The origin of the name Esther is Persian


This is how Esther is written in Hebrew:

אֶסְתֵּר = ‘Ecter


The  biblical meaning of the name Esther is: star.


Esther was previously called Hadassah. Esther was the queen of Persia, heroine of the book of Esther – cousin and adopted daughter of Mordecai


The name Esther appears in the bible in the following verses:

Esther 2:7 KJV
And he brought up Hadassah, that is, אֶסְתֵּר (Esther), his uncle’s daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter.

Esther 2:8 KJV
So it came to pass, when the king’s commandment and his decree was heard, and when many maidens were gathered together unto Shushan the palace, to the custody of Hegai, that אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) was brought also unto the king’s house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women.

Esther 2:10 KJV
אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) had not shewed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai had charged her that she should not shew it.

Esther 2:11 KJV
And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women’s house, to know how אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) did, and what should become of her.

Esther 2:15 KJV
Now when the turn of אֶסְתֵּר (Esther), the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king’s chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her.

Esther 2:16 KJV
So אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.

Esther 2:17 KJV
And the king loved אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.

Esther 2:18 KJV
Then the king made a great feast unto all his princes and his servants, even אֶסְתֵּר (Esther)’s feast; and he made a release to the provinces, and gave gifts, according to the state of the king.

Esther 2:20 KJV
אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) had not yet shewed her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her: for אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him.

Esther 2:22 KJV
And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told it unto אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) the queen; and אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) certified the king thereof in Mordecai’s name.

Esther 4:4 KJV
So אֶסְתֵּר (Esther)‘s maids and her chamberlains came and told it her. Then was the queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him: but he received it not.

Esther 4:5 KJV
Then called אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) for Hatach, one of the king’s chamberlains, whom he had appointed to attend upon her, and gave him a commandment to Mordecai, to know what it was, and why it was.

Esther 4:8 KJV
Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that was given at Shushan to destroy them, to shew it unto אֶסְתֵּר (Esther), and to declare it unto her, and to charge her that she should go in unto the king, to make supplication unto him, and to make request before him for her people.

Esther 4:9 KJV
And Hatach came and told אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) the words of Mordecai.

Esther 4:10 KJV
Again אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai;

Esther 4:12 KJV
And they told to Mordecai אֶסְתֵּר (Esther)‘s words.

Esther 4:13 KJV
Then Mordecai commanded to answer אֶסְתֵּר (Esther), Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews.

Esther 4:15 KJV
Then אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) bade them return Mordecai this answer,

Esther 4:17 KJV
So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) had commanded him.

Esther 5:1 KJV
Now it came to pass on the third day, that אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king’s house, over against the king’s house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house.

Esther 5:2 KJV
And it was so, when the king saw אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre.

Esther 5:3 KJV
Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen אֶסְתֵּר (Esther)? and what is thy request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom.

Esther 5:4 KJV
And אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) answered, If it seem good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him.

Esther 5:5 KJV
Then the king said, Cause Haman to make haste, that he may do as אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) hath said. So the king and Haman came to the banquet that אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) had prepared.

Esther 5:6 KJV
And the king said unto אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? even to the half of the kingdom it shall be performed.

Esther 5:7 KJV
Then answered אֶסְתֵּר (Esther), and said, My petition and my request is;

Esther 5:12 KJV
Haman said moreover, Yea, אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) the queen did let no man come in with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared but myself; and to morrow am I invited unto her also with the king.

Esther 6:14 KJV
And while they were yet talking with him, came the king’s chamberlains, and hasted to bring Haman unto the banquet that אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) had prepared.

Esther 7:1 KJV
So the king and Haman came to banquet with אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) the queen.

Esther 7:2 KJV
And the king said again unto אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) on the second day at the banquet of wine, What is thy petition, queen אֶסְתֵּר (Esther)? and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request? and it shall be performed, even to the half of the kingdom.

Esther 7:3 KJV
Then אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) the queen answered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request:

Esther 7:5 KJV
Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said unto אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) the queen, Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so?

Esther 7:6 KJV
And אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen.

Esther 7:7 KJV
And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his life to אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king.

Esther 7:8 KJV
Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of the banquet of wine; and Haman was fallen upon the bed whereon אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) was. Then said the king, Will he force the queen also before me in the house? As the word went out of the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face.

Esther 8:1 KJV
On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the Jews’ enemy unto אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) the queen. And Mordecai came before the king; for אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) had told what he was unto her.

Esther 8:2 KJV
And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) set Mordecai over the house of Haman.

Esther 8:3 KJV
And אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet, and besought him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his device that he had devised against the Jews.

Esther 8:4 KJV
Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward אֶסְתֵּר (Esther). So אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) arose, and stood before the king,

Esther 8:7 KJV
Then the king Ahasuerus said unto אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews.

Esther 9:12 KJV
And the king said unto אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) the queen, The Jews have slain and destroyed five hundred men in Shushan the palace, and the ten sons of Haman; what have they done in the rest of the king’s provinces? now what is thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: or what is thy request further? and it shall be done.

Esther 9:13 KJV
Then said אֶסְתֵּר (Esther), If it please the king, let it be granted to the Jews which are in Shushan to do to morrow also according unto this day’s decree, and let Haman’s ten sons be hanged upon the gallows.

Esther 9:29 KJV
Then אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with all authority, to confirm this second letter of Purim.

Esther 9:31 KJV
To confirm these days of Purim in their times appointed, according as Mordecai the Jew and אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) the queen had enjoined them, and as they had decreed for themselves and for their seed, the matters of the fastings and their cry.

Esther 9:32 KJV
And the decree of אֶסְתֵּר (Esther) confirmed these matters of Purim; and it was written in the book.