|Short form(s)||Nastya, Stacia, Stacie, and Stacy|
|Related names||Anastasiya, Annastasia, Anastacia and Annastatia|
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Anastasia (also spelled Anastasiya, Annastasia, Anastacia or Annastatia) is a Christian given name bestowed to women and the feminine equivalent of the male name Anastasius. The name is of Greek origin, coming from the Greek word "anastasi" (gr. "ανάσταση"), 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.
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 of the male name Anastasius, and has the meaning of "resurrection". It is the name of several early saints; Anastasia of Sirmium, a central saint from the 2nd century, is commemorated during the second Mass on Christmas Day each year according to the traditional calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. The name can also be written as Anastasiya, Annastasia, Anastacia or Annastatia. There are a number of short forms; Ana, Anna, Anya, Nastya, Stacia, Stacie, Stacy; as well as various hypocoristics: Nastenka, Nastyusha, Nastyona; Serbian, Slovenian: Nastja.
Anastasia is a very popular name for girls, especially in Europe, where most names have Christian associations. The name was the most popular girls name for decades in Russia until 2008, when it was overtaken by Sophia. Even so, it remains one of the top ten names for Russian girls. It is also one of the top ten names used in Belarus, Moldova, Serbia, Georgia, and Montenegro.
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