|Every Russian name consists of three names: a first (given) name, a patronymic name and a surname:
The first name is given by parents shortly afer the child’s birth. Accordingly to Russian laws child can change the name after majority. The first name is the main name of Russian people. Most of Russian names have a variety of forms. For example, name Mikhail (the first name of the First President of Russian Federation). The full form Mikhail is used in formal relationships, in official documents (passport, birth certificate, contracts). The short name Misha is used by friends and family members. Affectionate form Mishenka, Mishunya is used by parents, grandparents. And rude formMishka is impolite.
Russian patronymic name is derived from father’s name according to rule:
Russians used First and Patronymic Name in formal relationships, with unfamiliar people, with doctors, teachers, lecturers, older members of family, directors, leaders and other respected people (ex. Vladimir Vladimirovich, Lev Nikolaevich, Fedor Mikhailovich).