Of Persian origin.

Esther means “star”.

Sources mention Esther may also derive from the Babylonian goddess of love and fertility Ishtar.

According to the Old Testament, Esther, who’s Hebrew name was Hadassah, was a Queen, wife of Persian King Ahasuerus, identified as Xerxes I.

Esther was used as an English names after the Protestant Reformation.

Other forms of the name are: Ester, Essi, Essie, Ettie, Estée, Hesther.

Esther is in the top-50 female names in Denmark.

Famous bearers are Esther Williams, Esther Rolle, Esther Schweins, Esther Zynn, Esther Anderson, Esther Cardoso, Esther Freud.