Gender: Male Meaning of Asa: "healer; born in the morning" Origin of Asa: Hebrew; Japanese Asa's Popularity in 2018: #508

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.

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Rank in US: #508

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Asa.g123 Says:


Asa was my chosen name when I started transitioning. It's the masc version of my deadname so had significance. I really identify with it, it's a great name! Says:


I’m surprised it’s only #470, I know more Asas than Jacobs or Aidens! I guess it’s just more popular where I live. \_(:/)_/

Stephanie Says:


Love this name. Our younger son is Asa and we usually get the "oh what a great name, I know one other person named Asa..." It's such a solid, pleasant sounding, masculine but beautiful name. Some people call him "Ace" or "AJ" (his middle name is Joseph). His big bro is Cyrus. Guess we like names that peaked in popularity around 1900!

DreamsofElysium Says:


My father's name. He was born in the 40s. I never heard it anywhere else until the past few years, I think after Hugo with Asa Butterfield it started picking up popularity. My father is a quiet, old fashioned man who has a strong work ethic and always does the right thing. A true gentleman. I will say that growing up I heard his name mispronounced as "ass-a" and "Asia" a good bit, but most people had never heard the name before.

C Dep. Says:


This is our oldest son's name. Check out the song cover "Asa" by Denison Witmer. Good stuff.

C Dep. Says:


Hahaha, our first son's name is Asa... And if we have a boy this pregnancy, Judah (Jude) is a very strong contender. Definitely boy names in my book, as well.

Carolinekalmes Says:


I had a cute little boy as a student almost 10 years ago with this name. I loved it at the time and I kept trying to remember what the name was and just now remembered it. it sounds fresh and hip, it's biblical and it's still very far from the top 100. It's perfect!

Ziraleet Says:


This is my favorite boys' name! I love this name so, so, so much. I met an adorable little boy named Asa when I was a counselor at a summer camp, and I can't get over how much I love it. I cannot wait to use it!

LV51sfan91 Says:


Asa means "Doctor." Love this name for a BOY! If he plays sports nickname Ace would be great!

EW314 Says:


I LOVE this name, and would definitely use it... BUT apparently it's the name of an internet porn star?

Not sure I want to know how my husband knew that, but that was the first thing that came to mind for him so I'm guessing it's out for us. Something to bear in mind (though I personally wouldn't let it stop me - I'm sure there are plenty of porn stars called James and Tom and Elliott too).

EW314 Says:


Best endorsement I've ever heard!

Nozomi Says:


Asa? I dont know sounds kind of plain to me plus there so many other names out there so why Asa?

Asa Reese Says:


I'm 86 and still love it----------Asa.

SimoneKadele Says:


Thanks!! I was wondering this, too...

Gridnik Says:


I love Asa! So handsome.

headintheclouds Says:


I really like Asa. I know a couple who named their two daughters Asa and Jude- but for me, both names are firmly in the boy camp territory (as you can tell, I'm not one for gender-bender names like Dylan on a girl and Phaedra for a boy, it drives me nuts).

In my language, Asa means "hope", another wonderful meaning to a really great name. Ace would make a nice nickname, but I think Asa is short enough to leave in its full-glory form.

Catastroffy Says:


To be honest when I first saw this name I thought it was a girl's name.

twert Says:


Great Name!

mermuse Says:


Yeah, that's what I thought. says it means "doctor" in Hebrew:

Guest Says:


There's tons of boys names that I like that end with an a sound: Luca, Noah, Ezra, Judah, Isaiah, etc. But I'm saying when I hear Asa it sounds like a bunch of other girl names like Ava, Asia; it's sound it just too soft for me. I'm all for gender-bending. I love Dylan for a girl, Elisha for a girl, I think August should be used for girls even more! Haha but Asa is just one of those names that are too soft for me and where I live people would keep asking "boy or girl" since only the popular biblical names work around here and I'd get too annoyed trying to explain.

dovah Says:


I don't understand what makes a name more "girly" than any other name, since I don't think names should have intrinsic femininity/masculinity. I do understand social gender assumptions, though, and I'm not saying I would necessarily name a son "Penelope" or anything, since most social groups cannot handle it. With that said, I can't imagine not using a socially accepted male name on a boy just because it sounds "girly." Should we teach our boys to be ashamed of "feminine" qualities? I know I won't.

Guest Says:


my reason is that I think it sounds girly like the other two syllable A names. Also I dislike that politician Asa Hutchinson so that also makes me not like this name.

dovah Says:


I swear, my reasons for disliking names are becoming more and more ridiculous. Just when I've decided that I really like Asa, and that it's a definite viable option for a future child, I type it onto my list and accidentally spell it "Ass," instead. Well, that's out. I didn't even think about how close the keys are on a keyboard, or how the name is an almost-anagram for ass. And now all I can see is "as a." As a what, Asa? As a what?

Guest Says:


Like Ava except with an S.

dovah Says:


The first "a" is a long "a" sound (like in the word "ace"). Ace-uh or A-suh, depending on the person (some people split the syllables differently).

suzie485 Says:


How is it pronounced?

Asa's Dad Says:


I think the name means "healer" or "physician" in old hebrew? The reference on the Asa page on Nameberry states the meaning is "born in the morning" which maybe is a translation from Japanese?