Hebrew; Japanese
"healer; born in the morning"

Asa Origin and Meaning

The name Asa is a boy's name of Hebrew, Japanese origin meaning "healer; born in the morning".

A short but strong biblical name with multicultural appeal, Asa is enjoying new visibility thanks to hot young actor Asa Butterfield of Hugo fame.

Asa was the name of an important biblical king of Judah, who reigned for more than forty years. In modern times, the name was long associated with the strong patriarch Asa Buchanan on the soap opera "One Life to Live," but since the character "died" in 2007, this gives the name plenty of room to rejuvenate. Popular with the Puritans, Asa can be found in the novels of James Fenimore Cooper and Theodore Dreiser.

A notable real-life namesake is the highly influential botanist Asa Gray, and Asa was the birth name of Al Jolson. Radiohead's Colin Greenwood has a son named Asa.

Asa could also be a path to the hip nickname Ace or an alternative to the rapidly rising Asher.

# 509 in the US

Asa Rank in US Top 1000

# 91 on Nameberry

Asa Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Asa Popularity

Famous People Named Asa

  • AsaBiblical King of Judah
  • Asafather of Berechiah, a Levite who dwelt at Jerusalem (1 Chr. 9:16)
  • Asa Lawrence LovejoyAmerican pioneer and politician; founder of Portland, Oregon
  • Asa Griggs CandlerAmerican founder of Coca,Cola
  • Asa GrayAmerican botanist
  • Asa Maxwell Thornton Farr ButterfieldEnglish actor
  • Asa PackerU.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania
  • (William) Asa HutchinsonAmerican politician; 46th governor of Arkansas
  • Asa Philip RandolphAmerican civil rights leader
  • Asa Philip HallEnglish footballer
  • Richard "Asa" HartfordScottish footballer
  • Asa Rashaan Webster JacksonAmerican football player
  • Asa Wentworth TenneyU.S. federal judge
  • Asa Yoelsonbirth name of American singer/actor Al Jolson
  • Asa TacconeAmerican lead singer of band Electric Guest
  • Asa Joseph Danger Lazzara (b. 2013)son of singer Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday
  • Asa SomersAmerican Actor; Larry Murphy standby in "Dear Evan Hansen"

Asa in Pop Culture

  • Asa means wing in portuguese
  • Asa Buchanancharacter on American soap "One Life to Live"
  • Asa Thayercharacter in "Asa, As I Knew Him" by Susanna Kaysen
  • Asa Langleycharacter in webcomic "Hotblood!" by Toril Orlesky
  • Asa Shigurecharacter in "Shuffle!"
  • Asa Phelpscharacter in an episode of TV's "The Simpsons"
  • Asa Pikecharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Asa Foxcharacter in an episode of "Supernatural"