Gender Female
Word/name Roman
Meaning Roman clan name "Tatius"
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Related names Tanya

Tatiana (Russian: Татьяна; also romanized as Tatyana, Tatjana, Tatianna, Tatijana, etc.) is a female name of Latin origin. The short form of the name is Tanya (Russian: Таня). Also Taunia, Tawnya, etc.


Tatiana is a female name of Sabine and Latin origin, a feminine derivative of the Sabine-Latin name Tatius. Titus Tatius was the name of a king of the Sabines, an Italic tribe living near Rome, presumably from the 8th to the 1st century BC. Because the Romans met with the Sabines, the name Tatius remained in use in Ancient Rome and during the first centuries of Christianity, as well as its diminutive Tatianus and the feminine Tatiana.

The name then disappeared in Western Europe, but remained in the Hellenic world, and later in the Orthodox world, including Russia. It honors Orthodox Saint Tatiana who was tortured and martyred in the persecutions of Emperor Alexander Severus c. 230 in Rome. Saint Tatiana is also considered a patron saint of Moscow State University in particular and all Russian students in general. Hence, Tatiana Day is celebrated as Students' Day and is usually made the last day of an academic semester, beginning the winter holidays.

Tatiana in fiction, impact of literature

Tatiana Larina is the heroine of Alexander Pushkin's celebrated novel-in-verse Eugene Onegin. The poem was and continues to be extremely popular in Russia.

The character of Tatiana Larina inspired the names of two Romanovs: Princess Tatiana Constantinovna of Russia and her distant cousin Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia.

In Marguerite Duras's novel Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein (The Ravishing of Lol Stein), Tatiana Karl is the heroine's childhood friend who plays a central role in Lol's later traumatic experience.

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