Esther

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254k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
537
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Esther

"Esther" is a name of Persian origin, and it means "Star or Myrtle leaf". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An Old Testament book telling of a beautiful Jewess who became queen of Persia and saved her people from massacre
  2. (Old Testament) a beautiful Jewess chosen by the king of Persia to be his queen; she stopped a plot to massacre all the Jews in Persia (an event celebrated by Jews as the feast of Purim)
Wiktionary

From Ancient Greek Ἐσθήρ (Esthḗr), from Biblical Hebrew אֶסְתֵּר (ʾestēr), from Old Persian 𐎡𐏁𐎫𐎼 (ištar) or עִשְׁתָּר (ʿištār, “Ishtar”). Compare Middle Persian stl (star, “star”), stʾlk' (stārag, “star”), Modern Persian ستاره (setâre, “star”).

  1. A female given name.
  2. A book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanakh.
  3. The heroine of the Book of Esther.

Esther was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Dutch, French, German, Latin, Norwegian, Portuguese, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Esther

Esther is royalty. She holds the title Queen of Persia. Esther was born in Jerusalem.

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Esther Williams was an actress, swimmer, and businesswoman. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1942 to 1963. Esther was given the name Esther Jane Williams on August 8th, 1921 in Inglewood, California. She passed away on June 6th, 2013.

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Esther Smith is an actress. She has been prominent since 2010. Esther was born in 4.

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Esther was born on March 5th, 1948.

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Esther Rolle was an actress. She was most active from 1964 to 1964. Esther was given the name Esther Elizabeth Rolle on November 8th, 1920 in Pompano Beach, Florida. She passed away on November 17th, 1998.

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Ester Dean is a contemporary r&b, hip hop music, pop music, and dance music musician. She was most prominent from 2006 to present. Ester was given the name Esther Renay Dean on April 15th, 1982 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Esther

Esther is royalty. She holds the title Queen of Persia. Esther was born in Jerusalem.

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Baby Esther was a singing, entertainment, singer, and entertainer. Her career lasted from 1920 to 1928. Baby was given the name Esther Jones in United States. Baby is also known as Baby Jones. She left this life in 1934.

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Hari Won is a singer - actress. She has been prominent since 2007. Hari was given the name Lưu Esther on June 22nd, 1985 in Seoul,.

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Queen Esther Marrow is a soul, r & b, gospel, jazz, soul music, rhythm, blues, and gospel music musician. She plays Vocals. She was most prominent from 1965 to 1965. Queen was given the name Queen Esther on February 12th, 1941 in Newport News, Virginia.

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Emilie Esther is a pop music singing. She was most prominent from 2015 to present. Emilie was given the name Emilie Esther Holmgaard on May 12th, 1999 in Aalborg, Denmark.

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Joy Esther is an actor, singing, actress, and singer. Her ongoing career started in 1992. Joy was born on June 14th, 1984 in Lyon.

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How popular is the baby name Esther in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 198 198 0
1881 189 189 0
1882 266 266 0 #97 girl name
1883 260 260 0 #100 girl name
1884 291 291 0 #99 girl name
1885 320 320 0 #93 girl name
1886 396 396 0 #85 girl name
1887 431 431 0 #79 girl name
1888 572 572 0 #77 girl name
1889 553 553 0 #75 girl name
1890 625 619 6 #75 girl name
1891 710 710 0 #66 girl name
1892 829 824 5 #67 girl name
1893 1,387 1,382 5 #39 girl name
1894 1,661 1,654 7 #36 girl name
1895 1,819 1,803 16 #31 girl name
1896 1,970 1,964 6 #28 girl name
1897 1,918 1,911 7 #28 girl name
1898 2,054 2,047 7 #31 girl name
1899 1,823 1,823 0 #29 girl name
1900 2,023 2,017 6 #39 girl name
1901 1,854 1,844 10 #33 girl name
1902 1,833 1,833 0 #35 girl name
1903 1,889 1,883 6 #34 girl name
1904 1,962 1,957 5 #32 girl name
1905 2,003 1,993 10 #34 girl name
1906 2,070 2,065 5 #33 girl name
1907 2,072 2,062 10 #37 girl name
1908 2,195 2,187 8 #36 girl name
1909 2,196 2,185 11 #37 girl name
1910 2,389 2,378 11 #38 girl name
1911 2,689 2,676 13 #34 girl name
1912 3,586 3,569 17 #33 girl name
1913 4,100 4,090 10 #32 girl name
1914 4,668 4,654 14 #35 girl name
1915 6,337 6,321 16 #33 girl name
1916 6,447 6,421 26 #34 girl name
1917 6,298 6,281 17 #38 girl name
1918 6,588 6,574 14 #38 girl name
1919 6,265 6,248 17 #38 girl name
1920 6,085 6,068 17 #39 girl name
1921 5,938 5,926 12 #42 girl name
1922 5,495 5,474 21 #44 girl name
1923 5,328 5,315 13 #47 girl name
1924 5,273 5,258 15 #51 girl name
1925 4,745 4,725 20 #56 girl name
1926 4,475 4,455 20 #62 girl name
1927 4,350 4,327 23 #64 girl name
1928 4,124 4,095 29 #66 girl name
1929 3,606 3,586 20 #71 girl name
1930 3,371 3,349 22 #77 girl name
1931 3,058 3,033 25 #79 girl name
1932 2,978 2,959 19 #82 girl name
1933 2,703 2,676 27 #88 girl name
1934 2,597 2,578 19 #91 girl name
1935 2,562 2,543 19 #94 girl name
1936 2,268 2,253 15
1937 2,169 2,156 13
1938 2,154 2,132 22
1939 2,124 2,109 15
1940 1,916 1,901 15
1941 1,826 1,810 16
1942 1,842 1,831 11
1943 1,766 1,756 10
1944 1,624 1,613 11
1945 1,471 1,466 5
1946 1,786 1,779 7
1947 1,849 1,840 9
1948 1,850 1,850 0
1949 1,801 1,793 8
1950 1,748 1,740 8
1951 1,809 1,809 0
1952 1,711 1,711 0
1953 1,620 1,613 7
1954 1,629 1,629 0
1955 1,574 1,569 5
1956 1,520 1,510 10
1957 1,479 1,479 0
1958 1,347 1,341 6
1959 1,364 1,358 6
1960 1,363 1,363 0
1961 1,313 1,313 0
1962 1,258 1,251 7
1963 1,124 1,124 0
1964 1,031 1,024 7
1965 975 966 9
1966 872 867 5
1967 758 758 0
1968 730 730 0
1969 706 706 0
1970 726 726 0
1971 783 783 0
1972 689 689 0
1973 746 746 0
1974 732 726 6
1975 714 714 0
1976 663 657 6
1977 766 766 0
1978 713 713 0
1979 768 761 7
1980 841 841 0
1981 915 909 6
1982 944 935 9
1983 867 860 7
1984 893 884 9
1985 864 857 7
1986 867 859 8
1987 857 849 8
1988 912 912 0
1989 916 905 11
1990 988 981 7
1991 941 933 8
1992 954 946 8
1993 913 904 9
1994 958 958 0
1995 921 921 0
1996 885 885 0
1997 923 923 0
1998 931 931 0
1999 983 983 0
2000 970 970 0
2001 1,053 1,053 0
2002 1,044 1,044 0
2003 1,082 1,082 0
2004 1,098 1,098 0
2005 1,187 1,187 0
2006 1,148 1,148 0
2007 1,249 1,249 0
2008 1,273 1,273 0
2009 1,246 1,246 0
2010 1,259 1,253 6
2011 1,349 1,349 0
2012 1,335 1,335 0
2013 1,442 1,435 7
2014 1,657 1,657 0
2015 1,614 1,614 0
2016 1,789 1,789 0

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Popularity of Esther as a first name

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Popularity of Esther as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Esther U.S.
  White 50.84% 64.26%
  African American 37.24% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.49% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 8.75% 16.26%

Of Last Name Esther

People with the last name Esther are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Esther

  • How Popular is the name Esther? Esther is the 291st most popular name of all time. As a last name Esther was the 40,672nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Esther have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 254,169 babies born with the first name Esther in the United States. That's more than enough people named Esther to occupy the country of Vanuatu with an estimated population of 252,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Esther? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 198 new born babies.
  • When was Esther first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Esther is Monday, April 23rd, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Esther born? The highest recorded use of the first name Esther was in 1918 with a total of 6,574 babies. That's a lot of babies named Esther!
  • Random Esther Factoid: According to the 1918 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Esther ranks 69th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Florida. Imagine that, 44 babies in Florida have the same name as you in 1918.
  • Weird things about the name Esther: Your name in reverse order is Rehtse. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tshree. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Esther? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 537 people with the last name Esther.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Esther? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Esther as their last name since less than 1 person in 556k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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