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Serbian Cyrillic: Анастасија
|Region of origin||Greece, (later) Eastern Europe|
|Short form(s)||Stacey, Nastya, Stacie, Sia, Tasia and Stacy|
|Related names||Annastasia, Anastasiya, Anastasya|
Anastasia (from Greek Ἀναστασία) is a feminine given name and the female equivalent of the male name Anastasius. The name is of Greek origin, coming from the Greek word anastasis (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, when its place was taken by Sophia. It is still heavily used.
The name Anastasia was created during the early days of Christianity and was abundantly given to Greek children born in December and around Easter. It was established as the female form (Greek: Ἀναστασία) of the male name Anastasius (Greek: Ἀναστάσιος Anastasios pronounced [anaˈstasi.os]), and has the meaning of "she/he of the resurrection". 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 Roman Catholic Church and on December 22 according to the one of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Slavic diminutives include Nastya, Nastia or Nastja (Serbian, Slovenian) as well as various hypocoristics: Nastenka, Nastyusha, Nastyona.
Anastasia is a very popular name for girls, especially in Europe, where most names have Christian associations. Anastasia was the most popular name for girls for many years in Russia until 2008, when it was exceeded by the name Sophia. It remains one of the top ten names for Russian girls, as well as for girls in Belarus, Moldova, Serbia, Georgia, and Montenegro.
People with the given name
- Anastasia (wife of Constantine IV) (c. 650 – after 711), Empress consort of Constantine IV of the Byzantine Empire
- Anastasiya Dabizha (d. 1703), princess of Moldavia and Wallachia and Hetmana of Ukraine
- Anastasiya Dabizha (d. 1729), Ukranian Hetmana
- Anastasia Romanovna (1530-1560), Tsarevna of Russia and spouse of Tsar Ivan the Terrible
- Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (1901–1918), youngest daughter of Emperor Nicholas II Romanov of Russia
- Albert Anastasia (1902–1957), New York City Cosa Nostra boss and leader of the gang known as Murder, Inc.
- Annastasia Baker (born 1988), British gospel singer
- Anastasia Gloushkov (born 1985), Israeli Olympic synchronized swimmer
- Anastasia Markovich (d. 1729), Ukrainian Hetmana
- Anastasia Muñoz (born 1984), American voice actress affiliated with Funimation
- Princess Anastasia of Greece and Denmark
- Anastasia, Princess of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg (born 1944)
- Anastasia (sister of Constantine I), half sister of Emperor Constantine I
- Anastasia Sinitsyna (born 1983), Russian handball player
- Anastasia Yankova (born 1991), Russian mixed martial artist
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