August 4, 2014 § 1 Comment
Latin form of “Esther“, possibly derived from a Persian word for “star”, or from the goddess Ishtar.
VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Essie, Essy, Ester, Esther, Hettie, Hetty, etc.
REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Hester, a housemaid of Sir Pitt Crawley’s who supports Miss Horrocks in her aspirations to become “My Lady”, in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).