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This lovely and ancient name comes from the old biblical story of an ordinary girl who becomes queen of Persia and reverses destiny to save her people. The name has a beautiful meaning in Old Persian, 'star', which still sounds similar to Esther. Some scholars insist we can however also identify the name with the glorious Babylonian goddess of love, Istar.

Rank in the year 2015

Esther was ranked #438 in the most popular American names of 2015.

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