Today's name: Asher (male)
Potential nickname: Ash
Pronunciation: AH-shur, or ASH-er
Origin: (1) Hebrew, meaning "blessed, happy." (2) Biblical - Asher, the 8th son of Jacob, was promised a life full of abundance. (3) Old English, meaning "ash wood" or "lives near an ash tree."
Popularity: In 2010 Asher was #139, and in 2011 it was #113. The latest data shows it at #83 in 2015, likely to be even higher next year.
Fun fact: The name Asher was brought into English usage by the Puritans.