In my readings about Fifty Shades of Grey I’ve seen a lot of complaints about using the name Anastasia for the main character. Apparently it’s too out of date for a contemporary book? I decided to do some research on the name.
A derivative of the Greek name Anastasius meaning resurrection.
In 2009 (the year EL James started writing) in the US Anastasia was the 324th most popular girls name. In 1989, the year Anastasia would have been born, it was the 337th most popular name. It was a common name in anchient England, Ireland and Russia; it is currently one of the most popular names in Russia.
Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanov of Russia, youngest daughter of Tsar Nicolas II, the entire family was executed by the Bolsheveks in 1918.
Of course the movie, Anastasia, based on a rumor that Grand Duches Anastasia survived the execution and what happened to her after.
Anastasia Myskina is a Russian tennis player.
Roman Emperor Constantine’s sisters name was Anastasia.
Nastia Lukin’s, US Gymnast, first name is actually Anastasia.
Anastasia Blue, a retired pornographic actress.
Anastasia Horne an American actress, you may have seen her on Kids Incorporated, Port Charles, or Undressed.
Final note – I read some website where they poll parents about whether they recommend a name for a baby or not, Anastasia got a 79% approval rating, so much for it being a bad name.
I actually kind of like Anastasia, it’s old world and different. Not everyone can be Sophia, Isabella, Emma, Olivia or Ava. Those would be the top 5 girls names in 2011.