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The name Hadas: the meaning is: "Myrtle Tree" that is blessed for one week, each year, by the Jewish religious people on their holiday Succot. It's a little different than Hadassah, and it's a common name in the Jewish culture.
hadas  4/3/2005
I know a girl with this name, only she spells it Hadessa. I have to say, though, I like Hadassah better.
― Anonymous User  10/9/2005
Hadas means myrtle tree. Hadassah means compassion, hence the women's charity in Israel, Hadassah. Usually adding the -ah would mean a female myrtle tree, but this is a separate case. The -ah changes the meaning entirely. Hadassah, meaning compassion, is a lovely name.
Yahalome  1/2/2006
I love the name Myrtle, but I know a lot of people find it ugly. Hadassah is a bit "prettier" and means the same thing, so I like it.
Belldandy  1/23/2006
Pronounced hah-dah-sah.
Miss Claire  7/29/2006
This is my Hebrew middle name. It's quite lovely. (:
1crzychick  10/14/2007
She is my hero! She was so brave. In the BIBLE!
IAmTabby  3/12/2008
The Russian name, Dasha, is very close to Dassah, the short form for Hadassah. There used to be many Jewish people in Russia and the rest of the then Soviet Union until, probably, the 1917 revolution. Since then, I think, people in the then Soviet Union (and the countries that it was composed of) had grown so nationalist from communism and global technological competitiveness, that they had grown very racist, as well.
Perhaps this is what sparked the name to be changed into 'Dasha', which is now like a nickname for 'Dariya/Darya/Daria/Darja/Darija' in some places, for some people.
S3AQu33N  8/2/2008
Hadassah has nothing whatsoever to do with the Russian name Dasha (as another user stated), because it's a diminutive of Darya. It's very stupid to actually relate these names together since Jewish names have nothing to do with Russian names especially if they are Jewish biblical names.
― Anonymous User  10/1/2009
Another diminutive form that we used for our daughter was Hadi.
Tannalas  8/21/2011
Hadassah is the name of the name of the Women's Zionist Organization of America. It has over 300,000 members, making it the largest Jewish organization in the United States and one of the largest women's organizations in the world.
humblebee  12/26/2011
In Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion Series, Hadassah is the name of one of the main characters, a Jewish maidservant in a Roman household.
Brandi not Brandy  1/18/2012
Hebew name of Esther. Why not name the person Esther?
SEC908  10/7/2012
SEC908, the description is a little vague on the origin of the name. Hadassah is a Jewish woman in the Bible who is sent to become the wife of the Persian king. The king cannot know that she is Jewish, so she takes on the Persian name Esther. Eventually, in order to save the other Jews in the kingdom, she must reveal that she is Jewish.

So, to answer your question, a person might pick Hadassah over Esther because Hadassah is the woman's true name, not her assimilated fake name.
MoonAgeDaydreamer  7/28/2013
I like Hadassah and Esther.
SEC908  2/15/2013
I took note and special interest in the name Hadassah the first day I came across it in the Bible. I am very happy God gave me a daughter that I named Hadassah three months ago.
Emmanuelbola  7/14/2015
My name is Adassa. I love the name and I can relate to mayn different interpretations of the name. It is the name of a female who loves family, protective of those she loves, compassionate about social justice and community. I have grown into it. It is an old Jamaican name but some West Africans recognize it also. It is a strong name for strong female Empresses. God bless the lady who named her child Hadassah a few years ago.
Adassa  1/27/2016
My name is Hadassah. The name Hadassah comes from the book of Esther in the Bible. Esther was a queen. She got chosen to be the queen by the king out of thousands of other girls, that's why she is called the chosen one. Queen Esther was known for her likeliness, prettiness, compassion, courage and obedience; as said in the Bible. The name Hadassah also means myrtle tree; everlasting. Queen Esther's Hebrew name was Hadassah. Personally, my mother didn't want to name me Esther because she wanted me to have more of a unique name. In Israel, the name Hadassah is actually very common, but in America and Europe it is not as popular, which is quite sad. But personally, I love my name!
1hadassahrocks  3/3/2016
I thought that Hadassah means star? The way it was explained to me the reason that Esther took that name was because it had the same meaning as her Jewish name. Either way, I love the name. I want to name my baby Hadassah.
MynameisHosanna  6/30/2016
I've always loved this name and our next child, if a girl, will be named Hadassah. I loved looking up the instances of myrtle trees in the Bible - always a positive or blessing.
― Anonymous User  6/25/2017
I love this name. When I was a teenager, I read the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers and fell in love with the name Hadassah. I also loved that it was Queen Esther's original name. The name is strong and graceful. I held onto it for many years as a name I would want a daughter to have, then 2 years ago I gave birth to a little girl and named her Hadassah. We have received many positive reactions when we tell people her name. I will always probably call her just Hadassah, but some cute nicknames are Dassah, Dassi, and Haddi.
Emunah  9/26/2017
Hadassah is very popular in orthodox Jewish circles. Lots of Hadassah's go by the nickname "Dassi".
Prime Meridian  4/19/2018
Hadassah sounds beautiful and strong.
And it has a rich history, I think I'm going to name my unborn child this.
Mvuyomvis2  5/7/2018

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