Sasha (name)

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Pronunciation /ˈsæʃə/ SASH
/ˈsɑːʃə/ SAH-shə
Gender Unisex
Word/name Slavic, from Greek
Meaning defender, helper of mankind
Other names
Related names Aleksandra, Aleksander, Saša, Sascha, Sacha, Sasza, Satyana

Sasha is a unisex given name. It originated in countries of Eastern and Southern Europe as a diminutive of Aleksander and Aleksandra. It is also found as a surname, although this is very rare. Alternative spellings include: Сáша (Russian, Serbian), Сашо (Bulgarian), Саше (Macedonian), Saša (Slovenian, Serbian, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Lithuanian), Sașa (Romanian), Sasza (Polish), Сашко (Ukrainian), Sascha (German), Sasja (Dutch and Swedish), and Sacha (French).


This name is especially common in Europe where it is used primarily by males as a diminutive of Alexander, although females may also use it as a diminutive of Alexandra. Despite its popularity in informal usage, the name is rarely recorded on birth certificates in countries such as Russia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia, as it is considered a diminutive and not a formal name. Exceptions are Serbia and Croatia.

In French-speaking regions (France,[1] Belgium, Quebec[2]), Sacha is almost exclusively given to males (Sasha is much rarer and approximately given equally to both genders[3]). In the United States the name is almost exclusively used for girls (at number 569 in the ranking of U.S. baby names in 2014[4]), although it didn't gain popularity until the 1970s.

Notable people bearing of this name[edit]



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  • Sasha (dog) (2004–2008), a Labrador dog that served in the British Army

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Legend, myth and religion[edit]

  • Sasha and Zamani, spirits, two stages of time in Eastern and Central African cultures

Fictional creatures and animals[edit]

Fictional people[edit]

By surname
  • Sasha Barbicon, the owner of an art gallery from the game Titanic: Adventure Out of Time
  • Sasha Belov, character from the TV show Make It or Break It
  • Sasha Bezmel, character from the Australian soap opera Home and Away
  • Sash Bishop, character from the Irish soap opera Fair City
  • Sasha Bordeaux, DC Comics character, former ally of Batman
  • Sasha Braus, character from the anime/manga series Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)
  • Saša Bůčková, character from Czech sitcom Comeback
  • Sascha König, character from the television drama Inspector Rex, episode 8x13
  • Sacha Levy, AAU Registrar in the BBC TV series Holby City
  • Sasha Nein, powerful psychonaut and instructor from the game Psychonauts
  • Sascha Petrosevitch, character from the 2002 film Half Past Dead
  • Sasha Thompson, leader of the Mad Dogs and a target in CHERUB book Mad Dogs
Surnameless, by IP


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