Trying to figure out how to spell a family name or village in Russian can be quite the challenge.
Stephen Morse has eliminated that mystery on his website here. I’ve tested some of my Russian family and village names and this website gave several good translations per name.
The English to Russian translation programs I use online have struggled with translating some names for me. Stephen Morse’s website is good at translating Russian, German and Jewish names written in English.
So, go check out those interesting names in Russian with the frustration left behind.