Meaning and name origin
Hester \he(s)-ter\ as a girl's 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 females (#938 out of 4276, Top 22%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#823 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Hester for girls. Hester reached its highest rank of #217 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Hester and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Esther (#203), Hetty, Hester and Hettie. (2014 statistics).
A suggested similar baby name is Hesper. This name tends to be less commonly used than Hester.