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Meaning and name origin
Esther \e-sther, es-ther\ as a girl's name is pronounced ESS-ter. It is of Persian origin, and the meaning of Esther is "myrtle, bride; star". Biblical: a young beautiful Hebrew woman who became the wife of the Persian king Ahasuerus, and risked her life to save her people. Jews celebrate the festival of Purim in memory of her. Her Hebrew name was Hadassah meaning both "myrtle" and "bride", and the form Esther is a Persian translation of it. It could also derive from Persian stara meaning "star", or be a Hebrew form of the name of the Persian goddess of love and fertility Ishtar. Esther has traditionally been given to girls born during the period of Purim, the feast that celebrates Esther's biblical achievements. The name was later taken up by the Puritans in the 17th century. Though not related in origin, Esther has been used before as an English form of the Irish Gaelic name Aislinn. Swimming actress Esther Williams; cosmetics pioneer Estée Lauder.
Esther is a very popular first name for females (#132 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#43891 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Esther for girls (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Esther and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Aislinn, Easter, Essie, Esta, Estelle, Ester, Esther, Ettie, Hadassah, Hester, Hetty and Starla. (2015 statistics).
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