My Russian friend is teasing with his name. He says friends call him Danila, but it is not his real name.

He told me to substitute one letter in the name Danila to get it right, but I have no idea how and which.

I tried to Google similar names, but I didn't find it.

Can anyone help me to find which letter do I substitute to find a valid male Russian name?

  • It might be Санила (a very colloquial form of Саня which is a form of Александр). Or Ванила (a very colloquial and almost artificial form of Ваня which is a form of Иван). No ideas beyond these two.
    – Abakan
    Feb 18, 2017 at 22:57
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    Try Даниил , which is almost the same name.
    – V.V.
    Feb 19, 2017 at 7:09
  • A litte(child) Danila (Данила, Даниил) also can be called as "Даня". Jul 8, 2019 at 8:57

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Дании́л (Дани́л, Дани́ла) — are different variations of the same name.So I think this is the name you are looking for.Даниил is the name of one of the prophets in the Bible. You need to change the last a into и . Friends can call him Данила,but officially he is Даниил.

  • But this would actually make two-letters difference, wouldn't it?
    – bipll
    Feb 21, 2017 at 6:07
  • @bipil. The last. "A" is changed into " и", that makes one letter actually, and is placed before "л."
    – V.V.
    Feb 21, 2017 at 7:17
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    That makes two steps of transformation, moreover not every definition of Levenstein distance allows letter swaps.
    – bipll
    Feb 21, 2017 at 22:35
  • It can also be Данило. A somewhat archaic variation.
    – user12019
    Jul 6, 2019 at 15:58

I have a friend with officialy name Данил and he rejects other forms like Данила or Даниил.

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