Meaning and Name Origin
Ashanti \a-shan-ti, ash(a)-nti\ as a girls' name is of Ghanaian origin. From the name of a powerful African empire (17th to early 20th century). Today, names associated with the empire bring to mind power and victory. The name is used as a surname by the Akan people of Ghana, and also in modern American black families as a link to the African past.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Shaneika.
Ashanti is a somewhat popular first name for women (#3282 out of 4276, Top 77%) but a unique last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Ashanti for girls. Ashanti entered the list in 1993 and reached its top position of #115 in the U.S. in the year 2002, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)