What does Hester mean?
Variant of Esther, of medieval origin. The two names were used interchangeably, but are now regarded as separate names. Literary: Hester Prynne is the much put-upon heroine of Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel "The Scarlett Letter".
Affiliated girl name: Asta.more]
How popular is Hester?
Hester is a very popular first name for women (#938 out of 4276, Top 22%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#919 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Hester for girls. Hester entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its peak rank of #217 in the U.S. then, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Hester and corresponding names. Esther (#203 in recent rankings), Hetty, Hettie, Ettie and Ester are the prominent related forms of Hester. These forms of Hester reached the apex of their popularity during 1890-1899 (adoption of 0.6%) and are now significantly less common (adoption 0.13%, ▼77.8%), with the versions Hester, Ester, Ettie and Hettie becoming less trendy. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Suggested similar baby names are Easter, Heath, Heather, Heaven, Hedley, Hege, Heidey, Heleen, Helen, Hellee, Hellen, Henie, Hepsey, Hepsie, Herta, Hesper, Hespera, Hether, Hette, Hunter, Pepper, Roser, Winter, Wister and Wynter. These names tend to be less frequently used than Hester.