Usage English, French, Spanish, Dutch, German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Jewish, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Meaning & History
Possibly means "star" in Persian. Alternatively it could be a derivative of the name of the Near Eastern goddess ISHTAR. The Book of Esther in the Old Testament tells the story of Queen Esther, the Jewish wife of the king of Persia. The king's advisor Haman persuaded the king to exterminate all the Jews in the realm. Warned of this plot by her cousin Mordecai, Esther revealed her Jewish ancestry and convinced the king to execute Haman instead. Her original Hebrew name was Hadassah.This name has been used in the English-speaking world since the Protestant Reformation. In America it received a boost in popularity after the birth of Esther Cleveland (1893-1980), the daughter of President Grover Cleveland .
Ahasuerus and Haman at the Feast of Esther by Rembrandt (1660)
People think this name is
classic mature formal upper class natural wholesome strong refined strange serious nerdy
biblical, biblical women, books of the Bible, celestial, Charles Dickens characters, Cheers characters, goddesses, Gundam characters, history, Jane Austen characters, Louisa May Alcott characters, never out of the US top 1000, Poldark characters, queens, stars, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel characters, uncertain etymology, Vampire Diaries characters, YouTubers
Sources & References
- Evans, Cleveland Kent. The Great Big Book of Baby Names. Publications International, 2006, page 423.
Entry updated May 29, 2020