Sanskrit; Swahili
"hope; life"

Asha Origin and Meaning

The name Asha is a girl's name of Swahili, Hindi, Sanskrit origin meaning "hope; life".

Asha is an Indian name that comes from the Sanskrit word for hope or desire, but it is also a Swahili name derived from Aisha, meaning life. Since the ascendance of Ashley through the 1980s and 90s, all baby names Ash-related have been used in the U.S. for both girls and boys, from Ashlyn to Ashby, Ashton to Asher. Despite its separate roots, Asha is part of this group.

Asha is finding new life through its Game of Thrones connections. Disney has announced an upcoming film titled Wish, which will feature a heroine named Asha who may likely be the next Disney Princess.

Read more about Asha and other Disney Princess Names in our featured blog.

# 976 in the US

Asha Rank in US Top 1000

# 251 on Nameberry

Asha Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Asha Popularity

Famous People Named Asha

  • Asha LeoBritish TV presenter
  • Asha DanielsAmerican designer & contestant on "Under the Gunn"
  • Asha BhosleIndian singer
  • Asha ParekhIndian Bollywood actress

Asha in Pop Culture

  • Asha Greyjoycharacter in George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" (renamed Yara in the Game of Thrones TV series)
  • Ashaone of the characters in the story "The Fountain of Fair Fortune" within Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
  • Asha Grantone of the main characters in the Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Ashacharacter in the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray
  • "Brimful of Asha" song by Cornershop
  • Nokia Ashamobile phone
  • Asha'bellanara title of the character Flemeth in the Dragon Age video game series. "Asha'bellanar" in Elvish translates to "woman of many years."