Varya is a girl’s name most commonly found in Russia and Eastern Europe. As the short form of Varvava or Barbara, it can be translated as “foreign” from Greek. As per Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox tradition, Saint Barbara is an important figure. Imprisoned in a tower and then later martyred when she refused to renounce Christianity, early Christians took inspiration from her and referred to themselves as “barbarians” in comparison to the pagan Romans and Greeks. Her story is said to have even inspired the fairy tale Rapunzel. With history and legend spun together, Varya is a deliciously rich name for your little one to sink their teeth into.
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