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Asher

Origin: Israel
gender-male
Region Origin: Western Asia

Asher is a Hebrew name meaning "happy" and "blessed". It is derived from the Hebrew word "osher," which means "happiness". The name has biblical origins, as Asher is the eighth son of Jacob and the founder of the Tribe of Asher, one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. In the Hebrew Bible, Jacob blesses Asher, and Moses says of him, "May Asher be blessed above other sons". While Asher was once primarily reserved for boys, it has become a popular gender-neutral name in recent years. The name has been used in Jewish literature, such as in Chaim Potok's book "My Name is Asher Lev" and its sequels. In addition to its Hebrew origins, Asher can also be derived from the Old English word "asche," meaning "ash tree". This gives the name a more earthy tone, allowing it to appeal to parents who want to connect their child to their faith or their earthy roots.

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