marchfly (marchfly) wrote in little_details,

Russian diminutive for Konstantin?

This is my first time posting here so I really hope I'm doing this right...

A few of the main characters in my story are Russian. Two of them are twins, born circa 1902 in Russia to a middle-class Russian father and his English wife. As enthusiastic as I am on Russian history, at the moment I'm not a genius at it and so I hope I don't sound ignorant or stupid.

My question is regarding names - the boy I called Konstantin; as far as I can tell (from research into obituaries from the time and similar records) there's nothing inaccurate about it (please correct me if I'm wrong).

The girl, however, I struggled with. I have a great attachment to the name Sasha, which I know is a diminutive for Aleksandr. Considering that their mother was English, I was wondering if there was any likelihood that they would call a girl Sasha at the time? It seems like a total cheat to use the excuse 'oh, her mother was English and just liked the name' lmao but I really do like it.

If Sasha is too unlikely, I'd love suggestions? I'm fond of girl names with 'shka' in them; I've been searching the internet for names of the time and I don't know if I'm just looking in the wrong places but I'm not having much luck.

Thanks so much!
Tags: russia: history, ~languages: russian, ~names

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