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

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.

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Hettie, Hestia, Hetti, Hetty


ParanoidAndroid Says:


I don’t mind it. Hessie or Hess makes a cute nickname too, as long as Hessie and “hussy” aren’t interchanged. I find it weird how Hester was used for boys occasionally until the 1910s, even barely entering the top 1000 for two years from 1900 to 1901.

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.