Asher Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Asher:
Jewish name meaning "happy, blessed." It is borne in the Bible by Jacob's eighth son by Zilpah, his wife's maid.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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- Meanings and history of the name Asher
The name Asher can be traced back in two cultures:
In Old English the meaning of Asher is "ash wood","one who lives near an ash tree or grove."
The Hebrew meaning of Asher is "happy", "fortunate", "blessed".
Biblical: In the Old Testament, in the Book of Genesis, Asher was the 8th son of Jacob and the second son of Zilpa, the maid of Jacob’s wife Leah and was promised a life blessed with abundance.
Jacob's wife Leah said of the birth, 'Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed; and she called his name Asher', thereby lending the traditional meaning to the name. ... Deuteronomy 33:24 "About Asher he Jacob said: "Most blessed of sons is Asher; let him be favored by his brothers, and let him bathe his feet in oil."
Asher was also the founder of the Tribe of Asher.
Ashar is also a place in Israel.
- Famous real-life people named Asher
Asher Brown Durand, was an American painter of the Hudson River School.
Asher Roth, American rapper
Asher Kravitz - Israeli author, lecturer on physics and mathematics at the Academic College of Engineering in Jerusalem and the Open University.
- Asher in song, story & screen
"My Name is Asher Lev" a novel by Chaim Potok, about a young Hasidic Jewish artist growing up in Brooklyn who struggles with his community about the importance of art.
Asher is a character in the novel "The Giver"
Asher Gordon, character in Melody Carlson's "Never Been Kissed"