Not only is Kobyla Russian for mare, but his relatives were also nicknamed after horses and other house animals, thus suggesting descent from one of the royal equerries. His descendants took the surname Koshkin, then changed it to Zakharin, which family later split into two branches: During the reign of Ivan the Terriblethe former family became known as Yakovlev Alexander Herzen being the most illustrious of themwhereas grandchildren of Roman Zakharin-Yuriev changed their name to Romanov.
Grand Duchess Anastasia in Grand Duchess Anastasia in a formal portrait taken in When Anastasia was born, her parents and extended family were disappointed that she was a girl. They hoped for a son who would be heir apparent to the throne.
Tsar Nicholas II went for a long walk to compose himself before going to visit Tsarina Alexandra and the newborn Anastasia for the first time. Anastasiaknown as "the breaker of chains"  because, in honor of her birth, her father pardoned and reinstated students who had been imprisoned for participating in riots in St.
Petersburg and Moscow the previous winter. They slept on hard camp cots without pillows, except when they were ill, took cold baths in the morning, and were expected to tidy their rooms and do needlework to be sold at various charity events when they were not otherwise occupied.
Most in the household, including the servants, generally called the Grand Duchess by her first name and patronymAnastasia Nikolaevna, and did not use her title or style.
She was occasionally called by the French version of her name, "Anastasie", or by the Russian nicknames "Nastya", "Nastas", or "Nastenka". Other family nicknames for Anastasia were "Malenkaya", meaning "little one " in Russian,  or "schwipsig", meaning "merry little one"  or "little mischief"  in German.
Young Anastasia was a vivacious and energetic child, described as short and inclined to be chubby, with blue eyes  and strawberry-blonde hair. Gibbes, Gilliard, and ladies-in-waiting Lili Dehn and Anna Vyrubova described Anastasia as lively, mischievous, and a gifted actress.
Her sharp, witty remarks sometimes hit sensitive spots. As a child, she would climb trees and refuse to come down. Hallie Erminie Rivesa best-selling American author and wife of an American diplomat, described how year-old Anastasia ate chocolates without bothering to remove her long, white opera gloves at the St.
The two girls shared a room, often wore variations of the same dress, and spent much of their time together. The four girls sometimes signed letters using the nickname OTMAwhich was derived from the first letters of their first names.
The Grand Duchess suffered from painful bunionswhich affected both of her big toes. She hid under the bed or in a cupboard to put off the massage.
Olga Alexandrovna said she believed all four of her nieces bled more than was normal and believed they were carriers of the hemophilia gene, like their mother. His mother and one sister, identified alternatively as Maria or Anastasia, were carriers.
Therefore, had Anastasia lived to have children of her own, they might have been afflicted by the disease as well.
Anastasia and her siblings were taught to view Rasputin as "Our Friend" and to share confidences with him. Anastasia, her sisters and brother Alexei were all wearing their long white nightgowns.Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (Russian: Анастаси́я Никола́евна Рома́нова, tr.
Anastasíya Nikoláyevna Románova; June 18 [O.S. June 5] – July 17, ) was the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, the last sovereign of Imperial Russia, and his wife, Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna..
Anastasia was the younger sister of Grand Duchesses Olga.
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The story of Anastasia Romanov is one of the most heart-wrenching stories ever told; it is about the horrific fate that she and her family suffered during the Bolshevik Revolution. 1. The Allure of the Romanov Sisters. Czar Nicholas II and his wife, Czarina Alexandra, had five children, four of whom were daughters.
Known for their illustrious beauty and tight-knit relations, Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Nikolaevna (referred to as OTMA) are still considered intriguing historical figures nearly years after their tragic ending.
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The remains of the Romanov family were finally discoverednear Ekaterinburg in Intriguingly two skeletons were missing, those of ayoung woman and the boy, Alexei.
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