*Stumbles on Quora question with 100+ answers*
*Quora, instead of futzing around with UI details that already work, should be working on 100+ answer navigation*
By virtue of my surname and my un-Hellenically pale skin, I got Russian in high school.
Given the high intellectual caliber of Russian Jews that I socialised with in high school, and the cultural commonalities between Greeks and Russians mediated by Orthodox Christianity—that confusion was fine by me.
I just never got how they got Николаевич from Nicholas. As opposed to Νικολάου. (Nick Nicholas’ answer to How did your parents decide on your name?)