Anastasia (from Greek: Ἀναστασία, romanizedAnastasía) is a feminine given name of Greek origin, derived from the Greek word anástasis (ἀνάστασις), meaning "resurrection". It is a popular name in Eastern Europe, particularly in Russia, where it was the most used name for decades until 2008.

PronunciationEnglish: /ˌænəˈstʒə/, UK also /-ziə/
Greek: [anastaˈsi.a]
Russian: [ɐnəstɐˈsʲijə]
Ukrainian: [ɐnɐstɐˈs⁽ʲ⁾ijɐ]
Language(s)Greek: Αναστασία
Russian: Анастасия
Ukrainian: Анастасія
Serbian Cyrillic: Анастасија
Region of originGreece
Other names
Short form(s)Nastya, Sia, Tasia, Tacy and Stacie/Stacey
Related namesAnnastasia, Anastasiya, Anastasya


The name Anastasia originated during the early days of Christianity and was given to many Greek girls born in December and around Easter.[1] It was established as the female form (Greek: Ἀναστασία) of the male name Anastasius (Greek: Ἀναστάσιος Anastasios pronounced [anaˈstasi.os]),[2] and has the meaning of "she/he of the resurrection".[2][3] It is the name of several early saints; including Anastasia of Sirmium, a central saint from the 2nd century who is commemorated during the first Mass on Christmas Dawn each year according to the traditional calendar of the Catholic Church[1] and on December 22 according to the Eastern Orthodox Church. Slavic diminutives include Nastya,[2] Nastia or Nastja (Serbian, Slovenian) as well as various hypocoristics: Nastenka, Nastyusha, Nastyona, Nastasia, Nastunja.


Anastasia is a very popular name for girls, especially in Europe, where most names have Christian associations.[2] Anastasia was the most popular name for girls for many years in Russia until 2008, when it was surpassed by the name Sophia.[4][5] It remains one of the top ten names for Russian girls,[4][5] as well as for girls in Belarus,[3] Moldova,[3] Serbia,[6] Georgia,[7] and Montenegro.[8]

Given nameEdit

1914 photo of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, approximately age 13.

Fictional characters with the given nameEdit

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General sourcesEdit

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  • "Nicholas and Quince are the most popular names" (in Serbian). Serbia: 1 February 2014. Archived from the original on 27 October 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
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  • "Pre-Revolutionary Names Making a Comeback in Russia". Russia: The Moscow Times. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  • "St. Anastasia". United Kingdom: 5 July 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  • "Sara and Luke the most popular names in Podgorica" (in Montenegrin). Montenegro: 27 February 2013. Archived from the original on 4 May 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  • "Top baby names from around the world". Australia: 9 March 2014. Archived from the original on 26 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  • "Top dozens of the most popular names" (in Georgian). Georgia: 30 January 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
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