The meaning of the name “Asher” is: “Fortunate; blessed; happy”.
Additional information: Asher is a masculine Hebrew name that can mean either ‘blessed’ or ‘happy’. Asher was the name of one of Jacob and Ziplah’s sons in the Old Testament, and he later gave his name to one of the tribes of Israel. Alternative spellings for Asher are ‘Axsher’ and ‘Aser’, although the latter is also a biblical Greek and Latin variant. For a similar name to Asher, the names of the other sons of Jacob are appropriate, such as Levi, Joseph, or Benjamin, and for a feminine replacement the name Dinah is the only mentioned daughter of Jacob – alternatively, the name Ashley sounds similar to Asher. In Yiddish the name Asher has the diminutive Anshel, and in English it easily shortens to the name Ash. Asher is sometimes misspelled as ‘Ahser’ and ‘Sher’.
The name Asher made a brief foray into popularity during the late 19th century, but it faded into obscurity for the next century. Although it entered the top thousand names in 1983 and 1985 respectively, it wasn’t until 1992 that it began seriously climbing the popularity rankings. By 2014, the name Asher had climbed from 960th in 1992 to the 93rd most popular name for boys in the USA. Although the name hasn’t been as popular in England and Wales, it has been almost consistently in the top five hundred names for boys since 1996, missing out on the top five hundred for only one year – 2001.
Famous people with the name Asher include Asher Asher (Scottish physician), Asher Keddie (Australian actress), and Asher Roth (American rapper).
In Jewish legend, Serah bat Asher is the only one of Jacob’s granddaughters to be mentioned (alongside his 53 grandsons). Her name is also on the census taken by Moses in the desert, several hundred years later, leading some to believe that she may have lived for hundreds of years. Although her biblical mentions are brief, there are a lot of legends surrounding her: that she died in a fire in a Persian synagogue in the ninth century, that she was taken to heaven to preside over a palace of thousands of women, and that she never actually died, and roams the world still.
The first thing you should know if you are considering Asher for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Asher is a boy name.
The name Asher is of Hebrew origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, Hebrew speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Asher we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Asher Name Meaning
The meaning of Asher is “Fortunate; blessed; happy”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Asher and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Asher and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Asher is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Popularity of the Name Asher
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Asher displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Asher Boy Name Popularity Chart
Asher Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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