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Gender: Female Meaning of Asha: "hope; life" Origin of Asha: Sanskrit; Swahili

The name Asha is a girl's name of Swahili, Hindi, Sanskrit origin meaning "hope; life". Asha and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Hope and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

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 exotic roots, Asha is part of this group. Asha is finding new life through its Game of Thrones connections.

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Famous People Named Asha

Asha Leo, British TV presenter
Asha Daniels, American designer & contestant on "Under the Gunn"
Asha Bhosle, Indian singer
Asha Parekh, Indian Bollywood actress

Pop Culture References for the name Asha

Asha Greyjoy, character in George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" (renamed Yara in the Game of Thrones TV series)
Asha, one of the characters in the story "The Fountain of Fair Fortune" within Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
Asha Grant, one of the main characters in the Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Asha, character in the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray
"Brimful of Asha," song by Cornershop
Nokia Asha, mobile phone


galaxywasted Says:


This is my middle name. I’ve always liked it quite a lot.

ElenaJulia2004 Says:


My friend is called Asha Marina. I think that Marina really fits

inked Says:


Asha Bhosle is a very famous Indian singer for possibly thousands of Bollywood movies.
She is greatly respected and has a beautiful voice. You can easily find her music online. A lovely voice and lovely namesake for a lovely name!

priviledgedpistachios Says:


I really like this name! First comment!