Meaning and Name Origin
Asia \a-sia\ as a girls' 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▼ has 30 more related variations via Aisha, Fatima, Khadija, Mary: Aeesha, Aeisha, Aesha, Aeshah, Aiesha, Aishah, Aishia, Aisia, Aisiah, Asha, Ashah, Ashia, Ashiah, Ayeisa, Ayesha, Ayisa, Ayisah, Ayisat, Ayisha, Aysha, Ayshe, Iesha▼, Isha, Mair, Malia▲, Mara▲, Maria, Masha, Moira and Moya.
Asia is a very popular first name for women (#1404 out of 4276, Top 33%) but a rare last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Asia for girls. Asia was first listed in 1980-1989 and reached its highest position of #195 in the U.S. in 1997, and is at #806 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Asia and associated names. Maria (#115 last year), Mary (#120), Anastasia (#240), Fatima (#328), Malia (#345), Aisha (#559), Mara (#695), Moira, Aja, Asha and Iesha are the popular varying forms of Asia (#806 last year) appearing in the Top 1000. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity in the year 1991 and are somewhat less popular today, with the forms Asia and Iesha becoming less trendy. The most trendy birth names among these are Aisha (#559), Anastasia (#240), Mara (#695), Fatima (#328) and Malia (#345), with Anastasia enjoying a rebound in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Asia▼ is pronounced similarly to Agi, Agie and Ajua. Other recommended similar baby names are Abia, Adia, Afia, Aki, Alia▲, Amia▲, Ania, Aria▲, Asa, Ase, Asima, Asma, Assa, Assi, Asta, Avia and Aza. These names tend to be less commonly used than Asia.