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Usage: English (Puritan, Rare)

Hester Prynne is a young Puritan woman who was forced to wear a scarlet "A" on her chest after refusing to reveal the identity of the man who fathered her child. [noted -ed]
RHAWK3935  8/30/2019
Hester Sherwood is one of the four female characters in Alma De Groen's 2002 play WICKED SISTERS. She is an active and clever computer scientist, feminist and environmentalist who ends up surviving as a cleaner. She has been played by Valerie Bader, Kris McQuade and Jude Parry.
Harmonide  3/31/2019
One of the Three Witches of Room 66 in the School for Good and Evil Series is named Hester. She’s one of my favorite characters in the series so this name has a positive connotation for me.
― Anonymous User  3/28/2019
I like Hester, Ester, and Esther - they’re very elegant and resilient-sounding.
― Anonymous User  11/18/2018
In 2018, 87 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Hester who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 2, 949th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/12/2018
Anyone who thinks of Hester and/or Esther as unisex names has more than one screw loose in their noggin. I like both names although Hester sounds more like it belongs to the past.
― Anonymous User  10/2/2018
It's not very pretty, and I dislike the association with The Scarlet Letter. Esther is much, much prettier.
kayisforkeen  8/13/2018
I knew a Hester once. Personally I wouldn't consider this name for my child, but I think it's a beautiful name for a 40-50 year old strong willed, important African American woman (think 'Hidden Figures')
Katesnames15  4/21/2017
Lady Hester Stanhope was a British socialite, adventurer and traveler. Her archaeological expedition to Ashkelon in 1815 is considered the first modern excavation in the history of Holy Land archeology. Her use of a medieval Italian document is described as "one of the earliest uses of textual sources by field archaeologists".
lilolaf  2/2/2017
Very lovely name... only for girls.
IEnjoyTonsOGoodNames  7/7/2016
I hate it on boys, yet love it on girls.
Eileen1209864  6/25/2016
Hester is an anagram of Esther.
Jghazt333  1/22/2016
Ugly ugly ugly name.
― Anonymous User  11/20/2014
Can't decide if I like this or not... On one hand, it sounds like a boy's name (probably because of Devon Hester of the Chicago Bears) but on the other it sounds like an interesting yet underrated girl's name. But it really does remind me of the Scarlett letter, and I've never even read that book.
― Anonymous User  1/28/2013
Hester Collyer is one of the main characters in the film The Deep Blue Sea, which is based on a play by Terence Rattigan.
Lady_Skywalker  1/15/2013
In a hypothetical world where associations mean nothing, Hester Guinevere as a combination would be amazing.
vomiting  3/14/2011
I love this name! It has a lovely soft H in front of it. :) My great-grandmother's name was Hester Jane, which I think is a very beautiful name.
Alie.Meilian  2/18/2011
Seriously - how could anyone, after reading The Scarlet Letter, NOT like this name? It's a little old-fashioned, but certainly not hopeless. Hester Prynne had a lot of guts - and after a generation of Tiffanys, Jessicas, and Madisons, America definitely needs an influx of gutsier, stronger girls' names!
kkgnoise  2/2/2011
I like the meaning of "star", but like Esther, it has a very harsh, dry sound. I can't imagine it on a little girl, just on grandmothers.
― Anonymous User  3/6/2009
It's prettier than Esther, and it doesn't sound as old-fashioned and so much like the name of some old, unattractive woman. This is one of the few names ending in -er that sound feminine, yet the name isn't too girly. The problem is that it kind of makes me think of a horse because of the Swedish word for 'horse', 'häst', which is pronounced ''HEST''. Besides, I wouldn't want the name of my child to be a variant of any name with a religious background.
slight night shiver  6/1/2008
I prefer this to Esther. I really do. Esther sounds like a word to me, Hester doesn't (although it means "horses" in Swedish or what was it?).
LoQuiero  5/16/2008
I'm sure this name is unisex. There was a C19 American politician called Hestor L. Stevens and I've seen a male bearer of this name in some other fiction. I do prefer it with an O and for a guy.
SongsOfDragons  5/5/2008
Means "horses" in Norwegian.
― Anonymous User  3/30/2008
I'm rather fond of Hester -- furthermore, Hetty's a darling nickname.
Wordsmith  2/28/2008
Hester (Hetty) Sorrel is a character in George Eliot's novel "Adam Bede."
Kate  11/16/2007
Sounds a bit mannish to me. I'd never use it for a child of mine. However, Esther is pretty and feminine.  9/5/2007
I really don't like this name. It's sounds so harsh and cold to me. I much prefer the (sort of) similar Hestia.
Calla Rose  7/30/2007
I don't really like this name. It sounds a bit un-feminine to me. Esther is better though.  7/25/2007
Hester is a character in Philip Pullman's book, 'Northern Lights' (released as 'The Golden Compass' in the United States). She is the 'daemon' (external anima) of the Texan balloonist, Lee Scoresby, and takes the form of a hare.
Elspeth  5/15/2007
Hester is one of the main characters in Philip Reeves Mortal Engines quartet.
Luangi  4/29/2007
Hester is not medieval. It is the Greek variant of Esther and means "star." Probably related to Hesperus which is the evening star.
― Anonymous User  2/5/2007
It IS medieval; it's the medieval version of the older name.
― Anonymous User  4/23/2007
Hester Worsley is a character in Oscar Wilde's play "A Woman Of No Importance".
dollrock  10/17/2006
Hester Moore is the name of a character in Libba Bray's novel, A Great and Terrible Beauty.
websurfer  6/17/2006
This name is unigue, different and odd. Odd meaning a very good way. Hester is a pretty name. You don't hear it often. What the world needs is more unigue names, like this one!
Miamaya  6/7/2006
Hester Prynne is the main character of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic, "The Scarlet Letter".
Sedalyn  11/30/2005
Hester has also been used in North America to create a new name. The name derived from Hester is Hessy. It comes from people shortening the name of Hester to just Hes in an affectionate manner. Later some people have adjusted the affectionate form of Hes to Hessy.
― Anonymous User  9/13/2005

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