Asa - I can never see it as a high court judge or anything in that kind of name test... but that's cos I had a brief thing with a guy called it whose entire wardrobe consisted of Man City shirts from every year in the previous two decades.
Apart from tragic footballing connotations for me - I quite like the name.
I did come across a child called Ace relatively recently... was fighting the urge to make comments about smoking kippers and being back for breakfast...
I know A LOT of dogs-never heard of an Asa as a dogs name before. However, dogs can be called, and are called, anything at all. It's not a dogs name. Well no more than any other baby's name at the moment
Oooh, I never thought I'd suffer the ignominy of having one of my kids' names associated with being, as we say delicately, "downmarket". I am feeling decidedly Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells about it. I am distinctly middle class (much as I tried to fight against this as a reactionary teen) as are all of the other families with Ashers that I know of.
Asher has been widely used by the Jewish community for decades, although it's fair to say it's only more recently become more widespread. However, I see it as part of the same trend which has led to Elijah, Eli, Isaac, Reuben etc becoming popular, none of which were used outside of the Jewish community when I was young.