First name origin & meaning:
First name variations: Ester, Esthur, Eszter, Esta, Essie, Ettie, Hester, Hesther, Hettie
Last name origins & meanings:
- French and Jewish: metronymic from the female name
Esther, from Hebrew Ester, the name borne in the Bible
by a Jewish captive of the Persian King Ahasuerus. According to the
Biblical story, she became his favorite concubine and by her wise
persuasion managed to save the Jews of Persia from the machinations of
the royal counselor Haman. Her name is probably a derivative of
Persian esther ‘star’.
- German: habitational name from
any of various places in Bavaria named Ester.
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