Gender: Female Meaning of Sansa: "praise, charm" Origin of Sansa: Sanskrit

Sansa Origin and Meaning

The name Sansa is a girl's name of Sanskrit origin meaning "praise, charm".

Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin is a master namer, and this unusual choice from India is beginning to be heard in nurseries as well as on television. Sansa was perhaps slower to catch on than other names such as Arya and Khaleesi as Sansa Stark was in the first seasons of the show a weak and compromised character. But she's developed a good measure of backbone and integrity, which makes her lovely name a more attractive possibility. In 2015, 20 baby girls in the US were named Sansa, a number we expect to rise.

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TaliaCat Says:


Because... SANKA

ambercat Says:


For some reason, Sansa sounds like a variety/brand of instant decaf coffee to me.

ArthurianDreams Says:


I find this name very lovely. I really hope to meet a little girl with this name sometime in the future!

TheClockworkPrincess Says:


This is a beautiful name! I'm a fan of Game of Thrones and the ASOIAF books, but I think it is kind of unfortunate that it is almost entirely associated with the franchise at the moment. I hope it can stand on its own in the future because it is a lovely name.

headintheclouds Says:


Sansa is my favorite Game of Thrones name to come out of the book/TV series, and is miles better and more usable than Daenerys and Khaleesi! The name is sweet and airy at two syllables, bright and lively-sounding that makes me think of dancing and elegance. I'd use it for the aesthetics alone, and I actually almost wish Sansa wasn't so associated with Game of Thrones so it could just be free and stand on its own as a lovely name.

While most GoT fans would prefer fighting badass Arya for a namesake, I'd make a case for Sansa being a smart enduring character who is just as good a namesake. Sansa is forced to grow past her childish illusions through the terrible circumstances dealt to her, and learns to survive by her wits. In a way, she's really a gateway character for the layman audience whom we sympathize with and can see ourselves (our naivety, optimism, innocence) in her.

(Tbh though, I know of two couples now who are GoT fans and named their daughters Arya, and I personally wouldn't have any GoT namesake for a kid. We don't know how your favorite characters will end up, they all could turn horrible by the conclusion of the story. *shrugs*)

beachbear Says:


Serif or Sansa Serif?

EmBecs78 Says:


Sansa, what a lovely name and meaning.

EW314 Says:


My favourite GOT name. Not sure I'd go there myself, but agree that this is miles better than Khaleesi or Daenerys.

Lena_Aline Says:


Probably not. I didn't even think of that until I saw your comment.

Lena_Aline Says:


Such a pretty, airy name.

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


But wouldn't there be Santa teasing in school?

jordalini Says:


I love this name, on of the few unique names from GOT that I think would sound cute on a baby

Waverly123 Says:


Lol Yes!!!

Kodi R. Says:


I would totally name my girl it---but only if she survived the series.

Plutophelia Says:


Lovely name! I didn't know it had sanskrit roots!

ShunPun Says:


While I think it would be better to name pets after fictional characters, this one is so much better than naming your daughter Khaleesi or Daenerys.

mckaylalove Says:


I've been advocating for this to be added for about a year. Now it finally has been and I'm super proud.

steampunkleo Says:


Glad finally got added to NB... it's beautiful