Asher Name Meaning

A relative newbie to the Top 1000, Asher has been rising steadily since his arrival. He’s an ancient name with modern appeal, a twist on the Ashton and Ashley trend of the 1970s and 1980s.

A Biblical name, Asher appears as a son of Jacob in the holy texts, going on to start the Tribe of Asher, a group blessed with good looks and fortune. Not too shabby of an association, huh? Less popular that his Biblical buddies Aaron or Noah, Asher is the perfect way to honor your religion without having to worry about popularity.

Asher is a sweet name that fits in with today’s trends. He’s as soft in sound as Liam and Elijah, yet has word name vibes reminiscent of Mason. He also feels like a surname find, right on trend with Jackson or Carter.

Little Asher is gentle as can be, a delicate soul who strives to make others smile. He may do this through acts of kindness or through mischief and comedy, depending on the day. He’s a curious kid who’s always looking for more, a wild imagination leading his way.

Asher is delightful on a little boy, the nickname Ash making him a precious pick. He’s also mature enough to age with ease, never seeming juvenile or incomplete.

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Asher Name Popularity

How popular is the name Asher? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Asher was the 47th most popular boys name, representing 0.4951% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Asher has been the 416th most popular boys name, representing 0.036% of boy births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 0 0%
1913 0 0%
1914 0 0%
1915 0 0%
1916 0 0%
1917 0 0%
1918 0 0%
1919 0 0%
1920 0 0%
1921 0 0%
1922 1,221 10 0.0009%
1923 0 0%
1924 1,480 6 0.0005%
1925 0 0%
1926 0 0%
1927 1,592 5 0.0005%
1928 0 0%
1929 0 0%
1930 0 0%
1931 0 0%
1932 1,404 5 0.0005%
1933 0 0%
1934 0 0%
1935 0 0%
1936 0 0%
1937 1,369 5 0.0005%
1938 0 0%
1939 0 0%
1940 0 0%
1941 0 0%
1942 0 0%
1943 1,313 6 0.0005%
1944 1,354 5 0.0004%
1945 0 0%
1946 0 0%
1947 0 0%
1948 0 0%
1949 0 0%
1950 0 0%
1951 0 0%
1952 0 0%
1953 1,396 6 0.0003%
1954 0 0%
1955 0 0%
1956 1,473 5 0.0003%
1957 0 0%
1958 0 0%
1959 1,373 7 0.0004%
1960 1,573 5 0.0003%
1961 1,331 8 0.0004%
1962 0 0%
1963 0 0%
1964 1,343 8 0.0005%
1965 0 0%
1966 1,221 10 0.0006%
1967 1,299 7 0.0005%
1968 1,343 8 0.0005%
1969 1,376 8 0.0005%
1970 1,426 8 0.0005%
1971 0 0%
1972 1,317 12 0.0009%
1973 1,515 7 0.0005%
1974 1,401 10 0.0008%
1975 1,289 14 0.0011%
1976 1,363 13 0.001%
1977 1,299 16 0.0012%
1978 1,195 21 0.0016%
1979 1,173 24 0.0017%
1980 1,135 27 0.0018%
1981 1,112 29 0.002%
1982 1,098 31 0.0021%
1983 976 41 0.0028%
1984 1,004 37 0.0025%
1985 1,002 43 0.0028%
1986 985 46 0.003%
1987 1,039 41 0.0027%
1988 1,152 37 0.0024%
1989 1,184 39 0.0024%
1990 1,164 44 0.0027%
1991 1,142 50 0.0031%
1992 1,098 57 0.0036%
1993 970 77 0.0049%
1994 993 75 0.0049%
1995 929 91 0.006%
1996 821 125 0.0083%
1997 730 161 0.0109%
1998 705 187 0.0125%
1999 604 261 0.0174%
2000 578 306 0.02%
2001 530 370 0.0246%
2002 490 432 0.0288%
2003 415 583 0.0383%
2004 335 859 0.0564%
2005 287 1,137 0.0744%
2006 250 1,356 0.0866%
2007 233 1,557 0.0987%
2008 206 1,891 0.1223%
2009 165 2,343 0.1568%
2010 138 2,856 0.1982%
2011 113 3,413 0.2396%
2012 108 3,551 0.2492%
2013 104 3,710 0.2606%
2014 92 4,319 0.2964%
2015 82 5,111 0.3513%
2016 71 5,494 0.3811%
2017 59 5,991 0.4293%
2018 47 6,802 0.4951%

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Names Like Asher

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What names are diminutives of Asher?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Asher sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Asher, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ash
#1,323 (0.0047%)  

What names are variants of Asher?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Asher.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ashur

A month of the Islamic calendar

Ancient

#2,809 (0.0004%)  

What names sound like Asher?

If you like how Asher sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Asher.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ashford

Ford by the ashes

English

Ashlan

Ash meadow

English

Ashland

Land of Ash

English

Ashley

Ash meadow

English

#2,758 (0.0004%)  
Ashton

Ash tree town

English

#128 (0.2204%)  
Asser

Happy

Hebrew

Osher

Happiness, good fortune

Hebrew

Usher

River mouth

Latin

#1,757 (0.002%)  

What names are similar to Asher?

Find a name that’s like Asher, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Aaron

High mountain

Hebrew

#60 (0.4326%)  
Adam

Man

Hebrew

#79 (0.3397%)  
Caleb

Whole heart

Hebrew

#45 (0.5043%)  
Elijah

My God is Yahweh

Hebrew

#7 (0.9379%)  
Everett

Brave boar

English

#95 (0.2912%)  
Felix

Happy and lucky

Latin

#226 (0.1186%)  
Jeremiah

God will exalt

Hebrew

#65 (0.4041%)  
Levi

Joined together

Hebrew

#33 (0.6143%)  
Lucas

From Lucania

Latin

#8 (0.916%)  
Thomas

Twin

Greek

#49 (0.4934%)  

Lists With Asher

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Siblings of Asher

Mamas with kids named Asher also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Judah

Praise

Hebrew

#201 (0.1446%)  
Jasmyne

Jasmine

Persian

Lael

Belonging to God

Hebrew

#2,692 (0.0008%)  
Adalyn

Noble kind

German

#141 (0.1392%)  
Axel

My father is peace

Scandinavian

#94 (0.2952%)  
Bobbie

English

#2,399 (0.0012%)  

24 Comments

  1. We loved the meaning behind the name.

  2. We like the sound of Asher, but more than that the meaning –
    “happy, one who is blessed”.

    Asher is also one of the 12 tribes of Israel, which was special to us both.

  3. Dad chose Asher and I love it because of its meaning. Fortunate and blessed; happy. Its biblical.

  4. It means “happy” and “blessed” and we felt like that was really appropriate for the season of life we’ve overcome and the one we’re in now.

  5. Asher is a family name of the father’s grandfather. It is also the name of a friend’s baby who brought inspiration and hope during our 2 year baby journey. Deep down I believe he helped by spreading his baby dust.

  6. My husband and I chose Asher because it means Happy, joyful, .. We completely fell in love with the name & knew that our baby would bring us joy and together.

  7. Asher first name came from the bible and his middle name Lane came from my late uncle middle name Thomas Lane

  8. We wanted to go with a strong biblical name so we chose Asher because it means happy and blessed and it was one of the lost tribes of Israel.

  9. Way back when I was pregnant with my son I found the name Asher in the bible. I fell in love with it immediately and I wanted to give that name to my son. My ex was not impressed with that idea at all. He wanted his son to be named after him like he had originally decided. I liked Asher Kyle way better than Joseph Calvin. I ended up getting my way. Asher Kyle just turned 15 a couple of months ago. I love that wasn’t very common back in 2004. I’ve been seeing it pop up more and more as the years go by. It’s a beautiful name.

  10. It was a cute, two syllable name that worked well with our last name.

  11. I mixed my name and husband name and it means blessed baby with fortunate and happiness!

  12. Family bame

  13. It’s relatively unique and means happy and blessed. It fits perfectly.

  14. We wanted a tree name but Ash felt too short and we didn’t want Ashley or Ashron. My husband found Asher, a Hebrew name online and we love the meaning of it: happy fortunate one. It’s perfect.

  15. We prayed and asked God who our little boy was created to be. We felt like the words we got matched the definition of his name: happy, blessed, and fortunate. I also love how it is a bit unique and I haven’t met that many Ashers in my life.

  16. We chose it because it is an uncommon name in the Bible that means “happy, blessed”. It is our belief that people tend to live up to their names so we wanted to choose a name that meant something good that we wanted for our baby. We wrote down a bunch of names that we liked and shared them with family and friends. Most people ended up gravitating toward Asher, so we decided on it. 🙂

  17. We couldn’t decide on a name, I prayed a lot one night and asked God to give me his name. The next day, my husband and I were talking and somehow this name came up for the first time. We both cried (for sentimental different reasons), that was a sign to me that it was the right name…and then I remembered praying the night before. So I knew God had given us this name for our/his child!

  18. How did we land on Asher? Friends and Family have all commented on how unusual it is, how much they like it, and how unused it seems to be for a biblical name.

    We wanted a name from the Bible… We already have boys named Josiah Nathaniel and Elijah Samuel, so we ruled those out. I realized that if I didn’t want all my kids to have names ending in the -uh sound, now was the time to branch out.

    Name meaning is INCREDIBLY important to us, and this baby was a wonderful, prayed-for, long-awaited third child we thought we might never be able to have. Sometime in the last few years, I had seen the name Asher come through my social media news feed, and it stuck with me. When I found out it means “Happy” and “Blessed,” I was sold.

    I just had to figure out how to propose it to my husband… His father passed away the year before, and he and his father had shared the middle name Paul. I loved the sound of Asher Paul, and the legacy could live on…

    My husband reacted so strangely! Sorta meh, felt like a no, kinda teasing…. I wasn’t sure what to make of it!! Later, he agreed to the name, but I had questions! Like “What changed? I thought you hated that name?” and “If you really do like the name, why did you react so strangely?” He said he was just giving me a hard time since I came up with the idea myself (for the other two boys, we sat down and pulled up name options and researched together). That crazy guy! For a few months, I had myself convinced he hated the only name I wanted!

    Asher is 6 months old now, and he has been HAPPY since day one. I am more convinced than ever that name meaning can make a difference in the child’s disposition… He is always content, quick to smile, and so peaceful.

    One down side we considered was all the possible nicknames that could rhyme with Asher and be used by unkind peers… Basher, Crasher, Flasher, Gasher, Hasher, Lasher, Masher, Slasher, Trasher… you get the idea. Also wasn’t sure if I liked Ash as a nickname for a boy. Too girly? I ended up deciding it didn’t bother me enough to pick something else! (And this Asher LOVES water, so his brothers decided “Asher Splasher” was a good nickname for now.)

    I love the name Asher, and I am so glad it all worked out to use it for this little boy. The name truly fits him, and I have no regrets!

  19. My older children are named Anna, and John. Both names having biblical origins, I liked the idea of Asher, as it’s also biblical. My partner loves Ash trees for carving, and with Ash being a string tree, this also appealed to us both. I liked that it’s a simple name, familiar, yet not so common. My dislikes are that it does sound a lot like other Ash names (Ashton, Ashley).

  20. Asher means “blessed with abundance” his middle name is Zion which is quickly becoming his family name. At this early stage of life he is being called both names and I think both names suit him.

  21. Because of the the meaning (full of joy)

  22. My husband actually picked out the name Asher for the first name because I wanted his middle name to be a Joel, but couldn’t figure out the first name. I wanted something that was masculine yet not super common. I love the meaning of the name: Happy and Blessed. Plus it is a Bible name. The only thing I don’t like is it has ended up being a lot more common than we were hoping for.

  23. We went through several years of infertility. In the midst of our struggles we turned to adoption. We instantly fell in love with Asher Samuel as a name. It means I am blessed or happy (depending on different sources) and Samuel means, because I asked him of God (according to the Bible). Not long after entering into the adoption journey, we brought our sweet boy, Asher Samuel, to his forever home.

  24. We heard the name while reading the Bible one day and it kinda got stuck in our heads and hearts. So when we became pregnant it was our top option for a boy! It has a beautiful meaning too: happy, fortunate, blessed. ? we pray these things for our son always!


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