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, Sasho, 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 by males and females as a diminutive of Alexander and 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, Croatia and Germany.

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]



Codenames, Mononymic stagenames[edit]


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

Fictional or mythical characters[edit]

Alter egos and stage personas[edit]

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
Surnameless, by IP


Variants and Diminutives[edit]

  • Albanian: Dasha, Vasha
  • Bosnian: Safiha, Sabiha
  • Croatian: Saša
  • Dutch: Saskia
  • English: Tasha
  • French: Sascha
  • Georgian: Lasha
  • German: Sascha
  • Hindi: Asha, Sashi, Shashi, Shikha
  • Macedonian: Sashka, Sasho
  • Muslim: Salha
  • Nepali: Asha, Aasha, Sashi
  • Persian: Pasha, Rasha
  • Portuguese: Sancha
  • Russian: Саша, Dasha, Masha, Natasha, Pasha, Sashka, Tasha, Yasha
  • Serbian: Saša
  • Slovenian: Saša
  • Spanish: Sancha
  • Swedish: Sassa
  • Swiss: Sascha
  • Turkish: Saliha, Sabiha


See also[edit]