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What does Hester mean?

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".


Hester has 4 variants: Hesther, Hestia, Hettie and Hetty.

For more information, see also the related girl name Asta.

Hester has 16 more different forms via Esther: Eistir, Eppie, Ess, Essie, Essy, Esta, Estee, Ester, Estera, Eszter, Ettey, Etti, Ettie, Etty, Hittie and Yesfir.


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 reached its peak rank of #217 in the U.S. then, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Hester name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Hester outside U.S.

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 1890-1899 (usage of 0.6235%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 0.0996%, down 84%), with versions such as Essie, Esta, Ester, Ettie and Hester becoming somewhat dated. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Essie, Esta, Ester, Esther, Ettie, Hester, Hettie, Hetty in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ester outside U.S.

Similar Names

A suggested similar baby name is Hesper. This name tends to be less frequently used than Hester.