Asta

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Estonian/Scandinavian
(AHS-tah)

The name could either be derived from the Old Norse, Ásta, which was a short form of Astrid

It could also be an Estonian short form of Anastasija.

The name was borne by Danish silent film actress, Asta Nielsen (1881-1972).

As of 2010, Asta was the 48th most popular female name in Denmark.

Anastasia

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Greek
Meaning: “resurrection.”
Eng (an-ne-STAY-zha); (ah-na-STAH-zee-a)

The name is derived from the Greek masculine name, Anastasios (Αναστασιος), which is from the Greek (anastasis) αναστασις the word for resurrection.

The name was popularized in the Orthodox Christian world by an early Christian marytr of Dalmatia, revered as the patron saint of weavers. It is borne by several other saints as well.

Usually, the name is bestowed upon children born around the Easter season, currently, Anastasia is one of the most popular female names in Russia and in other former Soviet countries. Its rankings are as follows:

  • # 1 (Belarus, 2011)
  • # 1 (Moldova, 2008)
  • # 1 (Ukraine, 2010)
  • # 2 (Russia, 2011)
  • # 3 (Estonia, 2011)
  • # 3 (Latvia, 2011)
  • # 5 (Georgia, 2011)
  • # 12 (Kazakhstan, 2010)
  • # 364 (United States, 2010)
  • # 461 (France, 2009)

In the English-speaking world, the name was occasionally used in the Middle Ages in its archaic English forms of Anastice or Anstice (AN-ne-stis); (AN-stis). It was never very common and was only re-introduced into the English-speaking world via Eastern European immigrants in the United States starting in the late 19th-century.

In the Western World, the name is most famously associated with the youngest daughter of the Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, who was rumored to have survived the massacre of her family.

The designated name-days are: December 25 (Germany/Poland), December 22 (Greece), January 4 (Russia), February 4 (Russia), February 27 (Poland), April 15 (Czech Republic/Hungary/Poland), April 30 (Slovakia), August 17 (Poland) and November 11 (Lithuania/Poland/Russia).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Anastasiya Анастасия (Bulgarian/Russian/Ukrainian: a-nah-stas-SEE-ya)
  • Anastàsia (Catalan)
  • Anastasija Анастаија Анастасія (Belorusian/Croatian/Latvian/Lithuanian/Macedonian/Serbian/Slovene)
  • Asja (Croatian/Bosnian)
  • Anastazie (Czech)
  • Anastázie (Czech: ah-nah-STAHZ-ye)
  • Anastasia ანასთასია (Dutch/English/Estonian/Galician/Georgian/German/Greek/Italian/Romanian/Scandinavian/Spanish)
  • Anastasie (French: a-na-stah-ZEE)
  • Anastace/Anstice (English: archaic)
  • Nastassja (German/Rusyn)
  • Anasztázia (Hungarian)
  • Nasztázia (Hungarian)
  • Neszta (Hungarian)
  • Anastasía (Icelandic)
  • Nastachu Настачи (Mari)
  • Nastasu Настаси (Mari)
  • Anastazja (Polish: a-na-STAHZ-yah)
  • Nastazja (Polish)
  • Anastásia (Portuguese)
  • Anna Staschia (Romansch)
  • Staschia (Romansch)
  • Stasia (Romansch)
  • Anastázia (Slovak)

Czech/Slovak diminutives are: Anaska, Anastazka, Anastázička, Anuška, Nasťa, Nastička, Nastík, Staci, Stasa, Staska, Stáza, Stázi, Stazinka, Tazia.
English short forms are: Ana, Annie, Stacey and Tacey.
Greek diminutives are: Natasa, Sia, Tasia , Tasoula.
Polish diminutives are: Ania, Anka, Nastka, Nastusia, Stasia, Staska, Tusia.
Russian diminutives are: Anya, Asya, Nastasya, Nasten’ka, Nastya, Nastyona, Nastyuha, Stasya

Masculine forms include:

  • Anastas Анастас (Bulgarian/Russian)
  • Anastazije (Croatian)
  • Anastáz/Anastásius (Czech)
  • Anastasius (Dutch/Latin)
  • Staas (Dutch: originally a diminutive form, used as an independent given name)
  • Anastasio (Galician/Italian/Spanish)
  • AnastasiosΑναστάσιος (Greek: Modern)
  • Anasztáz (Hungarian)
  • Anastazy (Polish)
  • Anastasi (Romansch)
  • AnastasiyАнастасий (Russian/Ukrainian)

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/anastasia
  2. http://www.askoxford.com/firstnames/anastasia?view=uk

Assia

The name can either be from a Russian diminutive form of Anastasia or it may be from the Arabic آسية.

In the Qu’ran, it is the name of the wife of Pharoah, the women who found Moses and raised him as her own child. Unlike her evil husband, she is considered to be one of the most pious women who ever lived in Islamic tradition. The meaning and origin of the name seems to be lost.

It is currently the 104th most popular female name in France (2009) and the 472nd most popular in Quebec, Canada (2010).

It was borne by Assia Weville, the lover of English poet Ted Hughes. It is also borne by a French pop singer simply known as Assia.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Asiya (Azeri)
  • Asija (Bosnian)
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