Quick Facts on Asia
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Asia
Asia is another example of a given name created from a place name. Asia is the largest of the world’s seven continents and one which contains nearly 50 countries. The actual word “asia” came from the ancient Greeks (Ἀσία) which the Romans reinterpreted to Asia in their Latin language. The Greeks may have adopted the word from ancient Mesopotamians (from the now-defunct language of Akkadian) “asu” meaning “east”. The east, of course, is the direction from where the sun rises and delivers the dawn of each new day. East is also the direction toward which the earth rotates on its axis (hence the orientation of the sunrise) which is how the east also became called the Orient among Westerners. Asia is a name that conjures up a “rising” sense of movement and a lucky direction (many ancient temples were built facing east). And unlike four of the other seven continents (i.e., North and South America, Europe and Australia), Asia is not part of Western civilization, furnishing the place name with ample foreign mystery and intrigue. Interestingly, the female given name Asia is immensely popular in Italy right now.
Popularity of the Name Asia
Asia first appeared on the American female naming charts in 1979 probably in reaction to an interest in place names for girls. The name saw immediate and impressive strides up the charts until it hit its peak popularity in 1997 at position #197. Since the turn of the 21st century, however, Asia has been on a backwards trajectory and appears to be going out of style as fast as she came in. Still, this is a name that reminds us of another place name: India. Both names are feminine yet off-beat and interesting. They are far-off distant lands which convert into pretty sounding girl names that are much more distinctive than say Savannah or Brooklyn. We’ll have to wait and see if Asia “rises” again on the charts.
Popularity of the Girl Name Asia
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Asia
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Asia
Asia We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Asia.
Popular Songs on Asia
Asia - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Asia.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Asia
A Is For Asia (Cynthia Chin Lee) - An alphabetical introduction to the diverse peoples, lands, and cultures of the world's largest continent. Recommended for ages 4-6.
Asia (Allan Fowler) - The popular Rookie Read-About Geography Books expand horizons - to all corners of the globe! With this series all about geography, emergent readers will take off on adventures to cities, nations, waterways, and habitats around the world…and right in their own backyards. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Asia
Famous People Named Asia - Asia Argento (Italian actress); Asia Carrera (American porn star)
Children of Famous People Named Asia
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Asia - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Asia.
Asia - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Asia - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Asia.
Personality of the Girl Name Asia
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Asia