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Gender: F Pronunciation: Anna-STAY-zha or Ahna-STAH-zha Meaning of Anastasia: "resurrection" Origin of Anastasia: Greek, feminine variation of Anastasios Anastasia's Popularity in 2013: #257

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Anastasia is no longer a forbidding regal Russian name, but is now seen as a viable -- and increasingly popular -- American option, elegantly beautiful.

Anastasia's greatest claim to fame is via the "lost" daughter of the last czar of Russia, whose story has been told and retold in books and movies.

An old Greek name and also that of an ancient saint--the patron saint of weavers--Anastasia was well used in ancient Britain and in Ireland as well as Russia.

Anastasia's meaning relates to resurrection, making it an apt choice for an Easter or spring baby.

Famous People Named Anastasia

Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova, Grand Duchess of Russia
Anastasia Valeryevna "Nastia" Liukin, Russian-American Olympic gymnast
Anastasia Cannuscio, American ice dancer
Anastasia Maria Mili, American actress
Anastasia Nikolayevna Grishina, Russian Olympic gymnast
Anastasia Konstantinovna Prikhodko, Russian folk pop singer
Anastasia Rodionova, Russian-Australian tennis player
Anastasia Sergeyevna Pavlyuchenkova, Russian tennis player
Anastasia Hille, English actress
Anastasia van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven, daughter of Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau
Anastasia Dhanraj, British actress from House of Anubis who goes by the stage name Tasie Lawrence
Anastasia Griffth, American-Irish actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Anastasia

Anastasia, stepsister in Disney's "Cinderella"
Anastasia Pratt ("Chalkline Annie"), character in movie "Midnight Cowboy"
Anastasia Dewsbury, character in "The Adventures of Harry Richmond" by George Meredith
Anastasia "Dee" Dualla, character on TV's "Battlestar: Galactica"
Anastasia Colborne, character on TV's "Seed"
Anastasia "Stacey" McGill, character in The Baby-sitters Club series
Anastasia, character in Barbara Cartland's "A Kiss for the King"
Anastasia, Red Queen on TV's "Once Upon A Time in Wonderland"
Anastasia Steele, main character in the ''Fifty Shades of Grey'' series
"Yes, Anastasia," song by Tori Amos

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Anastasia's International Variations

Stasa, Nast'A, Staska, Anastászie (Czech) Anastasie (German) Tasoula, Tasia, Anastasha, Anastacia, Natasa (Greek) Anasztaizia (Hungarian) Nastka, Anatazja, Anastazja, Nastusia (Polish) Stasya, Asya, Nastya, Nastasya, Nastasia, Taskenka, Anastasiya, Tasya, Anastassia (Russian)