The name Anastasia ranked 289th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 907th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Anastasia is the name by which Tsar Nicholas II's daughter Anastasiya was known in the West.
Years after the Russian royal family was executed by Communist revolutionaries, a woman claiming to be Anastasia surfaced in Europe. Her romantic and mysterious story caught the world's imagination, and has been told and retold many times. (For many people, Anastasia is inextricably associated with actress Ingrid Berman, who won the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal in the 1956 film Anastasia.)
Recently, scientific tests of the exhumed remains of the Tsar's family have proved that little Anastasia did not escape their fate.