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Gender: F Meaning of Vashti: "lovely" Origin of Vashti: Persian

This Persian name with an Old Testament pedigree has a warm Sasha-like feel. The Biblical Vashti was a queen who refused her husband's orders to appear naked in front of his party guests and so was deposed in favor of Esther. For her independent spirit, Vashti has become something of a feminist icon.

Famous People Named Vashti

Vashti Cunningham, US track and field athlete specializing in the high jump
Vashti McCollum, US plaintiff in the 1948 Supreme Court case that struck down religious education in public schools
(Jennifer) Vashti Bunyan, English folk singer
Vashti Whitfield, widow of Spartacus actor Andy Whitfield
Vashtie Kola, New York DJ and music video director

Pop Culture References for the name Vashti

Vashti, "devilish" actress in Charlotte Bronte's novel 'Villette' (based on the real-life actress Rachel Félix)
Vashti, character in E.M. Forster's 'The Machine Stops'
'Vashti' (1869), novel by Augusta Jane Evans
Vashti, a rural Texan character in the 1956 film 'Giant' starring Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson
Pronounced "VASH-tye" with a long "I"