Sacha (full name Alexander)

(37 Posts)
ArtigeneAuberchoke Thu 03-Jan-13 22:50:21

What do people think of Sacha for a boy? Both our DDs have English name popular in Eastern Europe so I like how this fits.

ggirl Thu 03-Jan-13 22:51:14

love it

ArtigeneAuberchoke Fri 04-Jan-13 08:45:38

Bump. Any more views?

CitizenOscar Fri 04-Jan-13 08:54:01

I love it. DH wouldn't be keen though.

mellowcat Fri 04-Jan-13 08:55:34

Unusual but very nice

PickledInAPearTree Fri 04-Jan-13 08:57:45

I quite like it, if you go for Alexander then you've loads of options and you don't have to stick with Sacha.

I'm thinking of Alexander for ds2 as well.

scaevola Fri 04-Jan-13 09:03:43

Lovely.

persephoneplum Fri 04-Jan-13 09:54:54

Love it!

elah11 Fri 04-Jan-13 19:26:23

My friends ds is Alex and they call him Sasha, they are Russian and its a common nickname there for Alex. My only reservation is that quite a few people (esp other children) say 'but thats a girls name' when they meet him.

StellaNova Fri 04-Jan-13 20:05:15

I have an Alexander. I like Sacha (I love Russian names) but wasn't brave enough to go with it,so he is Alex.

I think in the UK we are more familiar with Sasha as a girl's name, but Alex can be boy or girl as well.

ArtigeneAuberchoke Fri 04-Jan-13 20:58:28

I know in America Sasha is seen as a female name (after all it is Obama's daughter) but I am surprised that is the perception here. In Europe it is more commonly used for boys and the one famous UK Sasha who I can think of is Sasha Baron Cohen. But it is really useful to know others see it as feminine.

elah11 Fri 04-Jan-13 21:10:36

I am in Ireland and it would most definitely be a girls name here except for people with Russian connections. I like it though for a boy!

BubaMarra Sat 05-Jan-13 16:10:31

In Russia and Eastern Europe Sasha is short for Alexander. Short for Alexandra (female) would be some variant of Sasha, depending on the country. Sashka, for example. Although it wouldn't be strange to call a girl Sasha. Not usual, but not strange either.

StellaNova Sat 05-Jan-13 19:38:40

I probably see it as feminine because I had a next door neighbour who was a Sasha, short for Alexandra.

littleacceb Sat 05-Jan-13 19:47:19

Love it. It's DH's cousin's name (I think his mum was Czech), and funnily enough, also his wife's name! Also, I think with more Eastern European families settling in the UK, it'll become much more recognised as a boy name.

It's one of my favourite names. I love both spellings (Sacha, Sasha) but see Sacha for a boy and Sasha for a girl.

citronella Wed 09-Jan-13 17:25:54

Love it - my DS1 is Sacha

citronella Wed 09-Jan-13 17:26:52

Spellings deffo Sacha = boy, Sasha = girl

cosykins Wed 09-Jan-13 21:14:17

I adore Sacha!

ZooAnimals Wed 09-Jan-13 21:18:36

It's quite nice, but I definitely see it as a girls name, even though I know a boy Sasha.

ShowOfHands Wed 09-Jan-13 21:29:14

It is a boys' name and I find using on a girl like calling a girl Roger.

The spelling thing is nothing to do with gender and more to do with where the name is from. Sacha is French, Sascha is German etc. I know it's used for girls now too but I still can't fathom it as a girls' name. I will though over time as more people use it for girls. I have a Russian friend who could not believe we use it for girls here.

I love it though. Would have been my choice for ds if it was my sole choice to make.

sonnieboo Wed 09-Jan-13 22:22:57

"Spellings deffo Sacha = boy, Sasha = girl "

NO! Sacha is the French version (as the french pronounce ch as in chat as we do sh). The German version is Sascha.

In the UK I'd use Sasha. Great name and lovely nickname for Alexander!

sonnieboo Wed 09-Jan-13 22:24:58

Sasha is a unisex given name. It originated in countries of Central, Eastern and Southern Europe as a diminutive of Aleksander and Aleksandra. It is also found as a surname, although this is very rare. Alternative spellings include: Саша (Russian, Serbian), Сашо (Bulgarian), Саше (Macedonian), Saša (Slovenian, Serbian, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Lithuanian), Sasza (Polish), Сашко (Ukrainian), Sascha (German), Sasja (Dutch and Swedish), and Sacha (French).

This name is especially common in Europe where it is used primarily by males as a diminutive of Alexander.

In Germany, the civil registry offices allow the inscription of Sascha in birth certificates as a formal name but only for boys

mrlazysfishwife Wed 09-Jan-13 22:27:24

I love it. Only reason it wasn't on my list is that it would sound awful with my surname. But, the only Sasha I've met in RL was AlexandRA, sorry!

ALittleScatterOfRain Thu 10-Jan-13 01:02:02

I like it. I know both male and female Sasha/Sacha's.

I'd personally use Sacha for a boy, undecided which I'd use for a girl!

The only Eastern European Alexandra I know doesn't go to any variation of Sasha though- she's an Ola.

anonymosity Thu 10-Jan-13 02:11:37

I have always loved this name (ever since having a Sasha doll in the 1970s) but was veto'd for giving it to any of my DCs. I think its elegant, for either gender.

tammytoby Thu 10-Jan-13 11:38:52

I think of Sasha as a boys' name. Love it, actually.

Agree that the French spell it Sacha.

Interesting that it is only a boys' name in Germany (spellt Sascha).

tammytoby Thu 10-Jan-13 11:40:10

I wouldn't spell it Sacha unless you were French. Sasha is easier to read/pronounce (as some might read ch as in cheese, in English grin).

ArtigeneAuberchoke Fri 11-Jan-13 10:25:22

I have just seen all the recent replies. I am so pleased by all the positive reactions. I clearly need to consider the spelling of Sasha/Sacha further though.

shoobidoo Fri 11-Jan-13 10:29:09

Sasha is lovely and a great nickname for Alexander.

Agree about the 'ch' spelling being french and in english speaking countries 'sh' is more intuitive. Everyone will know how to pronounce Sasha.

shoobidoo Fri 11-Jan-13 10:30:08

In fact Sacha reminds Sacher Torte, an Austrian cake!

mumoftoomany Fri 11-Jan-13 11:12:40

Lovely name. I know a German Sascha - think that's his name (i.e. not short for anything).

ladymia Fri 11-Jan-13 11:15:23

I think it's a bit feminine but probably because I know 2 female Sashas. I prefer Xander or Alex as a nn for Alexander.

evamummy Fri 11-Jan-13 11:36:10

I like it and still associate it more with a boys name, although it seems to be increasingly used for girls. I'd spell it Sasha for either gender in UK.

chaya5738 Fri 11-Jan-13 13:11:18

I LOVE it.

Was on our list.

PandaWatch Fri 11-Jan-13 17:01:34

I love it! I would personally go with Sacha though. I think it looks more like a boy's name - not sure why!

gazzalw Fri 11-Jan-13 17:05:51

Love it too and it relates to the Alexander vs Arthur baby name thread....Yes, wish we'd used it as a diminutive for our DS!

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