For some reason, today I feel compelled to talk about this delightful Ukrainian name.

As a small child, I watch many delightful pieces of television on the lap of my fathers, including such greats as Inspector Morse; as such lows as Xena: The Warrior Princess. Don’t get me wrong, the latter is a fun show, but it ain’t Shakespeare.

Either way, the point I’m trying to make is that the name Xena is possibly related to the name we’re focusing on today: Oksana.

The name Oksana is alternatively spelt as Oxana, and is the Ukrainian version of the name Xenia, which may seem a darn sight more familiar to you all than Oksana.

I actually know a lady with the name Oksana, and from her accent I’m pretty sure she’s from Eastern Europe, whether it be Ukraine or not is something I’ve yet to fully confirm.

The name Xenia comes from Greek origins, and is the name of a 5th century saint. The meaning of the name? Hospitality.

Strictly speaking, the meaning of the name extends beyond that, seemingly into a whole concept of hospitality, directed towards those considered guests.

It was considered to be of particular importance during the Ancient times, due to the belief that the gods walked among them [the Greeks], so if one were to be a poor host, they could very well be facing the wrath of a god disguised as a stranger.

I have also read somewhere that Zeus was sometimes referred to as Zeus Xenios, alluding to the fact that he also happened to be, amongst other things, the god of travellers.

It was, of course, equally important for guests to be courteous to their hosts.

Other variants of Xenia include Ksenia, Kseniya and Ksenija; Xena comes in to it through possibly being inspired by Xenia.

Now, the name Oksana did not rank in England&Wales last year, although Roksana DID at at staggeringly respectable #830. The people of Englnad&Wales also managed to produce 7 girls with the name Xena last year. Finally, both Xenia and Zenia ranked at #3549.

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2 thoughts on “Oksana

  1. I find it strange, or maybe just typical, that out of soooo many baby name sites, I could only find Oksana’s link to Xenia on two sites other than this post and some of the top sites didn’t mention it. I keep thinking, no wonder why so many parents are misinformed. I haven’t looked into it enough to know if Oksana is mainly from Osanna or if it’s something like Osanna in one country and Xenia in another, if that makes sense, but you’d think these “professionals” would at least mention it. Urgh, rant over.
    Anyways, I’m a big fan of Oksana, Xenia, and Ksenia. I think Roksana/Roxana does have a one-up on these because parents seem to be really fond of the nickname Roxy these days. But I would love to see more of any of them here in the U.S.


  2. The Name Station

    I feel like my obsession with amateur sports and the Olympics makes this name far more familiar to me than Xenia. I think of Oksana Baiul, the Olympic champ in figure skating in 1994!


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