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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 "Nastia" Liukin, Russian-American Olympic gymnast
Anastasia Cannuscio, American ice dancer
Anastasia Romanova, daughter of the last czar of Russia
Anastasia Maria Mili, American child actress
Anastasia Grishina- Russian Gymnast
Anastasia Sergeyevna Pavlyuchenkova, Russian tennis player
Anastasia Hille, English actress
Anastasia van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven, daughter of Prince Maurits of Orange-Nassau

Pop Culture References for the Name Anastasia

"Anastasia," movie based on the legend involving the Grand Duchess
Anastasia, one of Cinderella's stepsisters in the Disney movie
Anastasia Pratt ("Chalkline Annie"), character in "Midnight Cowboy"
Anastasia Dewsbury, in "The Adventures of Harry Richmond"
"Yes, Anastasia," song by Tori Amos
Anastasia Colborne, character on the TV show "Seed"
Anastasia "Stacey" McGill, character in The Baby-sitters Club series
Anastasia, character in Barbara Cartland's novel "A Kiss for the King"
Anastasia, Red Queen on TV's "Once Upon A Time in Wonderland"
Anastasia Steele, main character in ''Fifty Shades of Grey''

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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)