Latasha: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Latasha
Origin of the name Latasha:
Modern coinage combining the prefix La- with the name Tasha, a Russian pet form of the name Natalie.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Latasha is an alternative for the Russian name Natasha. It is commonly used for naming girls in the African-American community, though not exclusively.
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I am African-American. My mom had my name in mind before she had me, but her best friend had her daughter first and stole my mom's name when she asked what my mother planned to name her daughter if she were to have one. She tried to name me a different name, but the nurse who made my birth certificate wrote Latasha instead. (Thank God!) My family all called me "Tasha." One of my great-aunts apparently has been calling me "Tarsha." I can tell because she always writes it with an "R".
Speaking of misspellings, I am very particular about the spelling and appearance of my name. (That may just be me.) My name is simple. There are three syllables and only three vowels, all A's. I have seen my name misspelled a variety of ways: LaTasha, LaTosha, Latacia, La Tasha, La'Tasha, Latasia, Latoshia, Latarsha, LaTarsha, etc. It's funny how people get offended when I correct them on the spelling, pronunciation or proper use (non-abridged) of MY name.
In elementary school, I was in a predominantly Caucasian environment. Teachers and substitutes had trouble saying La-TAH-sha at first. Some pronounced the second syllable with a short A vowel sound. That was weird to me -- like the alternate pronunciation of the name Natasha. In fact, one sub DID call me Natasha thinking Latasha was a mistake as the origin of the latter is Natasha. Others misspoke it altogether calling me Latisha, Latonya, La-something. They weren't even trying! LOL It was bothersome, too. There were not a lot of girls named Latasha where I grew up.
During my tween years, I was in a more diverse school. Still very unique in name, I initially went by my first name Latasha. Perhaps I was undergoing a self-discovery phase when I insisted on being called by my middle name, and later, by my shortcut name "Tasha."
By the time I reached high school, I was in a predominantly African-American environment. The name Latasha was a dime a dozen, including my afore-mentioned god-sister. However, everyone went by the name "Tasha." I often mistook whether or not someone was speaking to me. Eventually I tuned out my own name before insisting on being called Latasha again.
My environment determines the way people choose to address me. African-Americans -- family or not -- will often call me "Tasha" to the bane of my existence. Caucasians will address me as Latasha, which I prefer.
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Tasha, Tashie, Tash
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Latasha is a form of the name Natasha, a diminutive form of Natalia. Natasha is said to mean "birth of Christ," "natal day," "birthday," "Christmas day," "born at Christmas" or "born on Christmas Day."
Natasha is also a female Muslim name, meaning 'Gift of Allah.'
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