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This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Esther in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Esther:

  • Records indicate that 246,020 girls in the United States have been named Esther since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1918, when 6,577 people in the U.S. were given the name Esther. Those people are now 102 years old.

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    Comments about the name Esther

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      28 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Ester, without the 'h' as it's the Estonian spelling. I've always loved my name and as it's not a very common name in Australia it's always exciting meeting other Esters. My only issue is no one spells it my way and sometimes people let me know that I spell my name wrong." Jul. 19, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've been an Esther for 49 years.....when I was at school I always wanted to be the same as the others but now as an adult I'm delighted not to be plain Jane, Julie, Tracey etc.....there wasn't many Esther's around but there seems to be more now and not so does get spelt wrong buy hey that's no big deal!" Nov. 2, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My great-aunt LaVern had Ester as her middle name and LaVern means "springlike" and Ester means "star" and she was a neat lady!" Nov. 29, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Most awesome name ever. Yea some people spell it without da h but I love it. It sounds elegant and a lot of people like the name" Apr. 14, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Esther and so many people spell it Ester or call it EsTHer which I hate, sometimes when I say it's spelled with an H they think it's Eshter SO annoying!" Mar. 20, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named Esther after my great, great grandmother. As a very little girl, I hated it and thought it sounded "scratchy". It didn't take long for me to grow to love my name and appreciate its beauty and uniqueness. It's a solid, strong, yet feminine name with significant meaning from the Bible. I get compliments on my name everywhere I go. My family calls me Essie, Es, and Hadassah for some of my many nicknames. It gets misspelled as Ester which makes me bonkers, and some people pronounce it improperly as EsTHer, but I wouldn't trade my name for anything else. I hope the name doesn't ever become too popular because I enjoy being the only Esther many people know. ;)" Jan. 1, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "honestly, i've only begun to like it until today. my name is esther and i think even though it sounds kind of blunt and unattractive at first it you think about it more it's very powerful and intelligent. There's a queen named Esther who saved her people from destruction or something. also i like the fact it's not cookie cutter name and it's very old, and there's some lasting beauty to it that can't be seen at first. I mean, names like Michelle? C'mon. i also like the fact that's there's some masculinity in it." Jan. 2, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Esther, here is not very popular, i am from Spain and I love it, because the meaning is Star, and people in Europe knows the name, so i have never had a problem with it. I love it" Dec. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is also Esther, I'm 47 years old and just recently started being OK with it (always felt it was an old lady's name) Some people do spell it without the "h" to which I always reply without an H I'm just an alcohol. Might be age but the older I get the more I like my name. Maybe it is supposed to be an old lady's name" Nov. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter aged 5 is called Esther. She has no problem spelling it! Of course, we love it. It is traditional but unusual. There are no other Esther's in her class. And Esther's are such strong women that I aspire her to become (though she was actually more named through Dickens than the Bible. There were mixed reactions in the family when we named her. My hated it at the time, although has since warmed to it of course. She even admitted that she was pleased we had called her Esther after she heard that one of her friends grandchild was called ocean." Aug. 14, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "HI, My name is Esther and I am not old. I think the name Esther is quite popular in many countries besides the USA and I guess the reason is, that people in the US are maybe not as educated and prefer names like Cindy or Jennifer. I would say there are no good or bad names, it always depends on what people like :-)" Jun. 29, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Esther and I love it! It is unique and the Book of Esther is my favorite biblical story. "Esther" is understood to mean "hidden" in Hebrew (origins), because according to the Book of Esther, her identity was hidden, as was Gd's presence. I'm proud of a name so mysterious and unique and beautiful!" May. 9, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like it now, though most of us who bear it are old ladies. When young, I used to flirt with the idea of changing it to Estera or Astaire, but am glad I didn't. Poorly educated people never know how to spell it, but that gives the name a certain exoticism! I like the Queen Esther story, and writers Dickens, Henry Adams,Balzac, Racine & Plath have created memorable Esthers" Mar. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names Esther and i used to hate my name because people always used to miss the H in my name and give me silly nicknames like easter or pester but i have finally come to love my name because it's so unique and beautiful :)" Nov. 21, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have finally come to love my name but it took until I was nearly 30. It is nearly always misspelled and people who have never heard my name before think that I have said Heather and once in a loud club someone thought I said Oscar! crazy right! If I am someplace loud I just say my name is E, Es or EJ (then I get called DJ-ah I just can't win) I would never trade my name now, I love being unique." Nov. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Caroline Esther, 'Caroline', meaning beautiful, and 'Esther', meaning star. It's an elegant combination. I wish people would naming their kids meaningless chic names." Aug. 31, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I LOVE my name! my name is Esther and i totally love it! everyone always spells it without the h.i hate when they write ester. but i love it." Aug. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I used to hate being called Esther when i was little and they called me easter in kindergarden but im 17 now and Ive actually never met anyone with my name in person, I love it a lot and am really proud of it, Its who I am and will never change it, there are some annoying things about it but that comes with all names its just all about who you are inside and if you accept that then youll love eveything about yourself." May. 4, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Esther. I LOVE my name. I think that it's really cool 'cos it means star. ALOT of people I know spell my name without the "h". Seriously!! Esther is in the bible!! You people who still don't know how to spell it really need to read the bible!!" Mar. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Esther. I'm from Malaysia. People always spell and say my name wrongly. It's in the bible. Do some good reading up ya." Jul. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Esther is a great girl and was a great queen.just want to share my thoughts!" May. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my name... and I know like 5 persons called Esther" Dec. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hehehe, my name is Esther. I always hated (and still do) the fact that people spell my name wrong. I used to hate my name, since when I wanted to buy something with a persons name on it, I could never find it. But now, I really like my name. I only know 4 people who are also name Esther." Sep. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am naming my daughter esther - due in three months. I have known two people with the name. I think it is a really pretty name." Jul. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name so much! I always think of Barbra Streisand's character in a star is born, BTW, great movie. I'd love to be named Esther." Jun. 30, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We just named our baby girl Esther in 2004. WE LOVE IT! Beautiful & unique." Aug. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Personally I like it, but it is a little stuffy for a young girl. Maybe the derivative Stella could be used as an alternative or as a temporary nickname." Jul. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name esther, its different but not to differnet so people have heard it before, everyone spells it ester which is very anoying but i get used to it." Feb. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      4 Negative Comments

  • "I am an "Esther" and I absolutely hate it! To me, it's boring, ugly, old-fashioned, and some people can't pronounce or spell it properly. It sounds awkward and it really doesn't suit me. I still feel uncomfortable when it's spoken aloud. Awful!" Aug. 15, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 13 years old girl and my name is Ester. Ester, not Esther. I know, it may sound weird, but I'm from Estonia and in here, it isn't weird. Name "Ester" or "Esther" isn't really popular, but that is the greatest part. In Estonia are a lot of names like Anni(Annie in English) and Liis or Katrin or something. Some stupid children call me stupid names but I don't care. I still like my name. By the way, I know one actress, who is 19 years old and her name is Ester too." Jan. 24, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Esther and I hate it. Everyone says its an old lady name. Its annoying. I've always wanted to change it" Dec. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Does not do well as a little girls name Im growing into now, at 30. Why does everyone spell it wrong?" Aug. 11, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      25 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Esther, but I only ever use it on official documents and I've been going by Tess since birth I used to hate it when I was younger and got the teasing name of 'Es-THer' from a close friend but I actually quite like the name, however I only ever introduce myself as Tess (though that might come from knowing that Esther WAS my name until I was 12. Advice to parents: if you give your kid a nickname then not call them by anything but that nickname, let them know it's not their official name! It's irritating!)" Oct. 31, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "A lot of people say the Esther is a old fashion name but i loveeeeee it i am also Esther and i think its very unique ,beautiful, and elagent i would never change my name!" Aug. 11, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I don't mind that Esther sounds like an old lady name. I mind it that when I was named Esther, it was very unoriginal. Whenever most Koreans Christians come to America and have kids, they pick a biblical name. So there are many Esther Kim Esther Park Esther Lee etc. I get sick of being lost in a group of Korean Americans with a very unoriginal name. I blame the bible." Oct. 11, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Esther n proud of it. I love this name as it means a star which i believe has inspired me to be one.i hate it when people write it down as ester or even worse easter...people call me Essy or Estie as my nickname." Sep. 8, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Esther i lyk d name cos its unique and since d biblical Esther was a strong woman i also see myself lyk dat.Some of my pals call me Hadassah for fun." Aug. 29, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Esther, and i love my name very much.At times people misspel it without the 'h' and its annoying.I often look my name as a beautiful star,and like a respected woman in tha bible.I love it and yah its unique:-)" Aug. 24, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Esther and i like that its unique but i have always wanted to change it to a nickname, but there are not any proper nicknames for Esther and when i try and get anyone to call me even Essie or Hettie they just laugh and say you will always be Esther and they won't and thats very annoying so no i dont like the name." Oct. 30, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love it! and am def. going to name my little girl this in the future if God permmits me to have one in the near future. I am a christian and that has always been one of my all time favorite book in the bible!" Oct. 29, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Esther and I have grown to love it over the years (44) I wouldn't want to be a plain old Jane! I think it will become popular again..........." Apr. 8, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im 30 and ive always loved my name. People i meet have always said its different and interesting and people call me "star" for short. I like how its origins are linked to powerful beautiful women, Queen Esther chosen and favoured for her beauty and faith, the name Esther is supposed to have come from the babylonian goddess Ishtar, who was the goddess of love, fertility, war and sex. They say Esther meaning "a star" was named because she was as beautiful as the morning and evening star (venus) roman goddess of love." Mar. 27, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Esther. I trully love my name. Am 28yrs n sometimes people just call me Essie or Essy. I dont mind" Feb. 20, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Esther Elizabeth, and I'm thinking about changing it. I'm 38, and I've never cared for how it sounds when people say it nor having to explain how to spell it. Some people pronounce it Es"th"er. I meet a lot of people through my work and would like to have a name that I feel good about saying." Dec. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Esther and am from kenya. I totally love my name.Its Syro-Arabian modification of the persian word satarah which means a star.My pals call me Essie or simply name makes me feel like a star." Oct. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi my name is Esther. My mother name is Ester. When I was small I use to be call Esther ;I have a nickname too at ChaChi. As I got big I like it.I think it is a nice name and at from the bible too." Jun. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My middle name is Esther. My first name is Sara and even though my first name is extremely common and my middle is fairly rare, I think in a weird way they fit together well. "Sara Esther"... I don't know. I was named after my grandmother Esther. I don't tell many people, so it's kind of my own secret name. lol. But you're right, most people can't spell it right. On another note, a pretty nickname for Esther is "Essie". I think it would work for a little girl and then she can grow into "Esther" later. What do you think?" Dec. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yes, I'm also Esther and I LOVE my name! I love it now (at 26)and when I was growing up because its unique and no one else I knew had it.I wouldn't want any other name or spelling. It is misspelled often... I had an experience once where a person kept insisting that 'Ester' sounds/looks better and kept writing it without the 'h'... but misselling it on a dimlopa? (as someone mentioned below)thats terrible. People should start reading the Bible more often." Sep. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "hi!name my is esther,i love the name but most people spell it without the "h"some spell it esta or ester it anoying but i get used to it." Sep. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is esther and of course everyone spells it wrong even on my high school diploma(its in the bible people) but it is okay its a little harsh for me at 19 but I LOVE IT" May. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is a wonderful name, Esther is a wonderful girl and was a mighty gueen." May. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Its spelt without the 'h' in spanish. I like the meanings of the name, and the story of Esther in the Bible but I think it sounds a little boring." May. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Esther.I know about two people named Esther." Dec. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sister is called Esther-Joy..I think it is such a beautiful name!!" Aug. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is a good simple name. Which in the Bible has a character called Esther and she is the one that I always look up to in my life. She is beautiful, intelligent and a heart for God." Nov. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name its different and when someone calls my name i no its me unlike a usual name like emma or laura" Oct. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my sisters name is esther. most of the time people spell it without the "h" some people pronounce it esta. lucky for her she has nicknames" Jun. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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