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What is the correct way to stress the Russian surname Иванов? I have seen both Ивано́в and Ива́нов.

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    These are two different surnames which are stressed differently. You should stress and pronounce surnames the way the surname bearer does it. – Quassnoi Oct 12 '17 at 12:25
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Ивано́в is much more common although some Ivanovs prefer to be called Ива́нов.

There is also the possessive adjective ива́нов (Ivan's): Ива́нов день (Kupala Night).

  • No, wrong! "Ива́нов" is not surname, see Arioch's answer! – maestro Oct 15 '17 at 6:30
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I would say, if you are sure Ива́нов is a surname - then it most probably not Russian one but some West-Slavic (Bulgarian?).

And even more probable, that Ива́нов was not surname, it was a genitive case of plural of Иван first name.

  • Ива́н => Ива́ны => Ива́нов
  • John => Johns => of Johns

UPD by Yellow Sky: Ива́нов can also be a nominative case singular possessive adjective (John's), like мамин, Серёжин, etc. Cf. "Ива́нов день".

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    West-Slavic (Bulgarian?) Bulgarian is South Slavic. Ива́нов was not surname, it was a genitive case The same applies to Ивано́в as well. – Matt Oct 12 '17 at 15:57
  • @Matt nope, Ивано́в would not be plural genitive from Ива́н in Russian. Apart from Gorbachev-speak. Maybe it will in other Slavonic languages. – Arioch Oct 13 '17 at 10:10
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    Nah, I mean it's a possessive adjective. Language and stress don't matter. – Matt Oct 13 '17 at 11:25
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    But why only plural? Ива́нов can also be a nominative case singular possessive adjective, like мамин, Серёжин, etc. Cf. "Ива́нов день". – Yellow Sky Oct 15 '17 at 14:43
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    Всеволод Ива́нов – mustaccio Oct 30 '17 at 14:26

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