Last Updated on June 10, 2022
Believe it or not, about 250 million people use Cyrillic, either as a national language or as an alphabet. That’s why it pays to include support for this linguistic system when creating design elements, like fonts. If you want to specialize in Cyrillic typography, including various Slavic languages is a plus.
Brief History of the Cyrillic Alphabet
The answer to the origins of the Cyrillic Alphabet lies in its name. 9th Century Byzantine missionary St. Cyril, with his brother, Methodius, created the first Slavic alphabet – the Glagothic. This was initially meant to translate Greek religious texts to a system the Slavs can use.
Glagothic was the basis used by the First Bulgarian Empire to create this Eastern European lettering system in 10th Century A.D.. The original Cyrillic alphabet had 24 Greek letters and 19 letters for sounds specific to the Slavic language.
This system has gone through numerous reforms in Russia and other Cyrillic-using countries. These changes streamlined the system by removing redundant or unnecessary characters and simplifying inscription methods.
The current form of the Cyrillic Alphabet saw first use in 1708 during Peter the Great of Russia’s reign. Lowercase characters were introduced, and the use of westernized letter forms was mandated. This gave modern Cyrillic similarities to modern Latin script.
Sophisticated Cyrillic Fonts
Cyrillic is currently the third official script of the European Union. It is used in over 50 various languages such as those of Russia and other Eastern European states. This system of letters is also used in countries of Central Asia. Some traditions in Russia also make use of Old Slavic scripts for religious purposes.
Whatever your project, these strong Cyrillic fonts should serve the intended function.
Get that grungy stamp effect that still oozes 21st century vibes from this font set by Artcoast Std.. Product includes 12 badges to help your branding efforts.
3. Artifex Hand CF
Featuring 16 humanist styles, this sans serif by Connary Fagen has a surprising calligraphic feel that’s still easy to read.
4. Visby Round CF
Soft, charismatic, and rather geometric, this friendly sans contains support for Cyrillic characters for all your design requirements.
Versatile, legible, and unpretentious, Fontanatype gives this font family a renewed look with refreshed Latin characters and redrawn Cyrillic.
6. Cocogoose Classic
Give your logos, headlines, quotes, invitations, and social media posts some emotional notes using this handmade antiqua font pair (Bold and Bold Italic) by Piñata.
8. TOMO Zomba PRO
This multi-purpose typeface from TOMO Fonts has a retro-horror feel, but can still be used for other themes, such as kids’ projects or commercial headlines.
9. Zing Rust
11. Keril Devil
Chekart proudly brings you this fun typeface that can be used for children’s book covers to adventure posters. Contains Cyrillic characters and multilingual support.
12. Drone Ranger PRO Font Family
Re-drawn, re-vamped, and upgraded, this collection from Vintage Type Company still has that bold, futuristic design that fans have come to know, but with improved glyphs and tons of extras.
13. Muller Family
The wider structure of this font family will ensure readability in smaller sizes, while providing finer details in larger sizes.
14. Green Grove
With low contrast and compressed proportions, this display typeface by True Story Letterworks is ideal for personal projects or corporate branding.
16. Spilled Ink
Michael Rafailyk presents this unique font that spills and spreads to fill in the voids in your design. Use it to complement illustrations, cartoons, or drawings.
17. Pines Black
Need something sweet and eye-catching for your games, packaging, or t-shirts? Look no further than this decorative typeface from TypeMate.
The subtle personality in this contemporary sans by Genilson Santos will give your posters, headlines, logos, and banners the full-bodied treatment.
20. Roca Font Family
If there’s a perfect typeface for logos or headlines, this might be it. Brought to you by Karandash, this beautiful, fat cursive has full Latin and Cyrillic support for your convenience.
Make anything stand out in this bold and audacious display font from Reformer Mockup. Product includes Latin and Cyrillic variants.
24. SK Concretica
Featuring 29 fonts, this product by Zetafonts pays homage to the iconic look of low-contrast old-style, like Cooper Black and Goudy.
26. MADE TheArtist
Grab this awesome font duo from MadeType that contains Cyrillic support. Enjoy a retro grotesk and a modern script with lovely swash alternates.
28. Galpón Family
Capture that wistful elegance through this fashionable, minimal typeface by Elvinova.
31. Fontatica 4F
Designed by Sergiy Tkachenko, this blunt-cornered typeface has soft qualities despite its high-tech geometric shapes. It supports over 121 languages, including Cyrillic.
32. Averta CY
With a combination of early European grotesque features and American gothics, Kostas Bartsokas gives you this neutral and modernist font set that has a total of 16 variants.
33. Konga Pro
Make your graphic novels, comics, and children’s book covers stand out in this fun and bold font that now has Cyrillic support.
34. Autumn Sweater