Name: Esther

Origin and Meaning of the Name Esther

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    (ESS ter)
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    English and French speaking countries
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    Esther is a name of debated origin. It might be from the Persian, meaning "star", or a Hebrew form of the Persian goddess Ishtar.
    In the Old Testament, Esther is the name of the Jewish queen of King Ahasuerus of Persia who save her people from the wicked plans of Haman. It is a symbolic name for girls born on the Jewish holiday of Purim since Queen Esther is the central character in the Scroll of Esther which is read on that day.
    Ettie is a pet form of the name.

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