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Meaning and Origin

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Wiktionary

From the Latin form of Esther.

  1. A female given name, used since the 17th century.

Middle Low German hēster (“beech”)

  1. A surname​.

    Hester was also found in the following language(s): Latin

    Notable Persons Named Hester

    Hester was given the name Hester Nedem in 1708. She died on September 16th, 1794.

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    Hester was born on May 20th, 1985 in Langedijk, The Netherlands.

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    Jane the Grabber is a procuress and procuring (prostitution). Jane was given the name Hester Jane Haskins . Jane is also known as Jane the Grabber.

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    Hester Agnes Adrian was a mental health worker. Hester was given the name Hester Agnes Pinsent by her parent Ellen Pinsent on September 16th, 1899 in Harborne. She died on May 20th, 1966.

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    Hester was born in 1629 in Oxford. She left this life in 1697.

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    Hester was born in 1944 in Northern Ireland.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Hester

    Devin Hester is a football player. Devin was born on November 4th, 1982 in Riviera Beach, Florida.

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    Paul Hester was a musician. He was most prominent from 1976 to 2005. Paul was given the name Paul Newell Hester on January 8th, 1959 in Melbourne. He died on March 26th, 2005.

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    Leigh Ann Hester is a military person. Her military service ended in 2009.

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    Laurel Hester was a police officer and activist. Laurel was given the name Laurel Anne Hester on August 15th, 1956 in Elgin, Illinois U.S. She breathed her last breath on February 18th, 2006.

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    Stephen Hester is a businessman. He holds the title CEO and RSA Insurance Group. He has had major accomplishments since 1982. Stephen was born on December 14th, 1960 in Yorkshire, England.

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    Carl was born on June 29th, 1967 in Sark.

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

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1880 49 49 0
    1881 55 55 0
    1882 63 63 0
    1883 72 72 0
    1884 85 85 0
    1885 85 85 0
    1886 76 76 0
    1887 89 89 0
    1888 113 113 0
    1889 109 109 0
    1890 119 119 0
    1891 102 102 0
    1892 122 122 0
    1893 160 155 5
    1894 143 143 0
    1895 164 164 0
    1896 150 150 0
    1897 140 140 0
    1898 163 158 5
    1899 153 148 5
    1900 192 183 9
    1901 166 160 6
    1902 164 164 0
    1903 147 147 0
    1904 175 169 6
    1905 160 160 0
    1906 158 158 0
    1907 164 159 5
    1908 190 184 6
    1909 184 179 5
    1910 221 212 9
    1911 208 201 7
    1912 273 265 8
    1913 291 275 16
    1914 318 309 9
    1915 380 359 21
    1916 402 378 24
    1917 370 358 12
    1918 407 394 13
    1919 379 360 19
    1920 380 362 18
    1921 355 337 18
    1922 352 340 12
    1923 398 382 16
    1924 330 317 13
    1925 346 325 21
    1926 287 274 13
    1927 272 262 10
    1928 225 218 7
    1929 235 220 15
    1930 226 214 12
    1931 197 183 14
    1932 167 153 14
    1933 170 157 13
    1934 180 161 19
    1935 139 134 5
    1936 158 148 10
    1937 127 120 7
    1938 150 136 14
    1939 117 117 0
    1940 145 132 13
    1941 125 117 8
    1942 120 120 0
    1943 140 132 8
    1944 132 123 9
    1945 107 100 7
    1946 93 86 7
    1947 119 113 6
    1948 90 90 0
    1949 113 102 11
    1950 106 101 5
    1951 72 72 0
    1952 82 82 0
    1953 97 91 6
    1954 91 86 5
    1955 87 81 6
    1956 63 63 0
    1957 61 61 0
    1958 58 58 0
    1959 59 59 0
    1960 47 47 0
    1961 47 47 0
    1962 39 39 0
    1963 46 46 0
    1964 42 42 0
    1965 19 19 0
    1966 27 27 0
    1967 27 27 0
    1968 29 29 0
    1969 25 25 0
    1970 37 32 5
    1971 30 30 0
    1972 19 19 0
    1973 29 29 0
    1974 27 27 0
    1975 21 21 0
    1976 21 21 0
    1977 17 17 0
    1978 14 14 0
    1979 29 29 0
    1980 16 16 0
    1981 25 25 0
    1982 25 25 0
    1983 14 14 0
    1984 11 11 0
    1985 14 14 0
    1986 13 13 0
    1987 18 18 0
    1988 8 8 0
    1989 10 10 0
    1990 10 10 0
    1991 8 8 0
    1993 13 13 0
    1994 7 7 0
    1996 5 5 0
    1998 5 5 0
    2000 5 5 0
    2004 5 5 0
    2009 5 5 0
    2010 5 5 0

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    Popularity of Hester as a first name

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    Popularity of Hester as a last name

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    Common last names for Hester

    • Smith
    • Johnson
    • Jones
    • Williams
    • Brown
    • Davis
    • Miller
    • Moore
    • Wilson
    • Jackson
    • Taylor
    • Hill
    • White
    • Thomas
    • Lewis
    • Martin
    • Hall
    • Thompson
    • Scott
    • Clark

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Hester U.S.
      White 73.10% 64.26%
      African American 21.94% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.52% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.50% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.18% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.76% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Hester

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Hester

    • How Popular is the name Hester? Hester is the 2,014th most popular name of all time. As a last name Hester was the 976th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Hester have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 14,746 babies born with the first name Hester in the United States. That's more than enough people named Hester to occupy the territory of Wallis and Futuna (France) with an estimated population of 13,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Hester? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 49 new born babies.
    • When was Hester first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Hester is Thursday, September 17th, 1868.
    • What year had the most people named Hester born? The highest recorded use of the first name Hester was in 1918 with a total of 394 babies.
    • Random Hester Factoid: According to the 1942 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Hester is not a popular baby girl's name in Arkansas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Arkansas have the same name as you in 1942.
    • Weird things about the name Hester: Your name in reverse order is Retseh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eersth. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Hester? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 35,642 people with the last name Hester.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Hester? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 12 of them will have Hester as their last name.

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