Elton John ♪ Nikita
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]), 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)]
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