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mboyle
Mar 26th, 2005, 10:48 PM
why in carnation is Maria K's last name Kirilenko instead of, say, Kirilenkova? Isn't Kirilenko a masculine name, as if she were a man?:confused:

RenaSlam.
Mar 26th, 2005, 10:49 PM
Yeah, there's a Russian player in the NBA with the last name "Kirilienko" so I guess it's "uni-sex", haha.

Sam's Slave
Mar 26th, 2005, 10:51 PM
it ends with an O not with a V so that might be the reason.

*hingis_forever*
Mar 26th, 2005, 10:51 PM
I may be way off, but I think it may be Ukrainian.

Lemonskin.
Mar 26th, 2005, 10:53 PM
I may be way off, but I think it may be Ukrainian.
That's actually spot on. It's a Ukrainian name.

mboyle
Mar 26th, 2005, 10:54 PM
So they don't have gender for their words in Ukraine?

Sam's Slave
Mar 26th, 2005, 10:55 PM
it ends with an O not with a V so that might be the reason.


i just looked it up.
male names ending with IN or OV get an A for female version
male names ending with SKY get an SKAYA for female version
ALL other ending names stay the same for male and female!

manu
Mar 26th, 2005, 10:56 PM
If her name were to be KirilenkOVA, the male version should be KirilenkOV. So I guess it's indeed a uni-sex name;)

Lemonskin.
Mar 26th, 2005, 10:56 PM
It IS a Ukrainian name but she was definately born in Russian.

matthieu_tennis
Mar 26th, 2005, 11:06 PM
look golovin why she doesnt have a A at the end golovina Ļ:P

Sam's Slave
Mar 26th, 2005, 11:10 PM
look golovin why she doesnt have a A at the end golovina Ļ:P

because she ainīt a russian anymore...most russians who change their nationality donīt hav the female form of their names.

Tati & Dani
Mar 26th, 2005, 11:24 PM
Yeah, there's a Russian player in the NBA with the last name "Kirilienko" so I guess it's "uni-sex", haha.

yes , andrej from the utah jazz

Sam's Slave
Mar 27th, 2005, 12:57 PM
Once again it is Ukrainian. I hope no one here thinks that you have to have a name that originates from the country to be a country(wo)man of the said place...

but itīs not the reason why kirilenko has no female form...itīs still because of the ending...

Netsurfer
Mar 27th, 2005, 01:02 PM
That's actually spot on. It's a Ukrainian name.
That's funny, I recently asked a Russian friend of mine the same about the Russian opera singer Anna Netrebko, if it wasn't unusual that the name ended on an -o, and she told me that it was because the name is of Ukrainian origin. Well, I didn't actually contribute something new here, just thought I'd mention it. :angel: :hatoff:

Fantastic
Mar 27th, 2005, 01:18 PM
Julia Vakulenko and Larisa Savchenko are in the same boat as Maria Kirilenko, name-wise, as is Nikolay Davydenko. Bleedin' Ukrainians confusing Westerners with their lack of ova's in their surnames. Grrrrr. :mad: ;) :D

CooCooCachoo
Mar 27th, 2005, 01:46 PM
So they don't have gender for their words in Ukraine?

They do, if it ends in a V I think. Remember Medvedev and Medvedeva?