User comments for Esther (Meaning / History Only)

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
Setare means star in Persian, Esther does not.
― Anonymous User  12/8/2005
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
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
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
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 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

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