Gender: Female Meaning of Anastasia: "resurrection" Origin of Anastasia: Greek, feminine variation of Anastasios Anastasia's Popularity in 2019: #150

Anastasia Origin and Meaning

The name Anastasia is a girl's name of Greek, Russian origin meaning "resurrection".

Anastasia is the feminine form on Anastasius, a Greek name derived from the word anastasis, meaning “resurrection.” It was a common name among early Christians, who often gave it to daughters born around Christmas or Easter. There are handful of saints named Anastasia, including the patron saint of weavers.

Anastasia is no longer a forbidding regal Russian name, but is now seen as a viable—and increasingly popular—American option, elegantly beautiful.

Anastasia's greatest claim to fame is via the "lost" daughter of the last czar of Russia, whose story has been told and retold in books and movies.

Anastasia was well used in ancient Britain and in Ireland as well as Russia.

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Rank in US: #150

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Anastasia's International Variations

Tasoula, Tasia, Anastasha, Anastacia, Natasa (Greek) Nastka, Anatazja, Anastazja, Nastusia (Polish) Stasya, Asya, Nastya, Nastasya, Nastasia, Taskenka, Anastasiya, (Russian)


Voltage Says:



QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I'm considering this for my daughter :).

fifi_forever Says:


I pronounce this anna-STAY-juh

Boba_Buddy_Le Says:


For some reason, I just can't like this.

Boba_Buddy_Le Says:


Something about Anastasia just doesn't work for me.

Aaliyah Rochelle Says:


I have a friend named Anastasia (Ana-stay-zha), I like the name even the other pronunciation.

Melgal764 Says:


That's my cousins name, but we've only ever called her buggy lol

scblovesnames Says:


I much prefer this to Ann, my current middle name which I'm in the process of changing. Anastasia is beautiful.

OctaviaBarnes Says:


I'm from Russia. For everyone, we pronounce it like "Ana-stah-seea" not like the other. "Nastya" it's a short name.

OctaviaBarnes Says:


I'm from Russia. We pronounce it like "Ana-stah-seea" not like "Anna-stay-zha". Your friend was wrong.

burg123 Says:


I like this, but it has no good nicknames

burg123 Says:


it is a nickname, but not a good one

Claudia Says:


I have a good friend named Anastasia, me and my other friends all know her as Annie. I think Annie is such a cute name and fits her personality perfectly but having the full name of Anastasia makes it super unique too. Her mother always says her full name and some of her other family members use the nickname Stasia (stay- sha). All in all its a beautiful name with so many nickname options. Side note: I'm Australian so pronunciations could be slightly different.

ArthurianDreams Says:


Also to reassure that the Anastasia Steele name connection isn't a big deal, this is one of my friend's names and she has only ever heard positive comments about her name. Several substitute school teachers in our classes have even stopped after reading her name on the attendance role to comment on how stunning it was. It's a very lovely name :)

ArthurianDreams Says:


It's definitely usable! One of my friends is named Anastasia, and the only comments I've heard people give her about it have been completely positive. A substitute teacher the other day even paused after calling roll to say it was a beautiful name.

PenAndInk Says:


My lovely best friend's name, nn Ana. She uses the Russian pronounciation, Ah-nah-stah-see-a. Her mother calls her Nastia. I think it's beautiful, but I may be a little biased ;) Would love to honor her by using this.

aleerakate Says:


I've always loved this name but thought it was a little unusable until a few years ago when someone, who I didn't want to give my real name to, asked my name and I told them it was Anastasia - he didn't bat an eyelid until my friend said her name was Cinderella.
Since then I've figured that if random drunk guy could believe that I'm Anastasia then it can't be that ridiculous to use.

Samsonite Says:


Cheesy Eastern European ice skater/Disney princess name.

paulapuddephatt Says:


So beautiful

Anastasia Says:


That's not the correct pronunciation, either. It's ah-nah-stah-see-yah. No one asks me about 50 shades. I only get princess references.

Anastasia Says:


Technically, it's Ah-nah-stah-see-yah but in English speaking countries it's usually pronounced with the "asia" at the end.

Anastasia Says:


I'm a little late to the party but both Greeks and Russian pronounce it the same.

Anastasia Says:


That is not the pronunciation at all! It's Ah-nah-stah-see-yah. And I barely get any 50 shades references. The princess is who the majority of people think of when they ask me about my name. Also, it's a very common name in Greece and Russia so it's not accurate to say that it's not common.

ArabellaDuncan Says:


actually its quite popular in greece too, im an anastasia (arabella duncan is my pen name) and i know at least other four anastasias

headintheclouds Says:


My first association is definitely of the historical Russian princess and the cartoon movie, which I loved as a kid. Anastasia's a lovely, long and girly, strong and impactful name. I've always thought of it as a softer-sounding alternative classic to the more angular-sounding Alexandra, and I'm surprised it's not more popular given that I think it translates quite well internationally and there are many nickname options to it (Anna, Stacy, Stasia, Tasha, Nasya, etc.). Anastasia sounds beautiful too, in both common pronunciation variants.

pixelatedinfants Says:


Beautiful! I always think of Stacey from the babysitters club, because this is her full name! I love Stacey as a NN for this, instead of the common Ana. Sia (shee-a) is pretty to, or spelling of Stacey, Staice

foreverharriet Says:


Gorgeous name, but the pronunciation 'anna-STAY-zee-uh' (or anna-STAY-juh' if said quickly) comes more naturally to my accent.

FantasyandPrayer Says:


I used to think this was a really cold name, but I'm quickly warming up to it :)

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


Anastasia is absolutely without a doubt one of my top 10 favourite girl names. I love the nick name Annie and think it is so cute. There is also a St Anasatsia for people looking for biblical names.

snowsbeloved Says:


Only thing it wasn't a Disney movie. It was made by 20th Century Fox.

kittylover777 Says:


I have family in Russia and personally this is the best name a Russian girl has had that I've come across

jaz.fortune Says:


If I have another baby girl, this will be her name.

Kailagood Says:


I love this name. I will never have that many girls to use it but it is at the top of my dog list.I just imagine a beautiful blue Merle Australian shepherd with blue eyes rounding up our goats!!! ♡♡♡♡

Lena_Aline Says:


I prefer the spelling 'Anastacia.' I think the nickname Cia would be adorable.

Jessica Says:


Very interesting, what's more interesting is that both Russia and Greece are Orthodox. Hence the use of such names in Orthodox Russia and other slavic countries. Even the Russian alphabet is derivative of Greek uncial script. The cyrillic alphabet as it is know originated from a Greek monk named Cyril who brought it to Christian converts in what is now known as Russia. Most Greek names are also commonly found in Russia as a result and their language has significant similarities. So Greek history in Russia appears as early as the 9th century.

Stasiya Says:


Anastasia is my first name and I love both my name and its meaning! In my country it's spelled ah-nah-stah-see-yah. But I also love English pronunciation. It means "resurrection - the one who will be born again". Everyone tells me my name is adorable when they hear it. The only two things I dislike is that many people have trouble spelling it correctly and that because of it's length people will always try to shorten it when I like it just as it is. Nicknames people usually use for me are Annie, Ana, Stasia, Nastia.

Nastia Teslenko Says:


Yes, it does. And, duh, I know about this fact. But it is REALLY popular in Russia and Ukraine - there were 4 Anastasias in my class (I don't know how popular it is in Greece though).

Ivy Silverarrow Says:


Zeta is not part of the name Anastasia. Nobody said anything about z's in Anastasia, it was simply made clear that we do not pronounce our s's as z's.

Ivy Silverarrow Says:


That is interesting. Only the name originates from GREECE.

Nastia Teslenko Says:


You are wrong. Both Greek and Russian pronunciations sound the same(Anna - stah - seea), Anna - stay - zha is the english(!) version. In any slavic country you would never hear the -stay-zha ending. I speak from experience :)

actingfun Says:


I love the name and the nickname Anna.

amberdaydream Says:


I was talking about the Russian pronunciation, not the Greek one. There are many sites where you can hear Anastasiya pronounced by Russians and it is always as described.

rainydaygarden Says:


Huh. An awful lot of people won't admit to liking/seeing 50 Shades of Grey. I like the name!

Ivy Silverarrow Says:


I believe you are incorrect. I am greek and Anna - stah - see - ah is the traditional greek pronounciation.

Ivy Silverarrow Says:


I personally have a Greek friend, and she has told me that traditionally it is pronounce Anna - stah - seea. Anna - stay - zha is the russian pronounciation.

servals_ Says:


Anastasia was actually the nicest of the two ugly sisters, and ended up being forgiven by Cinderella in the sequels and found her own happily ever after, falling in love with the baker. I love this name, and Anastasia becomes quite likeable in the Cinderella sequels.

CheyenneRachealStone Says:


I was always kind of put off from this name because one of my favorite Disney movies when I was little was Cinderella. While there are many great characters and people who are named Anastasia, I just couldn't see myself naming my kids after one of the ugly stepsisters...

amberdaydream Says:


Neither pronunciation displayed is Russian. The Russian pronunciation is ah-nah-stah-SEE-yah, stress on the SEE. It is written Анастасия. The "си" is "si", followed by "я", which is "ya". So the proper transcription is Anastasiya, but it's usually written as Anastasia for simplicity.

Nickname in Russia is usually Nastya, "nah-styah".

Megarebegga Says:


This is one of my favorite girl names!

Anastasia Says:


well I say my name is to long but my mom says that my names is perfect and beautiful the way it is. But I guess it is not that bad too. everyone in my class 5th grade says that I have never met a girl named Anastasia.

alexxastonem Says:


i love how people get rude when someone doesn't agree with them. Im saying you guys have a Z sound, I never said you pronounce "S" as you pronounce "z". maybe you should learn to read better.

MarieLalie Says:


I think you are safe. My first thought would be Anastasia Romanova and the animated movie!

stacy Says:


Lol you must not have studied greek very well if you think we pronouce our S's like long Z's and J's

stacy Says:


Lol you must not have studied greek very well if you think we pronouce our S's like long Z's and J's.

alexxastonem Says:


well that's exactly what I was hoping for. I'd name my Daughter Anastasia straight away if only people would not assume I chose it after that ""book""

alexxastonem Says:


I studied greek and i'm pretty sure there is an equivalent to our "Z" in your alphabet. Zeta for examples ζ.

Guest Says:


I feel like this name will forever be tarnished by 50 shades... fingers crossed the horrible franchise dies quickly, along with all connections to this beautiful name.

ThistleThorn Says:


Nobody seems to believe me that Stacy is a nickname for this.

Anastasia k Says:


Im greek, Anastasia is a greek name Anastasia is also my name and the correct pronunciation is Ah-Nah-Sta-See-yah. in the greek language we have no way to pronounce sta-Zhe-a its not how our letters work or how they are pronounced theres no way to form the ZHEA sound in the greek Language. if someone went to my Yia Yia ( my grandmother ) and asked for "ana-sta-zhe-a"(im reffering to your pernouncation) she would have no clue who or what you were talking about.

TaliaCat Says:


The meaning of the name is one of the things that makes this name beautiful... I like both pronunciations equally, but I'm wondering which is the true Russian pronunciation? My name is also Russian... Stasia makes a very pretty nickname for the 2nd pronunciation (and I'm really sorry it was used in "50 Shades," but it has timeless beauty and history to overcome that as soon as the fad fades!)

MarieLalie Says:


I think people would think more about the russian princess more than the "50 shades of grey" character...

amberdaydream Says:


With a cross-cultural name like Anastasia, there are several ways to say it depending on dialect, language and choice. There's no one true pronunciation. I personally like a-na-sta-SEE-ya because that gets the nickname Nastasya, but it wouldn't work where I live.

alexxastonem Says:


Actually, the right pronunciation is Ana-(like in ANAlogy)-Sta-(like in STArs)-zhe-a(like in Africa).
I love this name but the feeling that somebody could say "oh you named her after 50 shades of grey" just makes me sick.

jordalini Says:


This is my middle name, and I HATED it growing up, tried to convince my parents to change it, and would pray that teachers wouldn't mention it (there was always one teacher every year) I always thought it was too frilly,but everyone always liked. Part of my problem might of been that my parents had forgotten what my middle name was for the first few years. Now I appreciated it, and even have a little rhyme on how to spell it, and people are always pleasantly surprised when they hear it.

jordalini Says:


This is my middle name, and I have always pronounced it Ana-stay-zha, and also my Russian neighbor did as well

jan11th Says:


Ive hear this pronounced Ana-Sta-See-A

StasMarie Says:


It's your choice. There are a few more pronunciations, too. I go by the first pronunciation you listed. A professor from Greece called me an-a-stah-SEE-a. I kind of like it.

StasMarie Says:


This is my name. Growing up, I never had a nickname. My family and friends were always happy to call me by my full name. Personally, I liked being an Anastasia because there were plenty of Annas and Staceys in school. Also, for parents who feel swayed from using this name because of E.L. James, no one has mentioned Anastasia Steele to me.

jan11th Says:


"Stasia" for short would be beautiful

Hydra Says:


Seriously, family members keep ruining great names for me! My 20-something cousin is an Anastasia, and she got knocked up at 17 and dissed my hardworking mother! Nonetheless, while unusable for me, this will remain a guilty pleasure.

Renee5322 Says:


One of the most beautiful girls names of all in my opinion!

Guest Says:


Soooo....I've heard it pronounced ana-stay-zha and ana-stassi-a, which is it?

kitchi1 Says:


This used to be like my favorite name when I was little, because of the Disney movie. The name love faded away, but it really is growing on me (again).

AnonymousPerson Says:


I prefer Anastacia. It's sleeker and smoother.

KatieElle Says:


Beautiful and regal. I love the friendly nickname Ana as well.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Lols, I don't know why I never noticed that before.

CocoWhite Says:


Sounds too much like "anesthesia" to me.

KittyMomma246 Says:


Love the sound and the history of the name. The mysterious princess of Russia, and the animated movie Anastasia based on that true history & the legends surrounding it. There's the 50 Shades reference now, which is kind of sexy, but the whole weak plot & Twilight fan fic base is less than desirable.

Miranda082 Says:


rainierloner I see why fifty shades could have ruined this name, with the plot of the story being a major point

bellerose Says:


I'am maybe on the minority but I just don't get how Fifty shades of Grey ruin that nÂme . I like the character & I love even more the name. It's so gorgeous & romantic.

rainierloner Says:


I love this name also, but I think Fifty Shades of Grey ruined it. :P

Miranda082 Says:


Enriched in history, Anastasia is such a beautiful name.