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The characters in Crime and Punishment can be named in a variety of ways.
Russian names have three parts: the individual's first name, a patronymic (see below), and the family's last name. For example: Rodion (first name) Romanovitch (patronymic) Raskolnikov (family's last name).
The Russian patronymic is formed using the first name of a person's father and adding either -ovitch ("son of") for males or -ovna ("daughter of") for females. These patronymics are often combined with a person's first name in familiar address ("Katerina Ivanovna" for Katerina Ivanovna Marmeladov).
Some characters are more commonly referred to by their nicknames ("Sonia" for Sofya Semyonovna) or simply by their last names ("Luzhin" for Pyotr Petrovitch Luzhin).
In addition, Dostoevsky gave many important characters names connected to their natures, based on words that Russian readers understood: