Girl Baby Name

Sasha

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Quick Facts on Sasha

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Russian
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 428
Pronunciation:
SAH-sha
Simple meaning:
Defender of mankind

Characteristics of Sasha

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Sasha

Sasha is the Russian pet form of Alexander and/or Alexandra (Aleksandr or Aleksandra in Russian). Because Sasha is the diminutive of either gender form of the names, it is widely considered a unisex nickname. Sasha was mainly introduced to English-speaking countries via the French in the 20th century. It was quickly adopted as an independently given female name because of the “-a” suffix. Universally, Sasha is really a non-gender specific nickname, but for the purposes of the United States, it’s almost exclusively female. In France, they still give this name to their children and it’s pretty evenly split between male and female.

Popularity of the Name Sasha

Sasha has never showed up on the male naming charts in the United States (at least not for the past 130 years). For females, however, Sasha has had a more illustrative career. She made her debut in 1972 and quickly advanced in popularity. The highest Sasha has come on the charts is the Top 150 list of most favored girl names in America (1988). The name also saw a big gain in 2009, the year after Barack Obama was elected to the Presidency, when Americans were introduced to his darling daughters Malia and Sasha. With its Eastern European roots, Sasha has a strong and confident quality. But it’s also gentle and “mooshy” – like someone you just want to cuddle. We think it works equally as well on boys or girls, but in America the name is really only used on females (Americans are generally uncomfortable with the feminine “-a” suffix on boys). Sasha is an all around adorable name that ages well into adulthood. Other variant forms include Sascha (which is how Jerry Seinfeld spells his daughter’s name), Sacha (which we think sounds masculine despite the “a” ending), and Saskia (a German or Dutch name). We would definitely put this name in the “cool” category. It’s so cool that Beyoncé uses it (Sasha Fierce) as her alter-ego.
Popularity of the Girl Name Sasha
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Sasha

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Sasha

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Sasha

    Sasha (Orlando) Sasha is an important character in Virginia Woolf’s 1928 fantasy-historical novel, Orlando: A Biography. The title character, Orlando, lives over a period of 400 years, never aging beyond thirty-six years and changes from male to female halfway through, switching genders at will. Princess Sasha is the Russian noblewoman with whom the young (male) Orlando has a passionate affair; it is she who awakens in him a deep sexuality and a true appreciation of the nature of the female. Dressing as she does in an Elizabethan version of “unisex” clothing, Sasha’s own gender is unclear at first to Orlando, and hence does not play a conventionally traditional role in her initial attraction for him. Sasha also is his introduction to the concept of despair in his formerly ordered life, when she abruptly leaves him and returns to Russia. It is this that prompts him to begin his search for immortality (which turns out to be love), and it is Sasha who is responsible for his/her growing ability to see beyond the constraints of socially influenced sexual identity.

  • Popular Songs on Sasha

    Popular Songs on Sasha

    I Am...Sasha Fierce - an album by Beyoncé Knowles

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Sasha

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Sasha

    Malia and Sasha Obama (Jennifer M. Besel) - Malia and Sasha Obama used to be normal girls who traveled to school on a bus. Today they ride in a motorcade, surrounded by Secret Service agents. Papparazzi snap their pictures wherever they go. There were even dolls created to resemble them. Learn how the Obama girls are handling their newfound fame. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Sasha & Olly Out and About (Katherine Lodge) - This book is part of a series. Sasha and Olly are playing in the garden. From splashing in the pool to having a picnic, they have a delightfully sparkly day spotting rainbows and then snuggling up together for a nap. The perfect stories for toddlers who love to be out and about! Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Sasha And Babushka: A Story Of Russia (Vladimir Shpitalnik & Cornelia Evans) - Today is Sasha's birthday. Her grandmother has a wonderful surprise planned. Together, Sasha and Babushka ride the train to Moscow and go to a famous puppet theater. Join Sasha and Babushka for their special day! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Sasha and the Magic Pen (Saragine Francois) - Have you ever wished you could trace a friend from your favorite story and they would magically appear? "Sasha and the Magic Pen" is a short story about a ten year old girl named Sasha who accidently discovers the true magic of a pen she found buried in the school playground. After Sasha realizes that Ursa, the friend she drew from the story will not only vanish from every book, but the story will become a reality if she does not get her friend back into the story. Young readers will be entertained and surprised as the story unfolds in a way that no one could have imagined. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Sasha and the Wiggly Tooth (Rhea Tregebov) - Sasha is the last of all of his friends to still have his baby teeth. So when one tooth becomes wiggly, he is excited, curious and also a little bit worried. After politely dismissing all efforts to help the tooth fall out, Sasha is astounded when he swallows the tooth accidentally. With humor and sensitivity, this beautifully illustrated picture book deals with a universal rite of passage experienced by all children. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Sasha Cohen: Fire on Ice (Sasha Cohen) - Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen tells her story -- on and off the ice. Champion figure skater Sasha Cohen captured the world's attention with her exquisite spiral and outstanding layback spin at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. In Torino, she reigned as the most intriguing contender in figure skating at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games and triumphed with the silver medal. For the first time, Sasha tells her amazing story, in her own words, including: Her discovery of ice skating at age 7 and the coaches who trained her; Her comeback from the injury that almost ended her career; The crushing lows and miracle wins. This is the official autobiography of the world's most captivating skater, on and off the ice. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Sasha's Matrioshka Dolls (Jana Dillon) - A sweet confection about the first nesting dolls. In old Moscow live a girl named Sasha and her grandfather, a box maker. One day Sasha’s rag doll is eaten by mice. Her loving grandfather sets out to make her a doll that is impervious to mice, rats, cats, and even the Tsar’s cavalry. What can it be but seven carved wooden dolls nestled together to form one thumbling doll – the first matrioshka, or “little mother.” How Sasha’s grandfather comes to make the doll is at the heart of this warm intergenerational story, lavishly illustrated in brilliant watercolors and colored pencils. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Susie & Sasha's Tea Party (Allison Ames) - Based on the author's experiences encountering different wildlife that she lived with at her farm in the Okanogan Highland Mountains, and she wanted children to hear about them. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Warriors: Tigerstar and Sasha - Into the Woods (Erin Hunter) - First book of the series. Sasha has everything she wants: kind housefolk who take care of her during the day and the freedom to explore the woods beyond Twolegplace at night. But when Sasha is forced to leave her home, she must forge a solitary new life in the forest. Life on her own is exciting at first but quickly gets lonely. When Sasha meets Tigerstar, leader of ShadowClan, she wonders whether she would be better off joining the ranks of his forest Clan. But Tigerstar has many secrets, and Sasha must decide whether she can trust him. Recommended for ages 8-12.

  • Famous People Named Sasha

    Famous People Named Sasha

    Famous People Named Sasha - Sasha Cohen (figure skater); Sasha Obama (First Daughter); Sasha Alexander (actress); Sasha Argov (Israeli composer); Sacha Baron Cohen (actor and comic); Sasha Artemev (gymnast); Sasha Mitchell (actor); Sasha Pivovarova (model)

  • Children of Famous People Named Sasha

    Children of Famous People Named Sasha

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Sasha - Barack Obama (U.S. President); Michelle Obama (First Lady); Kate Capshaw (actress); Steven Spielberg (director); Vanessa Williams (actress/singer)

  • Historic Figures

    Sasha - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Sasha - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Sasha.

Personality of the Girl Name Sasha

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 - Sasha

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