SlanderIf you open the telephone directory of your city, then marvel at how many people with completely different names live next to you. Some of them are short and easily pronounced, others are long and bizarre, there are even double ones ... But there is a certain percentage that causes difficulties during pronunciation and spelling, for example, last names ending in "a". The inclination of such words involves certain rules that should always be remembered.


The inclination of female surnames ending in “a” fully depends on how it sounds in relation to a man. A man has always been a carrier of the family name, so if you have difficulty with the spelling or pronunciation of a female last name, you need to find out how it sounds initially.

If the word ends in “-ow” or “-in”, then they can be easily inclined.

Examples: Fedorov, Ilyin, Koryagin, Vascetsova.

If the girl is wearing a surname like Pearl or Currant, then problems may arise.In this case, it is necessary to find out how the male version is inclined. For example, if a man is a Pearl, then a woman will be a Pearl (Pearl). If initially it sounds like a pearl (Peter the Pearl), then the female version will be inclined as a common noun.

Example: the arrival of Veronica Pearls.


Declination of masculine and feminine surnames ending in “a” is permissible if they have Slavic roots and in the nominative case the emphasis falls on the last vowel.

Example: Frying Pan-Frying Pan.


As a rule, if the last vowel is not stressed, then this name can be declined.

Examples: Okudzhava-Okudzhava-Okudzhava-Okudzhava, Vanga-Vangi-Vanga-Vangoy, etc.

Both female and male surnames ending in “a” are not subject to declension, if they are of French origin, and the emphasis falls on the last syllable.

Examples: Dumas, Gavalda.



Double family names can cause much more delusions, especially if the last part ends in a vowel. Declination of male surnames in this case occurs according to the following principle: if the first word itself is not a name,but plays the role of a prefix, it does not remain unchanged, and the second part changes in accordance with the above rules.

If the first part is a surname, then both parts can be inclined.

Example: Kumacheva-Lebedeva, Kumacheva-Lebedeva.


Find out how to persuade last names correctly, and whether they can be changed at all, by drawing attention to the suffixes. If it is of Russian origin, and there are suffixes "-ov", "-ev", "-sk" or "-in", then they can be changed safely in all cases.

Examples: Belov-Belova-Belovu-Belova, Glinsky-Glinskaya-Glinsky-Glinskaya, etc.

Useful recommendation: if you are not sure of the country of origin and therefore can not use the above-mentioned rules, pay attention, what letter stands before the last "a"? If it is a vowel, then such names do not change. For example, Dubois, Morois, etc.


By adopting these simple but useful recommendations, you once and for all insure yourself against difficult situations in correspondence or real communication. Declaring surnames is a controversial "science", so if you have the opportunity, check with the owner himself for the correctness of the pronunciation of his family name.

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