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Gender: M Meaning of Asher: "fortunate, blessed, happy one" Origin of Asher: Hebrew Asher's Popularity in 2014: #93

Asher -- an excellent, soft and sensitive Old Testament choice -- is definitely on the rise, climbing more than one hundred places in the last few years, and a Nameberry biblical favorite. Asher's ascent is especially amazing given that it took a hundred-year hiatus from the Top 1000, from the 1890s until reappearing in the 1990s. And now Asher has just broken into the Top 100.

In the Bible, Asher was one of Jacob's twelve sons who gave their names to the tribes of Israel.

Asher has been chosen for their sons by TV newswoman Campbell Brown and actress Embeth Davidtz. Its image was somewhat rejuvenated by an appearance as a character on Gossip Girl, and the rapper Asher Roth.

The novel My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok is the story of a New York Hasidic Jewish boy with artistic aspirations.

Oh--and another plus for Asher: the handsome diminutive Ash.

Famous People Named Asher

Asher, son of Jacob in the Bible
Asher Monroe (Book), American singer and actor
Asher Allen, American football player
Asher Benjamin, American architect
Asher Paul Roth, American rapper
Asher Dan Grunis, former Chief Justice of the Israeli Supreme Court
Asher Brown Durand, American painter
Asher Robbins, U.S. Senator from Rhode Island
Asher Dylan, son of American actress Embeth Davidtz
Asher ben Jehiel, German Talmudist rabbi
Asher Hill, Canadian ice dancer
Judd Asher Nelson, American actor
Asher Keddie, Australian actress

Pop Culture References for the name Asher

Prince Asher, character in "Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow" by Jessica Day George
Asher Hornsby, character on TV's "Gossip Girl"
Asher, character in Lois Lowry's "The Giver"
"My Name is Asher Lev," novel by Chaim Potok
Asher, Character in TV movie "Geek Charming"
Asher Millstone, Character on TV's "How To Get Away With Murder"
Asher, Michael's younger brother on TV's "Supernatural"
Asher Fleming, character on TV's "Gilmore Girls"
Asher Gordon, character in Melody Carlson's "Never Been Kissed"

Ash, Ashor, Ashur, Asser, Osher