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Origin: Persian
Meaning: A Star

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Hester

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

A few facts about the girl's name Hester:

  • Records indicate that 12,741 girls in the United States have been named Hester since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1918, when 394 people in the U.S. were given the name Hester. Those people are now 102 years old.

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      1 Positive Comment

  • "Also a very pretty, old-fashioned version of the Biblical name Esther." Jun. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "Parents naming their child Hester should be reported to Childrens Services...why unecessarily negatively stigmatize a child?" May. 20, 2020: Report as inappropriate

      1 Neutral Comment

  • "A medieval English version of Esther, with which it was for a while interchangeable although they are generally regarded as two separate names - and no wonder, for sadly the reputation of this version of the name has now forever been ruined by its association with the fictional Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 novel 'The Scarlet Letter'. But I do think that the original Biblical name Esther and Esther alone, having steered clear of these associations, is due for a comeback, whereas I don't think there'll ever be another generation of Hesters." Feb. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

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