Spelling Ukraine
Language is political. Transliterate correctly.
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What does this app do?

Use this app to quickly look up the correct English spelling of any Ukrainian place name, personal name, or other word. You can search by typing in Ukrainian, English, or another relevant language — many entries will also match on outdated or incorrect spellings too. Currently, this vocabulary contains 553 items, all carefully reviewed by humans.

Why does spelling matter?

The Ukrainian language has a long and troubled history. Before it became independent, Ukraine had spent many decades occupied by the Russian-speaking Soviet Union and, prior to that, the Russian Empire. During this period, the Ukrainian language was suppressed and its speakers were persecuted and ridiculed. The vast majority of institutions at the time mandated the use of Russian, which severely limited opportunities for other languages to thrive.

Because of this, nearly all Ukrainian names initially made it into English based on their transliteration from the Russian language, instead of Ukrainian. Nowadays, as Ukraine strives to assert its own identity, the use of Ukrainian-based spelling is becoming more prevalent and, as never before, more important.

In the face of Russia's military aggression and continuous attempts to undermine and, ultimately, erase Ukrainian culture, the choice of spelling is no longer a matter of preference, but a political stance. Taking a moment of your time to ensure that you are writing correctly is yet another small way that you can #StandWithUkraine in its fight for freedom.