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

The name Hester is a girl's name meaning "star". Hester and is often added to lists like Unique Girl Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Totally, Kinda, or No Way?".

From the experts:

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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Hettie, Hestia, Hetti, Hetty

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Dietanzerin Says:

2016-08-19T15:29:27

Means "horse" in Norwegian.

Esta Nublado Says:

2016-07-05T11:55:27

Don't forget Hester Shaw, one of my favourite characters of all fiction. So for me the name brings to mind a smaller girl, messy brown hair, a husky voice and a level gaze. And Hester Shaw goes and names her child Wren, another beautiful name.

EW314 Says:

2016-01-26T16:08:59

I love Hester, along with sister name Esther and similar-sounding goddess name Hestia. It doesn't get a lot of love though.

EW314 Says:

2016-01-26T16:07:47

Hahaha! I actually like the name, but this made me chuckle.

Michaela Says:

2016-01-13T16:13:15

Hester is very unappealing sound-wise. I picture an unhappy young woman with a harried life.

RoddyThlayli Says:

2015-08-29T15:00:06

Hester is one of my absolute favorite names. I'm not really sure why. I always associate it with the character from the Hungry City Chronicles by Philip Reeve, but since I think that she's an awesome character, it doesn't bother me. I also like the name Hesper, which isn't on Nameberry, I don't think.

yvonne_virginia Says:

2015-08-02T21:24:43

It's such a sweet, sad, story. I love this name because of that.

Why is Hester always a tragic name? Everything I've read or heard of with Hester as a character has them as, well, tragic figures. E.g. Hester Prynne, (never read the book though) Hester Gray, and Hester Shaw from Mortal Engines.

lnxn09 Says:

2015-07-18T21:47:07

Reminds me of Hester Gray from the Anne of Green Gables books. She has such a tragic love story it makes me like this name. Maybe the double barrel name Hester Gray together would work better then just Hester on its own?

stephanie court Says:

2015-01-12T19:41:49

I just think of Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter.

uesnyc Says:

2015-01-12T16:24:44

Brings a sickly image to mind... sounds like fester.

Essa Says:

2014-12-18T12:44:21

I love Esther, it's one of my favourite names. Dislike Hester though, I don't know how that simple H can ruin it for me, it just does.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:

2014-12-18T07:38:13

Hester the jester

Nooshi Says:

2014-06-25T07:17:47

I love Hester- I think it has a quiet, clunky sort of charm, à la Esther and Harriet. I love Hestia a bit more though.

mysoutherncomfortzone Says:

2014-06-25T06:10:32

I picture Hester as a girl with dark lipstick, unflattering bangs, and a bloody axe.