Ashanti \a-shan-ti, ash(a)-nti\ as a girl's name is of Ghanaian origin. From the name of a powerful African empire (17th to early 20th century). Today, names associated with the empire bring to mind power and victory. The name is used as a surname by the Akan people of Ghana, and also in modern American black families as a link to the African past.
For more information, see also the related name Shaneika.