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Skya, Ova, Eva

Maybe I'm just dumb or I'm not thinking, but how come you never hear of a russian man whos last name ends in -SKYA or -OVA? Maybe I'm forgetting someone, but I don't think I've ever heard of a man with a last name that ends in one of those...but you would think there would have to be since they have parents...anyone know?
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It's their culture. Add an a in their surname for all female only. Like Marat Safin's sister named Dinara Safina.


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The a at the end is a feminine thing

for example, Yevgeny Kafelnikov's daughter is Kafelnikova


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ohhhhh ok...so kournikovas dad is just Kournikov....ok that makes sense, thanks a lot
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but what when a woman marries a man. I read here that ova means daughter off so when you marry that would not make sense

and still I heard people say alla kournikova

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but what when a woman marries a man. I read here that ova means daughter off so when you marry that would not make sense

and still I heard people say alla kournikova
It doesn't litteraly mean "daughter of" it means just "of" (possesive) Kournikov's Anna (eng) = Anna Kournikova.

And you can do it to all the names, not just Russian. It was the same in slovenian language, but is now considered very outdated: for example
Tina Pisnik (family Pisnik = Pisnikovi; Tina as a part of family = Pisnikova).
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I always throught the 'A' meant she, like Navrotilova means 'she who will return' or something.
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but what when a woman marries a man. I read here that ova means daughter off so when you marry that would not make sense

and still I heard people say alla kournikova
Daughter of is ovNa, not ova. so again, here comes the next russian top player: Serena Richardovna Williamsa. got it?

Hewitt 255, there is russian speaking men with "a" in te end of their name. You remember Sergeij Bubka. Hir son , also named Sergeij, Sergeij Sergejovitch Bubka, is a very talented junior tennis player.

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It's mostly just Eastern European countries that do this right? I mean I see this in Russian and former Soviet countries, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Bulgaria and that is about it.

I don't see for instance Hungary or Romania that practice this.
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I just wanna ask, for example, if Kournikova marries Federov, would she be Mrs Federova? Or Mrs Anna Federov?
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Hungarians and Rumanians are non slavic people. Their languages are different then their slavic neighbours. That's why don't have an eva or ova ending to their last names.
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I just wanna ask, for example, if Kournikova marries Federov, would she be Mrs Federova? Or Mrs Anna Federov?
I suppose she would still be female, so Fedorova is right. Fedorov is male!

Nomberous examples of Russian girls who has married ( without telling us in the west) and later started underr different names.

Larissa Pytitsina became Lasutina
Olga Kolomina became Savjalova
Anfiza Rhetsova became Romanova and thei all became olympic or world champions, Larissa and Anfisa under both names for good measure!
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True about the a's though the surname of Baby Blue Eyes ends in "skaya", not "skya". BTW, Dinara's Mom (her coach now, B4 that of Marat and some other big names) is Raousa (sp?) Islanova.
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