First name origin & meaning:
Greek: Traveler; wisdom
First name variations: Nesta, Nest
Last name origins & meanings:
- Irish (Munster): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an
Adhastair, formerly Mac Girr an Adhastair, a patronymic
from a byname meaning ‘short man of the halter’.
- Humanistic Dutch and German name from a classical Greek personal
name, borne by a king of Pylos who was one of the Greek leaders in the
Trojan war, noted for his age and wisdom. In Homer’s Odyssey, the aged
Nestor gives wise advice to Odysseus’ son Telemachos. According to
Debrabandere, in Dutch this was a nickname sometimes given to the
oldest person in a group.
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