Asher Name Meaning & Origin


Pronunciation: ASH-er (key)

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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Asher: Recommended Old Testament name that is less overused than others such as Aaron.

The name Asher falls under the style category: of biblical names.

Based on research, most people would imagine a person with the name Asher to be: A tall and fun-loving young chap.
In one word, you might describe Asher as a "fun-loving" person.

Personal experiences with the name Asher

I have never met an uncool Asher.
Of the 3 boys, Asher is the most popular amongst friends. He is ridiculously good at remembering names.
My cousin Asher is getting his PhD in nuclear physics, and is one of the wittiest people I know.

The guy I likes name is Asher and he is legitimately perfect in every way.
...That's creepy.

We picked Asher for ous son in 2013 when we were 2 months from having him. He's so laid back, he laughs easily and he's just a cool, chill kid. He's very smart and remembers everything.

I met a little boy named Asher at the park once, and I remember thinking, "That's a cool unique name, but it sounds like one of Santa's reindeer." I'm not sure where that came from, but I haven't been able to get that out of my head and it's kind of ruined the name for me.

Our son is named Asher, he is a happy, laid back baby.

Nicknames for Asher

Asher Smasher or just Smasher
Ash McDash

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 (See Gen. 30:13).

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.

Brought into English use by the Puritans.

Famous real-life people named Asher

Asher Brown Durand - (August 21, 1796 – September 17, 1886) was an American painter of the Hudson River School.
Asher Keddie - (1974-), Australian actress
Asher Lämmlein - German who proclaimed himself a forerunner of the Jewish Messiah in 1502
Asher Peres - (1934-2005), Israeli physicist
Asher Roth - (1985 -) American rapper
Asher Kravitz - Israeli author, lecturer on physics and mathematics at the Academic College of Engineering in Jerusalem and the Open University.
Irving Asher - Producer. He worked as a managing director for Warner Brothers in England in the 1930s, working on Alexander Korda's classic epic, The Four Feathers. Later he returned to Hollywood to work as a producer for MGM, where he earned his only Academy Award.
Asher Metchik- (1986-) American actor
Ascher McDonald- HTML programmer (2001-) good friend to everyone he knew at his high school.
Asher Liam Senor (b. 2009), son of American television reporter and anchorwoman Campbell Brown

Asher in song, story & screen

My name is Asher Lev, 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 master vampire in the Anita Blake series by Laurell Hamilton.

Asher is a character in the novel "The Giver"

Martin Asher is a character in the 2004 film "Taking Lives"

Ascher McDonald- drummer/pianist "Pandemonium"

Asher Gordon, character in Melody Carlson's "Never Been Kissed"

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