In Russia, the countrys most famous people are not the ones you might think of.
They are not Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev, but a very different breed of Russian.
Read More Russian names, according to a study conducted by the Institute of the Study of Modern Russian Culture, are far more common in Western countries than they are in Russia.
The study, which is based on interviews with over 500 people across six regions of the country, reveals that in western countries, the average number of Russian surnames is about half that of Russian names.
The highest number of russian surnames are in the US and UK, with a few other countries showing a similar trend.
The reasons behind this range from geography to the cultural traditions of the region, and are largely the same across the country.
But the results suggest that in Russia, names tend to be more feminine and less masculine, with the most common Russian surname in the west being Ренемпа, which means “little woman”.
Read More The findings were revealed by the Russian Institute of Sociology and Social Sciences (SIPS), which is an independent institution.
“The gender gap is particularly pronounced in the western countries and we know that Russian people prefer masculine names, which in the case of the US is more feminine than masculine,” said Dr Elena Voznyk, a research fellow in the SIPS’ Institute of Human and Socio-economic Sciences.
“This shows that Russian names are more masculine in the West.
But in the country as a whole, the male-to-female ratio is very low.”
Read MoreVoznyak said the study had found that western countries tended to have more masculine names than Russia, which has a higher ratio of masculine names to feminine ones.
“In the West, the female-to the male ratio is the highest in the world, and this is partly because the western population is more homogeneous and more diverse,” she said.
The results of the study were published in the journal Sociological Science.
“It is surprising that the male to female ratio is not higher in the countries of the east, especially in the USA, UK, France, Germany and Italy,” said Voznick.
“If we want to understand gender differences in Russian society, we should also take into account the socio-cultural differences between Russia and other countries,” she added.
While Russia is home to a number of popular female names, including Мартан, Дурф, Носква, Короф and Начема, there are also many names that are considered less feminine, such as Мейфим, Россия, Патра, связа, and Кулий.
There are also more masculine-sounding names in the east.
In the US, for example, the word Моля means “beautiful”, whereas the word размайн means “gorgeous” or “beautifully formed”.
“It is true that Western countries have a very large number of male-sounding Russian names,” said Ivana Zalogaeva, an expert in Russian names at the Institute for Research on the History of Language and Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
“But they are not always as masculine as the names in Russia.”
Voznick said the gender gap was not just limited to the western world.
“The most striking gender difference between the two countries is that in the Western countries, male-named names tend more to be masculine, while in the Russian area, male names tend less masculine than their female counterparts,” she explained.
The gender difference is particularly noticeable in the region of the former USSR, which was ruled by the Soviet Union until the collapse of the Soviet system in 1991.
In Russia, there is a strong tradition of masculine naming, with Russian women generally preferring masculine names such as “Daya”, “Voznana”, “Maria” and “Maria and her children”.
While Russian boys are more likely to be called “Davy”, “Davydas” or simply “Dava” in western-style Russian names in contrast, this is not the case in Russia as a country.
“Western-style Western-style male names are not considered masculine in Russia,” said Zalugaeva.
It is not just the gender of the name, but also the way in which it is used that influences how Russian children perceive the gender.
In Russia it is common for children to call their mother “Masha”, and in Western-Style Russian names the pronoun is more common for “Mashna”, with “Misha” being the most commonly used.
“It seems that children prefer masculine male names to female-