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Pronunciation /nʌˈtɑːʃə/ nu-TAH-shə
Gender female
Word/Name Italian
Meaning Birthday or born near Christmas

Natasha (Russian: Ната́ша) is a female given name of Russian origin. Originally it was a diminutive form of Natalia, which in turn derives from the Latin Dies Natalies, meaning "Natal Day" or "Birthday" in reference to the traditional birth of Jesus. It was traditionally given to girls born around Christmas.[1] In Russia and other post-Soviet countries this name still remains only an unofficial diminutive form, while in the West it became an independent given name, probably under influence of Natasha Rostova from Leo Tolstoi's "War and Peace".

Coincidentally, Natasha is also a female Muslim name, meaning 'Gift of Allah.'[2][3]

People named Natasha[edit]

Fictional people named Natasha[edit]

Other Natashas[edit]

  • Natasha (monkey), macaque at the Safary Park zoo near Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Natasha's Story, 1994 non-fiction book
  • Where is Baby Natasha? A sesame street children's book
  • "Natasha", a song on the 2003 album Want One by Rufus Wainwright
  • "Natasha", a song by American grindcore band Pig Destroyer released on 2004 album Terrifyer as bonus, and also as separate ep album.
  • Natacha (comics) a French comic about an air hostess
  • Natascha Kampusch, an Austrian author who was kidnapped at the age of 10 years old
  • Natascha is the name of an unlockable weapon in Team Fortress 2


  1. ^ A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman. Perigee Books, 2003 ISBN 0-399-52894-6 pg. 140
  2. ^ "Natasha - نتاشه- Name meaning, Islamic and Muslim Baby girl names". Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  3. ^ "Natasha Meaning | نتاشه | Natasha Meaning in Urdu | Boy | Girl | Name". Retrieved 2014-02-03. 

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