Anastasia (from Greek Ἀναστασία) is a feminine given name and the female equivalent of the male name Anastasius. The name is of Greek origin, coming from the Greek word anástasis (ἀνάστασις), meaning "resurrection". It is a popular name in Eastern Europe, particularly in Russia, where it was the most used name for decades until 2008, when its place was taken by Sophia. It is still heavily used.
|Pronunciation||English: //, UK also /-/|
Serbian Cyrillic: Анастасија
|Region of origin||Greece, (later) Eastern Europe|
|Short form(s)||Nastya, Sia, Tasia and Stacie/Stacy|
|Related names||Annastasia, Anastasiya, Anastasya|
The name Anastasia originated during the early days of Christianity and was given to many Greek girls born in December and around Easter. It was established as the female form (Greek: Ἀναστασία) of the male name Anastasius (Greek: Ἀναστάσιος Anastasios pronounced [anaˈstasi.os]), and has the meaning of "she/he of the resurrection". It is the name of several early saints; including Anastasia of Sirmium, a central saint from the 2nd century who is commemorated during the first Mass on Christmas Dawn each year according to the traditional calendar of the Roman Catholic Church and on December 22 according to the Eastern Orthodox Church. Slavic diminutives include Nastya, Nastia or Nastja (Serbian, Slovenian) as well as various hypocoristics: Nastenka, Nastyusha, Nastyona.
Anastasia is a very popular name for girls, especially in Europe, where most names have Christian associations. Anastasia was the most popular name for girls for many years in Russia until 2008, when it was surpassed by the name Sophia. It remains one of the top ten names for Russian girls, as well as for girls in Belarus, Moldova, Serbia, Georgia, and Montenegro.
People with the given nameEdit
- Anastasia (sister of Constantine I) (c. 290 - after 314), half sister of Emperor Constantine I
- Anastasia (wife of Constantine IV) (c. 650 - after 711), Empress consort of Constantine IV of the Byzantine Empire
- Anastasia of Kiev (c. 1023 - 1074/1096), Queen consort of Hungary
- Anastasia Romanovna (1530-1560), Tsarevna of Russia and spouse of Tsar Ivan the Terrible
- Anastasia Markovych (d. 1729), Ukrainian Hetmana
- Princess Anastasia of Greece and Denmark (1878 - 1923)
- Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (1901 – 1918), youngest daughter of Emperor Nicholas II Romanov of Russia
- Albert Anastasia (1902 – 1957), New York City Cosa Nostra boss and leader of the gang known as Murder, Inc.
- Anastasia, Princess of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg (born 1944)
- Anastasia Soare (born 1957/1958), American billionaire businesswoman
- Anastasia Sinitsyna (born 1983), Russian handball player
- Anastasia Lapsui (b. 1944), Soviet-born Russian Nenets film director, screenwriter, radio journalist
- Anastasia Melnichenko (born 1984), Ukrainian activist
- Anastasia Muñoz (born 1984), American voice actress affiliated with Funimation
- Anastasia Gloushkov (born 1985), Israeli Olympic synchronized swimmer
- Anastasia Gorbenko (born 2003), Israeli Youth Olympic champion swimmer
- Anastasia Yankova (born 1991), Russian mixed martial artist
- Anastasia Bachynska (born 2003), Ukrainian artistic gymnast
- Anastasia Prikhodko (born 1987), Ukrainian folk rock and traditional pop singer
- Anastasia Avramidou (born 2000), Greek chess master
- Anastasia Radzinskaya (born 2014), Russian YouTuber of the Like Nastya YouTube channel
- Anastasia Bitsenko (1875–1938), Russian revolutionary
Fictional characters with the given nameEdit
- Anastasia Steele, from 50 Shades of Grey.
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