English, from German

Easter Origin and Meaning

The name Easter is a girl's name of English origin.

Easter has been used as a name for several hundred years, as part of the day-naming tradition; now, this rarely heard holiday celebration name would make a novel choice for a springtime baby. Background:The early Anglo-Saxon monk and scholar Bede took the name of a goddess--Eostre-- whose feast was celebrated at the vernal equinox and gave it to the Christian festival of the resurrection of Christ.

Easter appeared on the Top 1000 list during the first few decades of the twentieth century. It was heard for the character played by Jasmine Guy in the TV miniseries Queen.

International versions include Pascal, Pasqua and Pascua.

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Easter Rank in US Top 1000

Famous People Named Easter

  • Easther BennettEnglish singer of R&B girl group Eternal

Easter in Pop Culture

  • Eastercharacter in book/film "Queen" by Alex Haley
  • Eastermentioned in the song "Every Day Is a Winding Road" by Sheryl Crow ("He's got a daughter he calls Easter/She was born on a Tuesday night")
  • Easter Rising1916 insurrection leading to Irish independence
  • Easter IslandChile
  • Similar to Esther