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Justin Bartha And Wife Lia Bring Baby Asa To The Girls' Side

Justin Bartha And Wife Lia Bring Baby Asa To The Girls' Side

Justin Bartha, who will forever be known as that groom who went hilariously missing in The Hangover, and his wife, personal trainer Lia Smith, welcomed a baby girl, Asa Charlotte, last week. It's a striking example of choosing a traditionally male name for a girl, and pairing it with a much more feminine middle name.

Asa has graced the pages of NameCandy twice before, first as an example of the big influence now-departed soap opera One Life to Live had on baby names, and then when the work of child actor Asa Butterfield (Hugo, Ender's Game) started getting notice. It's a Hebrew name that means "doctor," which appears in the Old Testament as the name of a king of Judah. The healing connotation is a great fit for the daughter of a woman who reportedly met her actor husband while teaching Pilates at an Equinox gym.

Asa peaked way back in the 1880s, when it ranked at #222 in the U.S., but it's been on the rise in this decade, reaching #554 in 2011 (though currently back down to #633 in 2014). As a girl's name, however, it hasn't shown up on any rankings just yet. 

Charlotte, meanwhile, stands at #87 in the U.S. as a first name. Its length and feminity are nicely juxtaposed with Asa. Then again, little Ms. Bartha could decide to go totally gender-bending and go by Charlie!

What do you think of Asa as a girl's name?

-S.R.W.

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April 21, 2014 7:46 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Åsa (which may get anglicized as Asa) and is pronounced (AWE-sah) is in Sweden a traditional female name.

April 22, 2014 12:17 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Where did you get the stat of Asa at #633 in 2014? The SSA hasn't released the 2013 name stats yet, let alone the 2014 ones.

April 23, 2014 7:32 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

My uncle, as a teen, had a buddy named Asa, and kidded around with him by calling him ASS-a. I wouldn't recommend it for this reason - especially for a girl!

April 27, 2014 2:15 PM
By Denym (not verified)

Asa is great on a boy, awful on a girl. Just leave the male names alone!

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