Anastasia is a feminine name of Greek origin.
From the Greek word «ανάσταση» (anástassi), meaning “resurrection”.
The original meaning of the word was “to rise”, from Greek «αν(α)» (an) meaning “up” and «ίστημι» (ístimi) meaning “stand” or “be present”.
This is a name that was quite common amongst Eastern Orthodox Christian populations due to Saint Anastasia the Pharmakolytria or “Deliverer from Poisons”.
She was born to a prominent Roman family. After the death of her husband, she gave away her possessions to the poor she devoted herself to Christianity, travelling from city to city visiting imprisoned Christians, healing them and instructing them to the Christian faith.
Anastasia was a rather common name among royal members, such as Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova, Duchess of Russia, Anastasia Viktoria Cecilie Hermine of Prussia, etc.
The masculine form of the name is Anastasios.
Alternative forms of the name are Anastacia, Anastazia, Natassa, Anastazja, Nastasia, Tasia, Tasoula, Stacy, Asya.
The names’ rankings are #82 in Italy (2016) and #168 in England (2018). In the U.S.A. the name is slowly but steadily climbing in the rankings, it was #169 in 2017.
Famous bearers are Anastasia Ashley, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Anastasia Grishina, Anastasia Myskina, Anastasia Rodionova, Anastasia Hille, Anastasia Andreyevna Shpilevaya, Anastasia Griffith, Anastasia Kelesidou, Anastasia Volochkova, Anastasia Bliznyuk.