Names Throughout the Ages

Hester is the Latin form of Esther, a name of uncertain etymology though it could be related to a Persian word meaning “star”; it’s also possible that the name could be related to Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess of love, fertility, and war, though the meaning is unknown. Hester is also a surname though it originates from two different sources, the first being from Middle Low German hester meaning “beech”, likely a locational name for someone who lived near some beech trees; or it could be an anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hOistir meaning “descendant of Oistir”, the latter a name of unknown meaning.

Nicknames: Hettie

Origin: Persian



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