Gender: Female Meaning of Sasha: "defending men" Origin of Sasha: Russian, diminutive of Greek Alexander Sasha's Popularity in 2018: #571

Sasha Origin and Meaning

The name Sasha is a girl's name of Russian origin meaning "defending men".

Sasha, largely male in Russia--and also spelled Sascha and Sacha--is an energetic name that has really taken off for girls here, chosen by Jerry Seinfeld (using the alternate Sascha spelling) and other celebs. The Barack Obamas use it as the nickname for their younger daughter, whose proper name is Natasha. But in line with a trend toward softer-sounding boys' names like Asher and Joshua and thanks to Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen, Sasha also still has life as a boys' name too--it's popular in France for boys and girls almost equally.

Another notable female bearer is 2006 Olympic silver medalist skater Sasha Cohen; Sasha Alexander, on the TV show Rizzoli & Isles, was born Suzana. And Sasha Fierce is the name of Beyonce's alter ego.

Sasha was as high as 147 in 1988.

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Rank in US: #571

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wntrrs Says:


I imagine blonde, pale, blue-eyed, skinny, beautiful... It seems I imagine Sasha Luss :D

wntrrs Says:


Theo, if on a girl, it just sounds kind of like a name you'd give to a pet, then on a boy, it just sounds kind of like a name you'd give to a girl :)

wntrrs Says:


I love Sasha for a girl and hate it for a boy

pamangela Says:


I actually know someone named Sasha, and she looks just like that. What a coincidence!

fromtheocean12 Says:


Sasha is one of my favorite names! I think it could work equally well for either boys and girls.

nika11 Says:


I really love this name for a girl, but the unfortunate association with Sasha Grey rules this out totally for me.

lunanebo Says:


Amazing. So much gentle, soft and girly sounding… just WOW! I imagine a beautiful girl with bright blue/grey eyes and long straight hair… graceful and sensitive:)

Zelliew Says:


Sasha has spunk - A really good name

Jinxgirl Says:


I like it, seems sassy but not silly.

raevynstar Says:


I like on boys and girls (not many names get that distinction no my list!)

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I'm not sure why, but to me Sasha sounds more genuine on a boy. On a girl, it just sounds kind of like a name you'd give to a pet. Definitely not the worst name, but I personally prefer it for a boy.

sashapizzarova Says:


This name is very male in Europe but in America it comes across as feminine. People were surprised when Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky named their son Sasha but I was like "um technically it's a boy's name...". I like it because it reminds me of Russian models (like Sasha Pivovarova). But I don't like it on many other people. It's quite hit or miss. Some people just don't fit the name.

Nooshi Says:


Or Sasha Fierce.

faithnamer Says:


This name reminds me of the 90's for some reason..

AnonymousPerson Says:


Pretty, friendly, wholesome. Nice name.