"fortunate, blessed, happy one"

Asher Origin and Meaning

The name Asher is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "fortunate, blessed, happy one".

Asher—an excellent, soft and sensitive Old Testament choice—is a baby boy name on the rise, and is a Nameberry biblical favorite.

Asher's ascent is especially amazing given that the took a century-long hiatus from the Top 1000, from the 1890s until it reappeared in the 1990s. Asher has been in the US Top 100 for more than a decade now.

In the Bible, Asher was one of Jacob's twelve sons who gave their names to the tribes of Israel. Asher is derived from the Hebrew word osher, which means "happiness." Rabbinical scholars claim that the Asherites lived up to this meaning, as they had the most oil, wisdom, and male children compared to the other tribes.

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

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

# 23 in the US

Asher Rank in US Top 1000

# 18 on Nameberry

Asher Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Asher Popularity

Famous People Named Asher

  • Asher Monroe (Book)American singer and actor
  • Asher RobbinsU.S. Senator from Rhode Island
  • (Randall) Asher WojciechowskiAmerican baseball pitcher
  • Asher AllenAmerican NFL football player
  • Asher BenjaminAmerican architect
  • Asher Paul RothAmerican rapper
  • Asher Dan Grunisformer Chief Justice of the Israeli Supreme Court
  • Asher Brown DurandAmerican painter
  • Asher ben JehielGerman Talmudist rabbi
  • Asher HillCanadian ice dancer
  • Asher AngelAmerican actor
  • Judd Asher NelsonAmerican actor
  • Asher KeddieAustralian actress
  • Zain Asher Ejiofor(female) CNN reporter
  • Asher Antin (b. 2005)son of hairstylist and TV personality Jonathan Antin
  • Asher Dylan Sloane (b. 2005)son of actress Embeth Davidtz and Jason Sloane
  • Asher Liam Senor (b. 2009)son of journalists Campbell Brown and Dan Senor
  • Asher Stonier (b. 2011)son of singer Thea Gilmore and producer Nigel Stonier
  • Asher Tworetzky (b. 2011)son of journalist Randi Zuckerberg and Brent Tworetzky; nephew of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
  • Asher James Allman (b. 2013)son of actors Marshall and Jamie Anne Allman; twin of brother Oliver Charles Allman
  • Asher William Kim (Taeoh) (b. 2013), son of model and TV personality Ricky Kim
  • Asher Guarini (b. 2013)son of singer Justin Guarini
  • Asher Hendrix Boyle (b. 2015)son of actress Lynn Collins and musician Matthew Boyle
  • Asher Wrigley Siegfried (b. 2016)son of reality TV personality Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried
  • Asher Kober (b. 2016)son of actor and singer Andrew Kober
  • Asher James Mooney (b. 2017)son of singer Shay Mooney of duo Dan + Shay
  • Landon Asher Barker (b. 2003)son of musician Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler

Asher in Pop Culture

  • Prince Ashercharacter in "Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow" by Jessica Day George
  • Asher Hornsbycharacter on TV's "Gossip Girl"
  • Ashercharacter in Lois Lowry's "The Giver"
  • "My Name is Asher Lev" novel by Chaim Potok
  • AsherCharacter in TV movie "Geek Charming"
  • Asher MillstoneCharacter on TV's "How To Get Away With Murder"
  • AsherMichael's younger brother on TV's "Supernatural"
  • Asher Flemingcharacter on TV's "Gilmore Girls"
  • Asher Gordoncharacter in Melody Carlson's "Never Been Kissed"
  • Asherson of Jacob in the Bible
  • Ashurcharacter on TV show Spartacus
  • Asher Adamscharacter on TV's "All American"

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