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

The name Vashti is a girl's name of Persian origin meaning "lovely". Vashti and is often added to lists like Baby Names That Mean Beautiful and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Vashti

Vashti, biblical Persian Queen who refused to appear nude in front of her husband at a party
Vashti Bartlett (1873-1969), US nurse who served with the American Red Cross during World War I, and in Siberia and Manchuria after the war
(Jennifer) Vashti Bunyan (b. 1945), English folk singer-songwriter
Vashti Clarke, Jamaican model, actress and entrepreneur
Vashti Cunningham (b. 1998), US track and field athlete specializing in the high jump
Vashti McCollum (1912-2006) the plaintiff in the landmark 1948 Supreme Court case McCollum v. Board of Education, which struck down religious education in public schools
Vashtie Kola (often stylized as Va$htie), US music video director, filmmaker, artist, designer, creative consultant and disc jockey
Vashti Murphy McKenzie (b. 1947), bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
Vashti Whitfield, widow of Spartacus actor Andy Whitfield

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"