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Asher for a non-Jewish child?

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SarahAnderson Wed 15-Jun-16 11:06:11

Just that really. I LOVE the name. Love it. But we're not Jewish. Would you think it weird?

If is relevant, my husband, myself and our first daughter all have names which could be Jewish but aren't necessarily. (e.g. Leah, Rebecca). I just feel like maybe this one tips us over into, 'Why are you pretending you're Jewish when you're not?' territory.

halcyondays Wed 15-Jun-16 11:09:23

Never heard of that name before so wouldn't have thought anything really.

AppleSetsSail Wed 15-Jun-16 11:09:24

I wasn't even aware that it's a Jewish name! I really don't think there's any issue here. I've known a fair few non-Jewish Rebeccas in my time.

WorraLiberty Wed 15-Jun-16 11:10:02

Jewish people don't own that name. No-one owns a name confused

If anyone's thick enough to assume you're pretending to be Jewish, just because you chose it, just laugh at them and don't entertain the silly question.

DramaAlpaca Wed 15-Jun-16 11:11:47

If you love it, use it.

AppleSetsSail Wed 15-Jun-16 11:13:53

I also think it's a darn cute name for a little boy.

SarahAnderson Wed 15-Jun-16 11:14:48


To clarify I'm not saying 'Rebecca' is an exclusively Jewish name - it clearly isn't. (It IS a Jewish name, but it's also a Christian name.)

I guess I've just never heard of anyone called Asher who WASN'T Jewish.

MerryMarigold Wed 15-Jun-16 11:15:13

My friends are not Jewish and have an Asher (boy). They are Christian though so it's a biblical name. I also know an Asha (girl) which is an Indian name. I think it's a great name.

SarahAnderson Wed 15-Jun-16 11:15:53

It means 'happy' or 'blessed', and the nickname would be Ash, which I love (clearly I think more of the tree connotations than the smoking ones!)

MerryMarigold Wed 15-Jun-16 11:18:00

I think you should go for it. I have a Jude which is a Jewish name originally (or Catholic after the saint) and I am neither.

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 15-Jun-16 11:27:25

I like it, however in my accent Asher and Asha sound exactly the same.

Hirosleaftunnel Wed 15-Jun-16 11:33:46

I once knew a Catholic Asher, he was hot. Thanks for bringing the memory back. blush lovely name.

SarahAnderson Wed 15-Jun-16 11:34:02

Mine too smile

SarahAnderson Wed 15-Jun-16 11:34:36

Oops, crosspost, I meant 'mine too' regarding the accent, not the hot Catholic!

HostaFireandIce Wed 15-Jun-16 11:35:23

I know an Asher who's not Jewish. I think it's a great name, and anyway, it's no different from the plethora of Noahs and Isaacs. It's just a bit more original!

BoxofSnails Wed 15-Jun-16 11:39:44

The old testament names don't get used exclusively by Jews - I say go for it. There are lots of Sarahs, Daniels, Josephs, Benjamins, etc in atheist, Christian families - most of the 'traditional' names have OT roots. It's a lovely name for a little boy.

pinkmagic1 Wed 15-Jun-16 11:42:03

I think if you are of Christian origin you can also use Jewish names as most are just old testament names. Asher is Lovely.

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 15-Jun-16 11:42:46


It doesn't bother me tbh just thought I'd mention it grin

Juanbablo Wed 15-Jun-16 12:00:35

The only Asher I've heard of is part of a very Christian family. I wasn't aware it was a Jewish name. I have a Hebrew name but I am of no religion at all.

Mouthfulofquiz Wed 15-Jun-16 12:05:13

I have accidentally given all of my boys completely catholic names, and we aren't Catholic... Well my MIL was, back when she was a schoolgirl.
Anyway - my point is, go for it - it's a great name!!

AdjustableWench Wed 15-Jun-16 12:05:52

I think it might seem odd if you chose a Hebrew version of a name for your non-Jewish child, like Moshe, Shmuel or Yitzhak. Traditionally, Christians have used transliterations (Moses, Samuel or Isaac). And it would be really quite unusual if you chose a Yiddish version of a name, such as Yankel (Jacob), Dovid (David) etc.

But Asher is used by both Jewish and Christian communities, and their secular counterparts. And it's a lovely name!

blueskyinmarch Wed 15-Jun-16 12:07:43

Asher is my MIL’s maiden name (so a surname). It is used by family members as a middle name. They family are not jewish at all as far as we are aware, and they have traced the family tree way far back many generations. I think it is a lovely name. Go for it.

JacquesHammer Wed 15-Jun-16 12:11:22

My sister and I have both got Jewish names and we're not Jewish.

I don't think anyone would bat an eyelid.

Very lovely name

Buttock Wed 15-Jun-16 12:12:03

Asher is also an Arabic name. It's my cousin's name.

MLGs Wed 15-Jun-16 16:25:54

Asher is a beautiful name.

Had never heard of it til now but it's lovely.

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