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Derived from the Hebrew word for 'secret'.
khagan  2/7/2005
The Old Testament tells us that Esther's original (Jewish) name was Hadasah. It was changed to Esther in order to fool the Persian king Antiochus (so he wouldnt know she's Jewish). That is how we know Esther is an authentic Persian-originated name. This can also provide a phonetic link between Esther and the Hebrew verb "LeHastir" (to hide) which was mentioned in the previous comment.
ishai  4/3/2005
The Persian king from the Esther story was called Achashverosh, not Antiochus. Antiochus Epiphanes is the Greek king who was defeated by the Maccabees.
Luanna  4/5/2008
I like this name. It's a biblical name and I like this girl named Esther.
― Anonymous User  11/20/2005
Setare means star in Persian, Esther does not.
― Anonymous User  12/8/2005
Esther Phillips - great soul singer.
― Anonymous User  12/13/2005
Actress Esther Williams was a famous bearer.
― Anonymous User  12/16/2005
The main character in Silvia Plath's only book, "The Bell Jar", was named Esther.
Riley115  12/29/2005
Esther is a Biblical name. Esther married Kind Xerxues. I LOVE THIS NAME!
Miamaya  3/3/2006
Actually, Esther married King Xerxes (or Ahasuerus in the Hebrew).
Wunderkind_Princess  3/4/2006
My name is Esther, I really like my name. But it is popular, I know almost 10 people named Esther. Especially, they have Christian parents or they are Christians. I can't understand why they choose this name, maybe they want to be a queen?
Esther87  3/31/2006
It's funny that you should say that, about most of the Esthers you know being Christians. My grandmother's name was Esther, and we're Jewish. Interesting.

Like I said, this was my grandmother's name, so I will only think of her when I hear this name. I really like the nickname "Estee". :3
FMRadio  5/22/2008
Well my name is Esther (in the French way (but I'm not French, well I am a French speaker but I'm Canadian)). It's a nice name I think, I have only met two others in my life with the same name as me (they were both well past 60 and for me it was a shock for I felt that my name wasn't really old, I was 6 and 12 when I met them). What I like about it is two things: first my father gave it to me (I know that's really not something really useful for you but it is important for me) and second because it's biblical (not that I care for religion so much whatsoever). It exists in almost every country in the globe(even if not so popular) so it's pretty rare that someone does not know how to pronounce it. Of course they all have their own way. Like in Denmark (where I live right now) they say it like Est-tha. I like it that way it's really nice I think.
Aendre  4/24/2006
Ooh this is my middle name and I'm ok with it but it doesn't really go with my 1st name. I mean, Laura ESTHER? COME ON!
Lala1123  6/8/2006
Pronounced eh-stehr, eh-stair.
Miss Claire  7/29/2006
The biblical Esther's original name was Hadassah, which means myrtle; does that mean Esther could also mean myrtle?
Dray  8/20/2006
In reply to Dray 8/20/2006:

Nope, Esther could have either been chosen from the goddess Ishtar (who if memory serves was worshiped in that region), and probably a common name in that area (helps hide the identity), or because of the Hebrew meaning 'to hide'. Or both. Judaism likes 'yes' as an answer to either/or.

The Hadas plant (the myrtle) is also used in Sukkot celebrations.
lilrebbitzen  6/8/2013
Esther Forbes, author of such books as "Paul Revere and the World He Lived In" and "Johnny Tremain", bears this name.
DLB  8/27/2006
Madonna took Esther as her Kabbalah name.
― Anonymous User  1/8/2007
Esther Smith is the name of Judy Garland's character in the movie Meet Me In St. Louis.
KrisMichelle  1/22/2007
Esther Summerson is a character in Charles Dicken's novel "Bleak House."
― Anonymous User  4/16/2007
Esther Turveydrop is Caddy's deaf daughter in "Bleak House" by Charles Dickens.
Kate  5/2/2007
I LOVE IT! I want my second daughter to be Esther Martha or Esther Linda, and I will call her Essie!
spaz123  8/23/2007
I have a daughter called Esther and we often shorten it to Ettie. My husband and I are Christians and we feel it is a good strong name. Our little girl certainly lives up to her name - she's very willful like her Biblical namesake!
― Anonymous User  9/1/2007
The Book of Esther in the Torah tells the story of her saving all the Jews from being killed and were able to fight back against those who tried to kill them, not that she saved some from persecution. [noted -ed]
ElizainEngland  12/2/2007
Ishtar is an Assyrian/Babylonian goddess, not Persian. [noted -ed]
Lumos  4/10/2008
'Esther' is a dramatic play in three acts, written by French playwright Jean Racine. It premiered on January 26, 1689. It remains one of Racine's lesser-known works.
AndrewJKD  4/21/2008
I don't like any names that end in -ther. I don't like the sound of that ending. Besides, the name is quite old-fashioned.
slight night shiver  5/23/2008
I LOVE this name, but I always think of crazy Aunt Esther from Sanford and Son! lol!
Jesus_Freak  7/1/2008
I love how elegant and old-fashioned this name is. For some reason, it makes me think of lace. It sounds so soft and gentle. I think it would be lovely to be named after the Biblical character Esther.
black_lace  8/19/2008
Esther Ofarim is a famous and beautiful Israeli singer. She first rose to prominence in the 1960s, singing with her then husband, as Esther and Abu Ofarim. Their songs included the hit "Cinderella Rockefella".
Jonquil  8/20/2008
The "Encyclopaedia Judaica" has this to say about the Biblical Esther: "Her real name was Hadassah, but she was called Esther by non-Jews, this being the Persian name for Venus." That was because she was so beautiful, which is what recommended her to the king in the first place, following his disillusionment with his first wife, Vashti. The Venus referred to is obviously Ishtar.
Jonquil  8/22/2008
Actor Ewan McGregor has a daughter named Esther Rose.
Lady_Skywalker  10/2/2008
I'm called Esther, and apart from being called Easter or people writing it Ester or Esta, I've generally found it a good name. There aren't many Esthers around so I've always enjoyed being the only Esther in school and stuff.

Downsides are that it isn't shortened very well, I'm not that fond of Est and Essy, and at the minute some people consider it a name their grandparents might have, not something youthful. Although I do know a few people who've recently called their babies it. It's more popular with Christians.
Shepherdess  10/11/2008
The name means something like: "me, the one that is hidden". It´s referring to God as his name doesn´t appear at all in the book ´Esther` in the Bible.
Anja  1/20/2009
Esther was the name of Fred Sanford's mother-in-law on 'Sanford and Son'.
ICEyun  2/25/2009
The name Esther in the Book of Esther in the Old Testament means hidden. Her other name, Hadassah means olive tree, because her skin was green like an olive.
― Anonymous User  3/29/2009
Esther is the name of a central character in the 2009 horror film "Orphan". The film's tagline is "There's something wrong with Esther."
Feorsteorra  8/3/2009
Esther is derived from the Persian (Farsi) word "setareh", which means both "star" and "fate". Serareh is a fairly popular as a woman's name in Iran. A notable bearer is Iranian actress Setareh Eskandari (born 1974).
― Anonymous User  12/11/2009
I have an appreciation to the biblical character Esther and really like the name. I agree with black_lace. The name does sound soft and "airy". Like a breeze or a whisper.
Milena Scialfa  12/30/2009
I think Esther is a good name for a cat.
Hushpuppy  12/2/2010
I love this! It's traditional, elegant, and royal-sounding, which it should be since the Esther in the Bible was a queen! This name is great. :P
Joy12  5/4/2011
My name is Esther, and I love it. Esther has several meanings: star, morning star (sun), and hidden. The most famous Esther is Queen Esther, born Hadassah, the heroine who helped save the Jews. Esther is noted as being the most beautiful woman in the land. Esther is also named in the Gemara as one of the four most beautiful women of all time. Esther is Persian, Hebrew, Jewish, and Biblical. My personal favorite Esther (other than the heroine) is Esther Williams, famous swimming beauty, movie actress, and singer. As mentioned above, there was a horror movie called Orphan with the tagline "There's something wrong with Esther." However, I don't want to spoil the movie, but I will say that Esther was not the character's real name: She actually took it on in order to appear innocent. Esther is a wonderful name to have and to live up to.
Loquacious  6/12/2011
Definitely a grandma's name. However, it's not that bad. I wouldn't choose it.
MyFartsSmellGood  7/2/2011
Popularity in Hungary 2008 the 8th most popular baby name.
domieszter  10/12/2011
Estelita Rodriguez is a famous bearer. Estelita Rodriguez was a Cuban-born actress who became popular in a number of Western movies, including a number of movies which starred Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.

Estelita means "little star" in Spanish.

A variation of the same name is Estrellita, which also means "little star."

I believe that both names are very pretty variations of the name Esther.
HeatherM  1/30/2012
Beautiful, unique girls name.
Amanda_M87  2/25/2012
This is my name. My dad liked the name Esther. Since I was born and raised in California (large Hispanic population), my name was frequently misspelled as "Ester".
EstherTester  3/10/2012
Esther Lofgren (born 1985 in Long Beach, California) is an American rower and Olympic gold medalist.
― Anonymous User  8/12/2012
Esther is a really pretty name! The h makes it look kind of weird, but Ester doesn't look right. A couple years ago I met a baby named Esther, and I remember thinking how ugly it was. But a lot of names have grown on me since then, this being one of them!
― Anonymous User  1/11/2013
Why on Earth would someone name their child Esther? First of all, the spelling could cause people to pronounce it "ES-ther" and not "Es-ter". Both pronunciations are horrid to say. The name Esther is also only suitable for an old woman and does not go well with anyone under 60. I think it's just an awful name, it sounds a bit odd, and it is old fashioned but not timeless.. there is nothing good about this name.
avengingangelx3  6/16/2013
There is no reference to the Finnish derivative ESSI - do you think you could rectify that? [noted -ed]
essisdaddy  7/6/2013
Can't help to think that you have to use the 'TH' sound on this name. But you don't. Just 'EST'-'HER.' Beside the biblical name is a very classic name. It reminds me of the Asian comedian on Girl Code named Esther Kuu.
CathyE521  11/19/2013
Esther is the name of the pretty, strong, and rebellious Amish girl on the reality show "Amish Mafia".
― Anonymous User  11/27/2013
A splendid name for a woman. "Hester" is a nice variant, too. =)
― Anonymous User  4/20/2014
Quite aside from the fact that I love the story of Queen Esther, I just love the sound of this name. It's soft and feminine, but still has a strength to it. It's beautiful and definitely one of my top choices.
roseandheather  7/31/2014
Esther Summerson is the main character of Charles Dickens' 1852 novel, 'Bleak House'.
Feorsteorra  9/9/2014
Esther Grace Earl; the author of This Star Won't Go Out, the creator of Esther Day, and the girl that The Fault In Our Stars was dedicated to.
dftba  12/28/2014
My good friend spells her name Ester, I prefer it that way because
Esther- Can be mistakenly pronounced Es-TH-er
Ester- Always pronounced Es-T-er :-)
Calling MY future child's middle name Ester :)
kelly0614  8/2/2015
This is my name and I love it! I have only met one other Esther, plus it's got a great meaning. (Star, hidden.) It sounds soft yet strong, in my opinion.
Essiefaith  8/26/2015
It's my best friend's name and I like it. Both its sound and its meaning. As a nickname we call our friend Estie. She loves her name too. Though she absolutely hates when someone mistakenly calls her Estera.
Stasiya  10/6/2015
Esther is the creepy girl in Orphan.
― Anonymous User  11/15/2015
I love the name Esther! I wish it could be my name. I think it's really pretty and should be more popular.
randomstorywriter  11/15/2015
Definitely a black woman's name. Can't picture it on a white woman.
TyrannosaurusRegina  11/26/2015
I real like the name Esther. It sounds unique.
BerryRose  12/3/2015
Is it weird that I'm starting to really love this name? Used to think of it as a grandma name... but it's fresh to me now.
Alexandra0823  12/25/2015
The name is also used in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and Germany. [noted -ed]
jegharenbumsipanden  3/22/2016
Esther Blanchett is one of the main characters in the gothic vampire series Trinity Blood.
Mythology1  3/23/2016
My name is Eszter and I'm Hungarian. My father named me after my great-grand mother. I think it was more popular earlier. I know only one person called Eszter. I don't think it is a nice name but I get on well with it. By the way, some call me Eszti as a nickname. I like that it is written and pronounced differently than in other languages.
retzse  5/12/2016
Old-fashioned and nice... I prefer Hester. And somehow I can only think of how humorous it'd be to use it as Polly's middle name. ;p.
IEnjoyTonsOGoodNames  7/7/2016
Esther has such a strong, understated sweetness about it. It's a beautiful name with a lot of meaning and history! And I think it could suit almost anyone.
yasmine  7/24/2016
Does anyone know if there is an Arabic version of this name? I would think Arabic Jews would have a version of this name for their daughters.
webbess10  11/2/2016
Sorry, but all I can think of is 'Hello, my name is Esther.'
― Anonymous User  12/2/2016
Esther Arroyo is a Spanish actress and model. She was Miss Spain 1990. Since winning the Miss Spain contest she appeared in many TV programs as a host and collaborator She also acted in many TV series, her most famous role was playing Ali in Periodistas from 1998 to 2002.
cutenose  1/17/2017
Esther Hicks is an American inspirational speaker and author. She has co-written nine books with her husband Jerry Hicks, presented numerous workshops on the law of attraction with Abraham Hicks Publications and appeared in the original version of the 2006 film The Secret.[1] The Hicks' books, including the series The Law of Attraction, are — according to Esther Hicks — "translated from a group of non-physical entities called Abraham." Hicks describes what she is doing as tapping into "infinite intelligence".
lilolaf  2/1/2017
Esther Elizabeth Rolle was an American actress. She is best known for her role as Florida Evans, on the CBS television sitcom Maude for two seasons (1972–1974) and its spin-off series Good Times for five seasons (1974–77, 1978–79).
cutenose  2/3/2017
Esther Fernández was a Mexican film and television actress. She was one of the first female major stars of the "Golden Age of Mexican cinema" in the 1930s and 1940s.
lilolaf  5/1/2017
Esther Ku is a Korean-American stand-up comedian, television personality, and actress. Ku is a cast member on the MTV show Girl Code and Wild 'N Out. Ku is a comedian who frequently appeared on the Opie and Jim Norton Show on Sirius XM Radio. Ku was chosen as one of the ten best comedians for the 2006 NBC Stand-up for Diversity Showcase in New York City. Ku has also been a featured regular performer in the Boston International Comedy Festival and the New York Underground Festival.
lilolaf  5/1/2017
Esther is also aisling in Irish which also translates to eiru and erin as in eire. I am in Ireland and deep deep into celtic mytholgy.
Essie lou  5/12/2017
Esther Eng was a Chinese–American film director and the first female director to direct Chinese-language films in the United States. Eng made four feature films in America and five in Hong Kong. She was recognized as a female pioneer who crossed the boundaries of race, language, culture and gender. Eng died of cancer at the age of 55 in January, 1970.
cutenose  6/1/2017
Esther is the name of one of my characters, she goes by Es.
― Anonymous User  6/6/2017
Esther Grace Earl was an American author, internet vlogger, online personality and a Nerdfighter, as well as an activist in the Harry Potter Alliance. Prior to her death from cancer in 2010, Earl became friends with author John Green, who credited her for inspiring him to complete the novel that became 2012 bestseller The Fault in Our Stars. In 2014, Earl's writings were compiled and released as the book This Star Won't Go Out, which appeared in 2014 on the New York Times bestseller list for young adult books.
cutenose  6/12/2017
Esther Ijewere-Kalejaiye is a Nigerian author, advocate, women and girl child's rights activist and a columnist for The Guardian. A graduate of Sociology from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria, Ijewere-Kalejaiye is the founder of Rubies Ink Initiative for Women and Children, an umbrella organization which covers several women and girl child-related projects including Walk Against Rape, Women of Rubies, Project Capable, Rubies Ink Media and the College Acquaintance Rape Education Workshop. In 2013, her activism against rape led her to write the book Breaking the Silence, a book that informs about rape and its scourge. Her contributions to the Nigerian society has been recognized by several institutions and governmental parastatal. On 9 July 2016, she was awarded the “Young Person of the Year Award” at the 2016 Miss Tourism Nigeria beauty pageant. She is also a recipient of Wise Women Awards' "Christian Woman in Media Award" which she won in June 2016. Ijewere-Kalejaiye is married with two children.
cutenose  6/15/2017
I really like how it sounds. Although, I'd recommend spelling it like "Ester" if you live somewhere where people speak English, because they would pronounce it mistakenly like "ES-TH-ER"... which is nice, but I'm not sure is correct.
― Anonymous User  6/19/2017
Esther Cañadas is a Spanish actress and model. Originally, Cañadas wanted to pursue a career as a criminologist, but her mother persuaded her to give modeling a try.
cutenose  6/27/2017
Esther Zaied, better known by her married name Esther Ofarim, is an Israeli international singer. She came second in the Eurovision Song Contest 1963 with the song "T'en vas pas", representing Switzerland. After marrying Abi Ofarim and for a full decade in the 1960s, she was half of the singing husband and wife duo, Esther & Abi Ofarim. After they divorced, the duo broke up and she undertook a successful solo career.
lilolaf  6/27/2017
Esther Shimazu is an American sculptor who was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1957. Her grandparents were immigrant laborers from Japan. She attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa before transferring to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Art in 1980 and a Master of Fine Art in 1982.
cutenose  6/27/2017
Esther Wong was a Chinese-American restaurant owner and music promoter, called the "Godmother of Punk" in Los Angeles, California. She was born in Shanghai, China, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1949.
lilolaf  6/27/2017
Esther Kwan was born on July 16, 1964 in Hong Kong. She is an actress, known for Run and Kill, Shen si guan fan an and Qing feng xia. She has been married to Nick Cheung since December 8, 2003. They have one child.
cutenose  6/27/2017
Esther Kia'āina is an American politician who heads the Office of Insular Affairs as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas. Esther Kia'āina was born in Guam to parents Lorelei Haunani Kia'āina and Melvin Leialoha Kia'āina. Before she was born, her parents left Hawaii due to her father being stationed in Guam while serving in the U.S. Navy. Kia'āina moved to Oahu in 1978, graduating from Kamehameha Schools in 1981.
cutenose  6/27/2017
Esther Cardoso is a Cuban film and theater actress, producer, director and educator. Cardoso was a professor of literature at Central University of Las Villas. In 1977, she went to the Instituto Superior de Arte. She holds a doctorate in Stage Arts. Cardoso was a co-founder of two of Cuba's leading theater companies, Teatro Buendia and Argos Teatro. She has taught at the Instituto Superior de Arte and has given numerous workshops in Cuba, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, England, Germany and Australia. As a director, she has staged important shows, fusing genres and making use of diverse artistic strands.
cutenose  6/27/2017
Esther Chae is a Korean-American actress and writer. Chae has appeared in numerous television shows such as NCIS, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, The West Wing, The Shield, and ER. She has also performed on theater stages including Yale Repertory Theater, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, Mark Taper Forum/ Kirk Douglas Theater, East West Players, P.S. 122, and Harvard/American Repertory Theater. Chae was among the inaugural class of TED fellows in 2009. She wrote and performed in So The Arrow Flies, an 80-minute one-woman performance about a North Korean spy and the FBI agent that hunts her down. It touches on post-9/11 themes of terrorism, political ideology, national identity and mother-daughter relationships.
lilolaf  6/30/2017
Esther Victoria Abraham, better known by her stage name Pramila, was an Indian model, actress and first woman film producer in the Hindi film industry. She is also well known for winning the first Miss India pageant in 1947.
lilolaf  7/4/2017
Esther Elizabeth Rolle was a Bahamian American actress. Rolle is best known for her role as Florida Evans, on the CBS television sitcom Maude for two seasons and its spin-off series Good Times for five seasons for which Rolle was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy in 1976.
cutenose  7/15/2017
Esther Wanjiru Mwikamba was a Kenyan woman who died on March 20, 2012 following a coma state since February 18, 2012 when she was brutally assaulted for questioning the molestation of her friend, while she with her friends were leaving a night club in Dubai.
lilolaf  7/15/2017
Princess Esther Kamatari is a writer, model, and exiled Burundian princess. Esther Kamatari grew up in Burundi as a member of the royal family. She was educated at l'Ecole Nationale d'Administration du Burundi. Following independence in 1962, the king was overthrown in a military coup d'état, and the monarchy abolished in 1966. Kamatari fled the country in 1970 after her father's assassination and settled in Paris, where she became a model. An attempt to re-establish the kingdom ended with the murder of King Ntare V in 1972.
lilolaf  7/18/2017
Esther "Etty" Hillesum was the author of confessional letters and diaries which describe both her religious awakening and the persecutions of Jewish people in Amsterdam during the German occupation. In 1943 she was deported and killed in Auschwitz concentration camp.
lilolaf  8/4/2017
My kitty cat was named Esther. She was a sweet little cat.
Esther isn't too overused. I like the spelling "E-s-t-e-r" better so as to not pronounce it wrong.
It's a very nice name. :)
LorenzosOil  9/21/2017
I don’t know of any English speaker who would not know how to correctly pronounce this. Maybe a child, but once you know that sometimes “th” can make the “t” sound, and that such is the case with this name, it’s not a problem. Plus, it’s not like it’s a rare, unusual name.
Morgan1599  12/2/2017
I love this name, especially the spelling! It's very symmetrical!
XYKLONE  3/16/2018
Sounds like either the name of a crazy old lady or something that extremist Christians would name their baby to show how much better they feel than everyone else. I absolutely hate the name Esther.
sunflower18  5/14/2018

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