for example, the last empirical family:
Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova: Anastasia was her name, Nicholas was her father, of the Romanov family and she takes the feminine version whereas her brother...
Alexei Nikolaevitch Romanov: His name is Alexei, Same father and family but he takes the masculine version
so, what a typical russian name tells you is this:
- whether you are male or female
- what family you belong to
- who your father is in that family (so which nuclear family you belong to)
- your specific, individual name
boom. knowledge dropped. you can all consider yourself smarter.