Meaning: a name of uncertain etymology though it could be related to Persian meaning "star", though it could also be related to Ishtar, the Mesopotamian goddess of love, fertility, and war, though the meaning is unknown.
In the Old Testament, Esther was the name Hadassah took when she entered King Ahaseurus' harem.
Nicknames: Essie, Essa, Estee
- Ester (Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Finnish)
- Hester (Latin)
- Esteri (Finnish)
- Eszter (Hungarian)
- Estera (Lithuanian, Slovak, Polish)
- Yesfir (Russian)
- Esfir (Russian)