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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 "Baby a Day".

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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 Grenville, 1st Countess Temple, 2nd Viscountess Cobham, mother of Hester Pitt and British PM George Grenville; grandmother of PM William Grenville
Hester (Grenville) Pitt, Countess of Chatham, wife of British Prime Minister William Pitt; daughter of Hester Grenville
Hester Stanhope, Viscountess Mahon, daughter of William and Hester Pitt
Hester Lucy Stanhope, English traveler and Arabist; daughter of Charles and Hester Stanhope; granddaughter of William and Hester Pitt
Hester Lynch Thrale, Welsh diarist
Hester Maria (Thrale) Elphinstone, Viscountess Keith, English literary correspondent; daughter of Hester Thrale
Hester Burton, English children's novelist
Hester Margaret Sainsbury, English artist, dancer and poet
Hester Maria Peirce, American lawyer and commissioner of the SEC
Hester Ashmead Davis, American archaeologist
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 Collyer/Page, character in Sir Terence Rattigan's 1952 play, The Deep Blue Sea
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' "best half-mad villainesses, homicidal keeper of Anne Silvester in her captivity," in "Man and Wife" (1870)
Hester Rose (Palmer) Crane, mother of Frasier and Niles 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
Hester St Clare aka Hassar San Kahlar, character in K.A. Barker's "The Book of Days"
Hester, angel in Erik Kripke's "Supernatural"
Hester Ulrich, character in TV Series "Scream Queens"
Hester Grey, character in Rumer Godden's " The Greengage Summer"

Hettie, Hestia, Hetti, Hetty


Dietanzerin Says:


Means "horse" in Norwegian.

Esta Nublado Says:


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:


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:


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

Michaela Says:


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

RoddyThlayli Says:


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:


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:


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:


I just think of Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter.

uesnyc Says:


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

Essa Says:


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:


Hester the jester

Nooshi Says:


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:


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