Anastasia

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Anastasia
Pronunciation /ˌænəˈstʒə/
UK also /-ziə/
Greek: [anastaˈsi.a]
Russian: [ɐnəstɐˈsʲijə]
Gender Female
Language(s) Greek: Αναστασία
Russian: Анастасия
Ukrainian: Анастасія
Serbian Cyrillic: Анастасија
Origin
Meaning "Resurrection"
Region of origin Greece, (later) Eastern Europe
Other names
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.

Origin[edit]

The name Anastasia was created during the early days of Christianity and was abundantly given to Greek children born in December and around Easter.[1][2] It was established as the female form (Greek: Ἀναστασία) of the male name Anastasius (Greek: Ἀναστάσιος Anastasios pronounced [anaˈstasi.os]),[3][2] and has the meaning of "she/he of the resurrection".[3][4] 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[1] and on December 22 according to the one of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Slavic diminutives include Nastya,[3] Nastia or Nastja (Serbian, Slovenian) as well as various hypocoristics: Nastenka, Nastyusha, Nastyona.

Popularity[edit]

Anastasia is a very popular name for girls, especially in Europe, where most names have Christian associations.[3] Anastasia was the most popular name for girls for many years in Russia until 2008, when it was surpassed by the name Sophia.[5][6] It remains one of the top ten names for Russian girls,[5][6] as well as for girls in Belarus,[4] Moldova,[4] Serbia,[7] Georgia,[8] and Montenegro.[9]

People with the given name[edit]

Grand Duchess Anastasia, the youngest daughter of the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II

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