it to make their names sound more feminine
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I've always find that funny.
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yup. But it differs with the surname. For instance, you would not place an "a" at the end of surnames such as Chakvetadze, Kirilenko. As with Kournikova, Sharapova, Safina, Dementieva, Zvonareva, and several others, this is the case.
Oh, so if the last name ends wit a V the irls will get an A added to it to make it more Feminie. kk, got it

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Oh, so if the last name ends wit a V the irls will get an A added to it to make it more Feminie. kk, got it
not only V. All russian second names form like that. Chakvetadze and Kirilenko are not russian last names

And it's not just to make more feminine, it's the russian language specific. Ending of words (adjectives for example) depends on gender.
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Well this is not only common in Russia. The names in Bulgaria are the same. And it's not strange at all.

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not to make it more feminine, but to point out that it is a female last name.

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Re: Russian Last Names.......

similar in Poland

Marta Domachowska but her dad Domachowski

Agnieszka Radwańska but her dad Radwański

he -ski, she -ska

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yup. But it differs with the surname. For instance, you would not place an "a" at the end of surnames such as Chakvetadze, Kirilenko. As with Kournikova, Sharapova, Safina, Dementieva, Zvonareva, and several others, this is the case.
Chakvetadze- is Georgian surname, Kirilenko- Ukranian.
Most of the Russia surnames has -a at the end. The nouns, adjectives and verbs have male and female forms as well.
And this is very good for the language.
At least you know who you are talking about.
It's not like English, where you can read the whole page about somebody and still do not know who is that person - male or female.
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Re: Russian Last Names.......

It's not to make names sound more feminine. It's just how Russian names work.

Sharapov/Sharapova
Safin/Safina
Linetsky/Linetskaya

You don't add an "a" to Chakvetadze and Kirilenko because they're not Russian last names. Chakvetadze is Georgian and Kirilenko is Ukrainian.

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Golovin would be Golovina if they stayed in Russia.
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Golovin would be Golovina if they stayed in Russia.
yep...

would sound funny

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yep...

would sound funny
actually her name Golovin sounds funny for a russian A girl with male second name
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yep...

would sound funny
To tell you the truth for Russian ear it sounds awful now.
Such a nice girl with very clear Russian and very male surname.
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