Hester

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Gender: F Meaning of Hester: "star" Origin of Hester: Medieval variation of Esther, Persian

The disgraced heroine of The Scarlet Letter's name, after long neglect, just might have a chance at revival, following in the wake of sister-name Esther. We've characterized her elsewhere as an eccentric aristocrat, much more accepted in the U.K. than she has been here.

Hester's beyond-Hawthorne's literary appearances include as characters in Theodore Dreiser's novel An American Tragedy, in Oscar Wilde's play A Woman of No Importance, in John Irving's novel A Prayer for Owen Meaney, and as Niles and Frasier Crane's mom on Frasier.

Hetty is Hester's usual nickname, sometimes used independently.

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Famous People Named Hester

Hester Santlow, "England's first ballerina"
Hester Pitt, Countess of Chatham, wife of British Prime Minister William Pitt
Hester Lucy Stanhope, British traveler and Arabist; granddaughter of William Pitt
Hester Lynch Thrale, English diarist
Hester Chapone, English author of women's conduct books

Pop Culture References for the Name Hester

Hester Prynne, main character in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Hester Shaw, character in Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines series
Hester, daemon in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy
Hester Frump, Morticia's mother on TV's "The Addams Family"
Hester Dethridge, one of Wilkie Collins's "best half-mad villainesses, homicidal keeper of Anne Silvester in her captivity," in Man and Wife (1870)
Hester Crane, character on TV's "Cheers" and "Frasier"
Hester-Sue Terhune, character on TV's 'Little House on the Prairie'
Hester, character in Soman Chainani's The School for Good and Evil series
Hester, character in "A woman called Fancy" by Frank Yerby
Hester Latterly, character in Anne Perry's William Monk series
Hassar San Kahlar A.KA. Hester St Clare, a character in K.A. Barker's "The Book of Days"
Hester, angel in Erik Kripke's "Supernatural"

Hestia, Hetti, Hettie, Hetty

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