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The name Ishtar is also used in the anime called "Yu-Gi-Oh" by Ishizu and Marik Ishtar.
Chandra Sri  5/13/2005
Ishtar is also the name of the main character in the manga Vampire Game.
Dark Whysper  8/21/2005
Ishtar is the vocalist from the group Alabina. Incidentally Gates of Ishtar is a heavy metal band.
― Anonymous User  3/16/2006
Ishtar is originating from Egypt.
― Anonymous User  4/14/2006
In a book by Merlin Stone called 'When God Was A Woman', Ishtar was mentioned along with Arinna, Isis & Queen Nana who were Goddesses (among others), who were known as 'Lady of the...' and Goddess of...' 'Queens of...' and known as Her (with a capital H, like the contemporary known for God is He - the male deities). The Goddesses were known from the female religion, probably more associated now with a more pagan sway of idoltry. The book tells in great detail about excavational findings, scholars, and the Judeo-Christian and Islamic teachings of the male deities, how it became and what became of the female role (so as we know it today).

Female deities were worshipped - so therefore around - thousands and thousands of years before the monotheistic religions of today. It is told as a practise that crosses continents as well. I do think it has a powerful sound to it, and I quite like it. Although I don't think I would use it.
― Anonymous User  7/18/2006
This name is pronounced easter, Ishtar is a poor transcription of Babylonion phonology.
Auriel  4/25/2007
As much as I love the way this name sounds, I think it comes off as being a bit trashy. That said, I've never met anyone with this name.
Maro  1/26/2008
Despite what a previous comment said, the name Ishtar is of Babylonian/Assyrian origin, it has not any Egyptian origin at all, although the idea of having a goddess of fertility did spread throughout surrounding countries in time.

The reason so many metal-bands have taken to the name Ishtar is probably because the goddess was transformed into a demon in the Old Testament. The political reasons for this might be debated, but Ishtar is not a demon at all but a godess worshipped by the Assyrians in the same way as Aphrodite was worshipped by the Greeks. There is nothing demonic about the nature of Ishtar, despite what the Old Testament says.

Thus, a lot of Assyrians still name their daughters Ishtar, with the thought of the name's characteristics being powerful yet loving. The "demonization" of it is something that isn't recognized in the Middle East today at all, it is something purely Western and it is quite frankly really sad that the vast majority of the world doesn't come in contact with this lovely name in any other way than through violent video games (e.g. "Ashtaroth") or hardcore music. Especially considering it's history of being one of the most important gods to the world's first civilization.
Lumos  4/17/2008
The Goddess Ishtar has been featured in many fantasy works, perhaps because of her rather alluring name. In comics Ishtar is the only prominent Goddess in Robert E. Howard's "Conan" and is the "Dancing Girl" in Neil Gaiman's Sandman. She is the Goddess of Magic in the God Storm edition of Risk.
upon_her_eyes  1/27/2009
The Japanese manga Red River/Antolia Story features a character called Ishtar by her people.
― Anonymous User  7/5/2009
I like this name. It's very beautiful. This name is a little "out there", but that's another reason why I like it.
bananarama  4/3/2010
Ishtar is the name of a 1987 movie starring Dustin Hoffman, also one of the biggest box office bombs in movie history, grossing only $14 million compared to the $55 million budget.
bibi66  3/8/2013
Ishtar is a character from Fire Emblem Genealogy of the Holy War.
― Anonymous User  11/29/2017

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