Meaning and Name Origin
Hester \he(s)-ter\ as a girls' name is pronounced HESS-ter. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Hester is "myrtle, bride; star". Variant of Esther. Literary: Hester Prynne is the much put-upon heroine of Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel "The Scarlett Letter".
For more information, see also the related girl name Asta.
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 (#823 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Hester for girls. Hester 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 2014), Hettie, Hetty, Ettie, Ester, Essie and Esta are the prominent related forms of Hester. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity during the years 1890-1899 and are now significantly less popular, with versions such as Hester, Hettie, Ettie, Ester and Esta becoming somewhat dated. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
A suggested similar baby name is Hesper. This name tends to be less frequently used than Hester.