Meaning and name origin
Asia \a-sia\ as a girl's name is pronounced AY-zhah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Asia is "sunrise". May also derive from Assyrian "asu" meaning "east". Modern name, usually used in reference to the continent. Also sometimes used as a short form of a name ending with -ia, such as Aspasia. According to the Koran, Asia was the name of the Pharoah's wife who raised the infant Moses. Asia is also a variant of Aisha, the name of Muhammad's favorite wife, one of the four "perfect women". See also Fatima, Khadija, and Mary.
For more information, see also the related girl name Anastasia.
Asia is a very popular first name for females (#1404 out of 4276, Top 33%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Asia for girls. Asia reached its highest rank of #195 in the U.S. in 1997. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Asia and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Mary (#120), Anastasia (#240), Fatima (#328), Aisha (#559), Asia (#806) and Aja. (2014 statistics).
Asia▼ is also pronounced similarly to Agi, Agie, Aisia and Ajua. Other suggested similar baby names are Abia, Adia, Aesha, Afia, Aishia, Aisiah, Aki, Alia▲, Amia▲, Ania, Aria▲, Asa, Ase, Asha, Ashah, Ashia, Ashiah, Asima, Asma, Assa, Assi, Asta, Avia, Ayisa, Aysha and Aza. These names tend to be less commonly used than Asia.