Elton John ♪ Nikita

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Elton John - “Nikita” 1985. Elton John, Nikita
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Nikita (Никита, Russian pronunciation: [nʲɪˈkʲitə]) is a Russian masculine name.

But, is used as feminine name in America, due to Elton John's song Nikita.

The Ukrainian and Belarusian variant are Микита Mykyta ([mɪkɪtɑ]),[1] and Мікіта Mikita ([mʲikʲita]), respectively (but Нiкiта Nikita is also in use in both countries). The Romanian variant is Nichita.

The name is derived from the Greek Niketas (Νικήτας, meaning “victor”). The Greek name entered Slavic onomastics due to the veneration of Saint Nicetas the Goth (died 372) in the Russian Orthodox Church.

Since the later 20th century, the name Nikita was also adopted as a feminine name in some countries such as France but remains strictly masculine in Russia and other countries of eastern Europe. This development was presumably inspired by Elton John's song Nikita (its music video portrayed a female Russian border guard, presumably the Nikita of the song) and the French film Nikita.

There is also an unrelated Indian feminine name Niketā निकेता, Nikitā निकिता, from a Sanskrit word nikita निकेत, niketana निकेतन meaning “house, habitation; temple”.

[2015-08-03 Wikipedia Nikita (name)]

The actress in the video is Anya Major (born 1966). She is the same girl in Apple Computer's famous 1984 commercial. See: Humor: Motorola TV Commercial mocks Apple 1984.

Note that, this song is published in 1985, of Cold War era, and you can see how Russia is depicted by the song.

Hey Nikita is it cold
In your little corner of the world
You could roll around the globe
And never find a warmer soul to know

Oh I saw you by the wall
Ten of your tin soldiers in a row
With eyes that looked like ice on fire
The human heart a captive in the snow

Oh Nikita, you will never know anything about my home
I'll never know how good it feels to hold you
Nikita I need you so

Oh Nikita is the other side, of any given line in time
Counting ten tin soldiers in a row
Oh no, Nikita you'll never know

Do you ever dream of me
Do you ever see the letters that I write
When you look up through the wire
Nikita do you count the stars at night

And if there comes a time
Guns and gates no longer hold you in
And if you're free to make a choice
Just look towards the west and find a friend