Name Anastasia

Does it sound too uncommon, too foreign to you?

Can a person named Anastasia become , for example, a government member or something like a prime-minister in a european country or America? Or only model/actress/designer. 


Any opinions would be appreciated. 


September 30, 2017 4:52 PM

yes in fact our premier is Anastasia in Queensland, Australia


It's a lovely name, and not too uncommon

October 2, 2017 7:37 AM

That was interesting to find out about her, thanks!

September 30, 2017 9:38 PM

Try to get ahold of a class roster for a local preschool, or a list of recent births from a hospital.  I suspect you will find that nothing is too uncommon anymore. :)

Anastasia is lovely and fits with some of the other princessy sort of names that are in vogue right now (e.g. Isabella, Arabella, Liliana, Juliana, Annabelle).


Is your name Stasey though?  Stasey/Stacy is a traditional nickname for Anastasia.  If you are wanting to name your child after yourself, this would be a great way to do it.  But if that wasn't your intent, it's something to be aware of and consider whether it would be a problem for you.

October 2, 2017 7:43 AM

True, nothing is uncommon now! the problem is that personally I tend to traditions so I do hesitate a bit, although it's no doubt a beatiful name. Actually I am not Stasey myself, just a nn :) I also like Isabella from your list and Lilian (without an "a")!  

October 2, 2017 8:41 AM

I love Anastasia, and it's a name with plenty of history. Certainly, much of its past usage has been in other countries, but I love that it's becoming more popular in America now.

Iirc, you said in another post that you're having twins, and I will say that Anastasia strikes me as an odd pair with most of the other names you've mentioned you like (Emma, Elizabeth, Sophie, Isabella, Lilian...). That doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't use Anastasia, but it's something to consider.

October 2, 2017 9:35 AM

You're right, it might sound a bit odd - Emma and Anastasia. But for some reason the combinations Elizabeth&Anastasia, Isabella&Anastasia seem not too bad to me. 

October 2, 2017 3:12 PM

Have you ever heard of or read the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace. The series takes place roughly from 1897-1917, and the books are written at progressively more challenging reading levels as the characters grow up. Betsy's full name is Elizabeth Warrington Ray, and Tacy's is Anna Anastacia Kelly.

If I met twins named Elizabeth and Anastasia/Anastacia, then I would wonder if it was a reference to the series. I'm not saying this as a negative thing at all and in fact think it would be very sweet. It is something to be aware of, though. I also think the nickname Betsy-Tacy to refer to the two together would be adorable, but I'm not sure if twins in real life would feel the same way or feel like it was lumping them together too much and not allowing for individuality.

October 4, 2017 11:00 AM

I love that connection! I just recently rediscovered Betsy-Tacy, and am finally reading the later books in the series that I originally didn't know existed. Even with that, though, I didn't notice the connection until you pointed it out, so I'd say it's not likely to be a strong association for most people.

My hesitation at pairing Anastasia with the other names I mentioned is not so much that they're bad pairs (some of them are really lovely!), as that Anastasia is much less common than the others, and that has the potential to lead to some degree of jealousy. It's by no means a dealbreaker, just something that jumped out at me, so I thought I'd mention it.

October 4, 2017 11:15 AM

Sorry, do you mean jealousy from other people?

October 4, 2017 2:10 PM

I don't want to speak for Eowyn but I would assume she meant jealousy from the other twin; like if you named them Anastasia and Emma then Emma might be resentful that her sister got an unusual, exotic name and she was "just" Emma. (Not that there's anything wrong with the name Emma but it's far more popular.) Of course there is no way to predict how your daughters will feel about their names as they grow up, but I think the suggestion was that you might want to consider making them as balanced as you can, within the bounds of using names you love obviously.

October 4, 2017 6:24 PM

Reminds me of identical twins I went to school with: Lisa and Emma. I don't know how they felt about their names, but I know I felt sorry for Emma. Lisa was such a fashionable and popular name, while Emma was completely out of fashion, frumpy, old lady. Now, of course, if you saw Emma you would think teen/young adult and Lisa would be mom/grandma. Lisa and Emma are both four letters and end in a, but otherwise they really didn't "balance."

October 4, 2017 3:00 PM

Yes! This is pretty much exactly what I was trying to say, thank you.

October 2, 2017 4:46 PM

I'd agree with you. Elizabeth & Anastasia sound fine to me, and Isabella & Anastasia make a really good set. I think because for me in both those pairs I get a 'long and royal' vibe, which I actually think is a sweet connection for sisters; it's there but it's not really in-your-face.

I really like Anastasia as a name, it's traditional without feeling boring (probably because it's history of use is most prominent in a different country) and offers many nicknames, some of which have the benefit of being more 'down to earth' than the full name in case your daughter feels like that suits her better.

By EVie
October 3, 2017 12:10 PM

I like both Anastasia and Isabella just fine, but in combination they do kind of scream Twilight/50 Shades of Grey. I'm going to consider the fact that no one else has spotted that yet evidence that this board has pretty good taste in literature ;) For those who are not aware, 50 Shades of Grey was originally written as Twilight fanfiction, and the main character Isabella Swan became Anastasia Steele. 

October 3, 2017 4:20 PM

Hmmm, that could certainly be problematic. I haven't read either book series (in fact I actively avoid them), I didn't even know that Bella in Twilight was short for Isabella. I'd probably avoid that combination then, especially for twins.

October 6, 2017 8:42 AM

100% this. I am just now reading this thread and this is an immediate reaction. As the resident haver of terrible taste, I greatly enjoyed both books, but I would not endorse using these names together.

By EVie
October 6, 2017 2:30 PM

I am kind of embarrassed to admit that I read both series all the way through. Like, kind of hate-reading (and following along with critical blogs to make sure I caught all the awfulness), but also kind of enjoying them in a self-loathing sort of way?

October 6, 2017 3:51 PM

I actually liked Twilight. As in, straight-up liked, not "liked it for how bad it is" or anything. 50 Shades, on the other hand, I couldn't force myself to read - I waded through the first chapter, and said that's enough "I" to last me a lifetime. Someone needs to tell fledgling authors that first-person POV is actually Really Hard to write, and they should choose any POV other than first-person.

October 6, 2017 4:36 PM

I'm not a big fan of 1st person, but what made 50 Shades impossible for me to read was that it was 1st person present tense. I find that virtually unreadable, except in very short doses (as in literary criticism). I haven't ever attempted Twilight, but if it's in a proper fictional 3rd person past tense I may pick it up eventually :).

By EVie
October 6, 2017 6:38 PM

Twilight is first person, but past tense. 

Does anybody else listen to the podcast Writing Excuses? There was an episode in which they talked about how first person present tense has become the dominant voice in YA, probably because the immediacy makes it more accessible to reluctant younger readers. In mainstream genre fiction, third-person limited (and past tense) is dominant (and my preferred voice as well). The problem I find with first person is that it's SO easy for the character to start sounding whiny, whereas third person at least gives a little more distance. 

I had a creative writing professor who despised the use of present tense in fiction and strongly discouraged us from using it, and I've at least partially internalized that, for better or worse. 

October 6, 2017 7:22 PM

First person present tense makes me nuts. I just can't stand to read it. I think I am not the target audience for YA fiction. After all the years of teaching literature, now I just read recreationally. I want straight up third person past tense, beginning-middle-end, no unreliable narrators, just interesting characters and settings. I don't even care about plot--I generally read the apparatus and ending first. Mostly I read genre fiction, nothing that I can imagine on a syllabus (ok, I did use to teach fantasy).


October 10, 2017 3:12 PM

Ah, just back from a nail-biting political week in Catalonia -- can't believe I missed one of my favourite discussions! Ditto for hating first person present tense, although when doing an online writing workshop with a lot of YA people that was ALL they were using and aparently ALL they like.

My dad and I tend to make the final decision on whether to buy a book or not based on if it is in present tense. If it is, it better have extremely good reviews. 

October 10, 2017 4:53 PM

My kids were talking about this at the dinner table a few months ago. My sons both tend to read more "adult" fiction (aimed at adults, not X-rated) as one really likes historical fiction and the other SF/fantasy. They were chatting, and agreed that the only "good" use of 1st person present tense is in "choose your own adventure" books :). Then my daughter, who mostly reads YA stuff, tuned in to the conversation. Her brother told her they were talking about how 3rd person past tense is best for fiction. Her response: "Oh, I love 3rd person past tense! It feels so fancy!" Yep, 3rd person past tense is the white gloves and pearls of the current generation.

I actually read some essays about the value of the "eternal now" of 1st-present for capturing the lived experience of adolescence etc., in an attempt to better appreciate my daughter's reading choices. I understand this intellectually, but still I just. Can't. Do it.

October 2, 2017 9:22 AM

I know a young adult Anastasia. Her little sister is Sara. They're completely American "mutts", with a top-10 most common American (English) surname.

My friend sometimes uses Anna to blend in, but she has told me that she loves having the more "exotic" Anastasia when she wants to stand out. It's the best of both worlds, she says.

October 2, 2017 9:38 AM

Thanks, that's interesting. It also means that Anastasia is still a bit "exotic", not totally common yet!

October 2, 2017 10:03 AM

 But that's the opinion of an adult. The generation you're naming is growing up surrounded by so much name diversity that very few names will feel "exotic" to them!

I know a newborn Anastasia and am 100% charmed by her name. 

By mk
October 2, 2017 12:59 PM

Not that I think it matters, but the three Anastasias I know are scientists.

October 2, 2017 1:12 PM

That's interesting! thanks

October 3, 2017 1:24 AM

My first Anastasia was the character in the Babysitters' Club Book series who went by Stacy. I always thought the full name was pretty. It's feminine and strong.



October 5, 2017 3:05 PM

I have a number of assocations for that name, and none of them are model/actress/designer (though of course an Anastasia could be those if she wanted). 

The two earliest ones I have are Stashie from Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher, and the title character from Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry, both of which I read as children. Then, of course, there's the Russian princess. 

October 5, 2017 4:22 PM

I was just reminded that one of Cinderella's evil stepsisters in the Disney version is Anastasia.

October 5, 2017 9:08 PM

Totally forgot about her! She's a villain, but a cool one.