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Gender: F Meaning of Sasha: "defending men" Origin of Sasha: Russian, diminutive of Greek Alexander Sasha's Popularity in 2013: #428

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Sasha, largely male in Russia--and also spelled Sascha and Sacha--is an energetic name that has really taken off for girls here, chosen by Jerry Seinfeld (using the alternate Sascha spelling) and other celebs. The Barack Obamas use it as the nickname for their younger daughter, whose proper name is Natasha. But in line with a trend toward softer-sounding boys' names like Asher and Joshua and thanks to Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen, Sasha also still has life as a boys' name too--it's popular in France for boys and girls almost equally.

Another notable female bearer is 2006 Olympic silver medalist skater Sasha Cohen; Sasha Alexander, on the TV show Rizzoli & Isles, was born Suzana. And Sasha Fierce is the name of Beyonce's alter ego.

Sasha, now Number 428, was as high as 147 in 1988.

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Famous People Named Sasha

Sasha DiGiulian, world's greatest female free climber
Sasha Pieterse, American actress
Sasha Cohen, American figure skater
Sasha Grey, American actress
Sasha Alexander, American actress
Sasha Obama (b. 2001), born Natasha, daughter of President Barack Obama, sister to Malia Obama
Sasha Pivovarova, Russian supermodel

Pop Culture References for the Name Sasha

Sasha Torres, on the ABC Family show "Bunheads"
Sasha from Ween's "Freedom of '76"
Sasha Silver, main character in Jessica Burkhart's Canterwood Crest series
Sasha Braus, major huntress character in the anime/manga "Attack on Titan"