The name Asher is of Hebrew origin and means "Blessed, Happy." The origin is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word--the language in which it most appears.
Nicknames for the name Asher include Ash and Ashy. Asher is typically a male name but some folks use it for their baby girls as well.
Actor Judd Nelson's middle name is Asher, as well as playwright Arthur Miller. Asher Keddie is an Australian actress, which may be the reason it is slowly becoming more popular for girls.
Asher Levis a fictional character created by Chaim Potok for his novels, My Name is Asher Lev and The Gift of Asher Lev. Asher was also the second son of Jacob and Zylpah in The Book of Genesis.