Since most feminine conjugations of Russian names, as well as nouns and adjectives either end with a, or я, I find it weird that Никита is a typical masculine name?

I'm wondering if it is just an "exception" on the rule, or whether there is a logical explanation?

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It comes from Greek masculine name Νικήτας meaning "victor". The Greek ending -ς is usually dropped in Russian so the word ends up with -α. This is similar to French masculine name Nicolas (which was also borrowed from Greek) where the final -s is not pronounced.


Typically short from of masculine first names also end in or .
For instance:

  • Дима
  • Петя
  • Вова, Володя
  • etc

The following full form of masculine first names also end in or :

  • Илья
  • Добрыня
  • Кузьма
  • etc

So it is not weird.


Russian nouns ending in or are either feminine or masculine.

Feminine: мама, тётя, Наташа, Ольга, Светлана

Masculine: папа, дядя, воевода, Никита, Данила, Серёжа, Саша, Коля, Петя

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    Very "nice" answer. I can't believe the other responders found it necessary to inform this person that "his assumption is just wrong." I never ceases to amaze me that someone can achieve such a good command of a language and not learn the finer points of communicating with the appropriate tone.
    – CocoPop
    Commented Sep 24, 2015 at 13:30

Well, your assumption is just wrong. There are some word which are masculine though are ending at -a or -я. Like:

  • Парнишка (or братишка or мишка, plus some other words ending on -ишка)
  • Дядя
  • Деда
  • Мужчина
  • Судья
  • Юноша

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