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What does Hester mean?

Hester Pronunciation of Hester 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". Also form of Asta.


ASSOCIATED WITH star, medieval, heroine


VARIANTS Ester, Ettie, Etty, Hesther, Hestia, Hettie, Hetty

OTHER FORMS VIA ESTHER Eistir, Estee, Estera, Eszter, Yesfir



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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, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hester name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Esther (#153 IN RECENT RANKINGS), Ester (#1747), Ettie, Hettie and Hetty are the prominent related forms of Hester. These forms of Hester reached the apex of their popularity in the 1890s (ADOPTION OF 0.8%) and are now significantly less common (ADOPTION 0.1%, 85.9%), with versions such as Ettie becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hester, Ester, Esther, Ettie, Hettie, Hetty in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding 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.

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