Ukrainian is a Slavic language, the official state language of Ukraine and the principal language spoken by modern Ukrainians. Ukrainian originated out of the Old East Slavic of the early medieval state of Kievan Rus (10th – 13th century A.D.). Although the language was banned from use during Ukraine’s time as part of the Soviet Union and Russian Empire, the language was retained in folklore songs, legends, by musicians and prominent authors. Although Ukrainian resembles Russian, there are unique difference in words, meanings and pronunciation. Baby Name World is a premier place to start your search for Ukrainian or Slavic baby names and name meanings.