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Esther 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 leaf". Also possibly (Persian) "star". Biblical: a young Hebrew woman named Hadassah 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. The name may also be a Hebrew form of the name of the Persian goddess of love, Ishtar. Ester is a Spanish form. Swimming actress Esther Williams; cosmetics pioneer Estée Lauder.
Esther has 14 variant forms: Essie, Essy, Esta, Estee, Ester, Estera, Ettey, Etti, Ettie, Etty, Hester, Hesther, Hetty and Hittie.
For more information, see also related names Easter, Estelle, Hadassah, Starla and Asta.
Baby names that sound like Esther are Astera, Astrea, Estrid, Astryr and Wister.
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Popularity of Esther
Esther is a very popular first name for women (#132 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#43891 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby names popularity of the name Esther for girls. (2012 statistics) Compare Esther with its variant forms and related girl baby names.