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What does Sasha mean?

Sasha Pronunciation of Sasha [sasha] as a girls' name (also used less regularly as boys' name Sasha) is pronounced SAH-shah. It is of Russian and Greek origin, and the meaning of Sasha is "man's defender". Short form of Alexander. The -sha ending may not be feminine in Russia, though it is in America.

Associated with: russian, greek, defender.


Sasha has 6 variants: Sacha, Sasa, Sascha, Saschenka, Sasheen and Zsazsa.

Affiliated girl names: Saskia and Alexandra.

Creative forms:
(female) Sapha, Sisha, ..

(male) Sashai, Sasta, ..

Middle name pairings:
Sasha Lexi (S.L.), ..

How popular is Sasha?

Sasha is a very prominent first name for women (#893 out of 4276, Top 21%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Sasha was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its peak rank of #199 in the U.S. in the year 1990, and is currently at #542. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sasha name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sasha outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent related forms of Sasha (#542 from current records) listed in the Top 2000 are Alexander, Alexandra (#101 from current records) and Sacha. These forms of Sasha reached the peak of their popularity 2 decades ago (average #844) and have become significantly less common since (#1160, 71%), with the version Alexandra becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sasha, Alexander, Alexandra, Sacha in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alexandra outside U.S.

Similar Names

Sasha is alike in pronunciation to Sachi, Saesha and Saisha. Other recommended names are Aesha, Aisha, Akasha, Asha, Aysha, Basha, Casha, Catha, Caysha, Dasha, Dayha, Daysha, Dosha, Elsha, Fusha, Ieasha, Iesha, Isha, Kasha, Katha, Keasha, Kesha, Kisha, Lesha, Lisha, Maisha, Marsha, Masha, Matha, Misha, Nesha, Nisha, Pascha, Pasha, Radha, Saba, Sabra, Sada, Sadia, Safia, Sahra, Saida, Saira, Salma, Samia, Samma, Samya, Sana, Sancha, Sanna, Santa, Sarha, Sarhah, Sarka, Sarra, Sayda, Shashi, Shasta, Shosha, Stash, Stasha, Stasia, Stasja, Staska, Stasya, Stesha, Tahsha, Taisha, Tasha, Tisha, Tosha and Usha. These names tend to be less frequently used than Sasha.

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