What does Hester mean?
Hester [hes-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, 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.Creative forms:
(female) Hesber, Heter, ..
(male) Hesder, Heshen, .. Middle name pairings:
Hester Rylynn (H.R.), ..
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)
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 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Esther (#203 in recent rankings), Ester (#1848), Hetty, Hettie and Ettie are the prominent related forms of Hester. These forms of Hester reached the apex of their popularity in the 1900s (adoption of 0.7%) and are now significantly less common (adoption 0.1%, ▼84.5%), with versions such as Hettie becoming somewhat dated.
Similar NamesSuggested similar names are Becker, Demeter, Easter▼, Harper▲, Heath, Heather▼, Heaven▲, Hebe, Hedlea (see Hadley), Hedley, Hege, Heide, Heidee, Heidey, Heike, Heleen, Helen▼, Helje, Helle, Hellee, Hellen▼, Henie, Hepsey, Hepsie, Herta, Hertha, Hesper, Hespera, Hesperia, Hether, Hetta, Hette, Huette, Hunter▼, Mercer, Pepper, Roser, Winter▲, Wister and Wynter▲. These names tend to be less frequently used than Hester.See names in meaning and etymology.