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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).
-- Ailis  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

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