Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Natasha

Natasha is the Russian diminutive of Natalya which is the Russian form of the female name Natalie. Natalie is the French form of the Latin name Natalia, which means "Christmas Day.” The Latin word “natalis” translates to ‘Natal Day, birthday’ (specifically Christ’s birthday, or Christmas day). In earlier times, these “Natalie” names were generally given to baby girls born on or around Christmas Day. Natasha is also the beautiful, intelligent, charming and near perfect female character in Leo Tolstoy’s 1865 Russian literary masterpiece, “War and Peace”. English speakers did not start using the name Natasha until the 20th century but it’s long been a favorite Russian pet name.

All About the Baby Name – Natasha

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME NATASHA

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME NATASHA

Natasha first appeared on the American female naming charts in the latter half of the 20th century (1965 to be exact). The name gained some ground pretty quickly and achieved a position on the Top 100 list of most favorite girl names in 1980. Although on the high end of the Top 100 list, Natasha would remain there for the entire decade. The 1980s were definitely Natasha’s best years. The name has declined almost 400 positions on the charts in the past 20-odd years and has now settled into low-moderate levels of usage. We find this name darling and huggable. It’s squishy and charming, even sexy. But it’s also pretty and strongly Russian. Just to add some spice to the name we recall the villainous Natasha from the old Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoon series. The Russian spies Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale (femme fatale) were the delightfully inept adversaries to the silly moose Bullwinkle and his flying-squirrel buddy Rocky who always seemed to foil the Russian duo’s evil plans. Natasha had a campy Russian accent and called everyone “dollink”. Another interesting factoid: President Obama’s daughter’s real name is Natasha (she goes by Sasha). A great name for Christmastime or any time of year.

Quick Facts

ON NATASHA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Russian

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

582

PRONUNCIATION:

nə-TASH-ə

SIMPLE MEANING:

Christmas Day

Characteristics

OF NATASHA

Independent

Individualistic

Ambitious

Strong-willed

Inventive

Successful

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Natasha

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME NATASHA

Natasha is the beautiful heroine of Leo Tolstoy’s epic, War and Peace, first published in 1869 and widely considered one of the finest works of literature ever written. In essence, the book depicts the French (Napoleonic) 1812 invasion of Russia and its effect upon the aristocracy. Natasha is a member of one of those families, who evolves from a light-hearted, flirtatious and somewhat vain young girl into a mature and lovely wife and mother (and it only takes about 1,200 pages). Natasha is not a typical, sheltered 19th century maiden. She almost elopes with Anatole, she learns the nature of spiritual love while nursing the fatally wounded Andrei, and she ultimately finds her deepest fulfillment in her marriage to Pierre, bearing him four children. Against the backdrop of the war, Natasha beautifully represents what is being lost by the Russian populace, as well as the bright hope of new beginnings. In the 1956 film version, Audrey Hepburn plays Natasha – who better, indeed?!

Written by Rosemary Crawford, “Michael and Natasha” is both an astonishing love story and an illuminating look at the last glorious days of the Romanovs and the brutal revolution that ended their reign. Based on private diaries, letters, and documents long hidden in the Soviet archives, it sheds light on an extraordinary tale of enduring love and ultimate tragedy that, until now, has never been told. He was the Grand Duke Michael Aleksandrovich, the tall, dashing brother of Tsar Nicholas II. She was Nathalie Wulfert, a beautiful, elegant, intelligent, divorced commoner, and the wife of a Guards officer under Michael's command. Everything was wrong...yet for Grand Duke Michael, it was love at first sight-an obsession that would lead to disgrace, humiliation, and exile. Much of Michael and Natasha's story is told in their own words, through hundreds of hitherto unpublished letters. Here they reveal their passion, their joy, and their despair as they are banished from their own country, bathed in scandal in the courts of Europe, and forced to suffer cruel separation. But more than a love story, Michael and Natasha is a historical drama played out against the elegant background of a bygone age and a world at war. It is a spell-binding account of Michael's return to Russia, his reputation as a war hero, the downfall of Nicholas II, the strange and short reign of Grand Duke Michael, and the cruel and tragic end of one of the most colorful eras in world history.

Popular Songs

ON NATASHA

Natasha Dance
a song by Chris De Burgh

Natasha
a song by Rufus Wainwright

Famous People

NAMED NATASHA

Natasha Bedingfield (singer)
Natasha Richardson (actress)
Natasha Gregson Wagner (actress, daughter of Natalie Wood)
Natasha Kuchiki (figure skater)
Natasha Marsh (opera singer)
Natasha Poly (Russian model)
Natasha Henstridge (actress)

Children of Famous People

NAMED NATASHA

Barack and Michelle Obama;

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME NATASHA

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Natasha