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  1. #6
    I am a huge name nut, so I am aware that the name Asher is Hebrew in origin, however, when I hear the name I do not just associate it as a Jewish name. I think it's a great name and I also love the meaning! I also like the name Zachary, however I like Asher even more!

  2. #8
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    30 years ago, I think it was strictly a Jewish name. Now? It's pretty mainstream and I don't think anyone would assume the bearer was Jewish anymore than someone named Benjamin or David.

    The first time I heard the name was in a Jewish context in the book My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok (which is a great book). Other than that, I don't have any big impressions about it.
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  3. #10
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    I think of Asher as a Jewish name, but I'm Jewish and from an East Coast city etc.

    And I have a really Jewish first name and my maiden last name is fairly Jewish as well. I only really have taken nasty stuff for my LAST name or the total effect, if you know what I mean. I would maybe not do, say, Asher Goldberg, but honestly I suspect a Goldberg will get some remarks regardless, and Asher Smith would get fewer.

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    All of the Ashers I've met were Christian. Then again, there's not exactly a thriving Jewish population in small town Alabama. I don't associate Asher with any specific religion.
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  5. #14
    I know Asher as growing among Christian parents looking to the bible for fresh choices.

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