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Gender: M Meaning of Asa: "born in the morning" Origin of Asa: Hebrew Asa's Popularity in 2016: #518

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.

Famous People Named Asa

Asa, Biblical King of Judah
Asa, father of Berechiah, a Levite who dwelt at Jerusalem (1 Chr. 9:16)
Asa Lawrence Lovejoy, American pioneer and politician; founder of Portland, Oregon
Asa Griggs Candler, American founder of Coca-Cola
Asa Gray, American botanist
Asa Maxwell Thornton Farr Butterfield, English actor
Asa Packer, U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania
(William) Asa Hutchinson, American politician; 46th governor of Arkansas
Asa Philip Randolph, American civil rights leader
Asa Philip Hall, English footballer
Richard "Asa" Hartford, Scottish footballer
Asa Rashaan Webster Jackson, American football player
Asa Wentworth Tenney, U.S. federal judge
Asa Yoelson, birth name of American singer/actor Al Jolson
Asa Taccone, American lead singer of band Electric Guest
Asa Joseph Danger Lazzara (b. 2013), son of singer Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday
Asa Butterfield; Child Actor

Pop Culture References for the name Asa

Asa Buchanan, character on American soap "One Life to Live"
Asa Thayer, character in "Asa, As I Knew Him" by Susanna Kaysen
Asa Langley, character in webcomic "Hotblood!" by Toril Orlesky
Asa Shigure, character in "Shuffle!"
Asa Phelps, character in an episode of TV's "The Simpsons"
Asa Pike, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series