Menu

Hester

Heart
Medieval variation of Esther, Persian
"star"

Hester Origin and Meaning

The name Hester is a girl's name meaning "star".
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.

Hester Popularity

20 Names Similar to Hester

These 20 names were selected by our users that were looking for other names like Hester.

Lists containing Hester

Famous People Named Hester

  • Hester Santlow"England's first ballerina"
  • Hester Grenville1st Countess Temple, 2nd Viscountess Cobham, mother of Hester Pitt and British PM George Grenville; grandmother of PM William Grenville
  • Hester (Grenville) PittCountess of Chatham, wife of British Prime Minister William Pitt; daughter of Hester Grenville
  • Hester StanhopeViscountess Mahon, daughter of William and Hester Pitt
  • Hester Lucy StanhopeEnglish traveler and Arabist; daughter of Charles and Hester Stanhope; granddaughter of William and Hester Pitt
  • Hester Lynch ThraleWelsh diarist
  • Hester Maria (Thrale) ElphinstoneViscountess Keith, English literary correspondent; daughter of Hester Thrale
  • Hester BurtonEnglish children's novelist
  • Hester Margaret SainsburyEnglish artist, dancer and poet
  • Hester Maria PeirceAmerican lawyer and commissioner of the SEC
  • Hester Ashmead DavisAmerican archaeologist
  • Hester ChaponeEnglish author of women's conduct books

Hester in Pop Culture

  • Hester Prynnemain character in "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Hester Collyer/Pagecharacter in Sir Terence Rattigan's 1952 play, The Deep Blue Sea
  • Hester Shawcharacter in Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines series
  • Hesterdaemon in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy
  • Hester FrumpMorticia's mother on TV's "The Addams Family"
  • Hester Dethridgeone of Wilkie Collins' "best half,mad villainesses, homicidal keeper of Anne Silvester in her captivity," in "Man and Wife" (1870)
  • Hester Rose (Palmer) Cranemother of Frasier and Niles on TV's "Cheers" and "Frasier"
  • HesterSue Terhune, character on TV's 'Little House on the Prairie'
  • Hestercharacter in Soman Chainani's The School for Good and Evil series
  • Hestercharacter in "A woman called Fancy" by Frank Yerby
  • Hester Latterlycharacter in Anne Perry's William Monk series
  • Hester St Clare aka Hassar San Kahlarcharacter in K.A. Barker's "The Book of Days"
  • Hesterangel in Erik Kripke's "Supernatural"
  • Hester Ulrichcharacter in TV Series "Scream Queens"
  • Hester Greycharacter in Rumer Godden's " The Greengage Summer"