What do you think of Hester?

(55 Posts)
Laquila Sat 27-Apr-13 23:39:24

I've always liked this name but wonder whether I'd spend a lifetime correcting people who thought it was just Esther spelt wrong.

Do you know any Hesters? Can you think of any NNs?

FlightyAphrodite Sat 27-Apr-13 23:43:32

Not massively keen. One of those that's a bit odd on a baby (IMVHO), but works for teenagers and adults. Obviously you're naming a person not a baby so that's important, I just can't reconcile a grown up name like Hester with a little baby!

Hetty as a nickname?

TheFunStopsHere Sat 27-Apr-13 23:45:21

It's okay. Prefer Esther.

Love it.

SmellsLikeWeenSpirits Sat 27-Apr-13 23:46:50

I know one. She's a hetty

piratedinosaursgogogo Sat 27-Apr-13 23:47:06

I know a Hester and she is Dutch. I've never heard it shortened to a nn.

Laquila Sat 27-Apr-13 23:51:34

I hadn't thought of Hetty as a nn, but it seems obvious now!

I do know what you mean, Flighty, ref more suitable for an adult, but I have an irrational horror of naming my child something too babyish (for me anything like Daisy, Dolly, Millie etc - all nice names but not IMO suitable for an adult) but maybe I'm going too far the other way!

mathanxiety Sun 28-Apr-13 01:58:06

I know a few Esthers -- I like Hester a lot but don't know any. Hetty is a lovely nn..

I don't think you can go too far in the direction away from Dolly, Millie, etc smile.

LittleFeileFooFoo Sun 28-Apr-13 02:38:36

I think of adultery, but that's probably because I had to read "The Scarlet Letter"

I think it's a bit ugly - sorry!
What about Harriet?

Hester makes me think of spinsters festering...

ghosteditor Sun 28-Apr-13 07:03:56

It's lovely. And DD's middle name grin

DinosaursLoveUnderpants Sun 28-Apr-13 07:07:27

Love it, prefer it to Esther.

Laquila Sun 28-Apr-13 09:34:53

Thanks all.

Agh, why didn't I think of Hester Prynne?! I quite like Harriet but not enough to use it.

I did worry a tiny bit that it reminded me of witches, for some reason, but thinking about it I think that was because there was a witch called Hecate (poss in Macbeth).

Hmmmm witches and adultery...but I do like it!

DalaHorse Sun 28-Apr-13 09:44:06

I'm not at all keen, sorry. It's not particularly alluring/pretty/glamorous/inspirational/meaningful/elegant/positively connected. I just don't feel it has any redeeming qualities. I would be horrified if I had been given the name Hester, it's not as if it's unusual and not particularly pretty BUT there's a famously fantastic Hester to give people that positive first impression. I think it's an odd choice out of all the girls names out there.

FlightyAphrodite Sun 28-Apr-13 10:40:59

Honor is nice, I like that smile

ReluctantlyBeingYoniMassaged Sun 28-Apr-13 10:52:23

I love the name Hester! I twice saw a tarot reader called Hester who was amazing. It was high on the list if ds had been a girl. Go for it!

Rhubarbgarden Sun 28-Apr-13 11:07:54

I love Esther. Hester's ok. I prefer 'adult' sounding names too, and a lot of people thought dd's name sat oddly on her as a baby (Audrey), but it very quickly suited her down to the ground. Babyhood is gone in a flash.

telsa Sun 28-Apr-13 11:12:12

I know a Hester who is called Hetty. I think it is very sweet and also elegant.

Love it. They're adults for longer than they're children smile

Laquila Sun 28-Apr-13 11:51:40

Dala sorry, who is the famously fantastic Hester?!

I quite like Honor - it's growing on me!

Yoni do you mind if I ask what else was on your girl's name list if you also liked Hester?

Rhubarb I really like the name Audrey but I have an aunt of that name, and there would be squabbling amongst the other zillion aunts if I was deemed to be showing favouritism...;)

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Sun 28-Apr-13 12:00:18

Love Hester.

Allalonenow Sun 28-Apr-13 12:01:40

I really like Hester, and know a lovely girl with the name. It's cool and classy and I think it is far nicer than Esther.

DawnOfTheDee Sun 28-Apr-13 12:02:38

I'm sorry but I really really really dislike the name Hester. It sounds ugly and frumpy to me. Possibly due to a book I read with a character called Hester but I just don't think it has a very nice sound to it.

Love Honor though...

DukeSilver Sun 28-Apr-13 12:04:13

It makes me think of the Addams family grin

iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Sun 28-Apr-13 12:07:55

Sorry but I don't like it at all. I actually thought it was a boys name. sad Hetty is cute though.

ItsYonliMe Sun 28-Apr-13 12:11:16

I thought it was the cannibal's name from Silence of the Lambs. Never thought it was a girl's name. Don't like it.

Laquila Sun 28-Apr-13 12:14:01

Thanks ItsYonliMe - I think that's done it for me...

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Sun 28-Apr-13 13:45:59

Hannibal... Hester... Quite a leap.

louisianablue2000 Sun 28-Apr-13 13:51:58

no, it was Hannible Lecter in Silence of the Lambs.

I love it, but like you I don't like girly names that end in y (proper grown up names that end in y like Audrey are fine).

nkf Sun 28-Apr-13 13:55:35

I like it. And yes, Hetty, as a nickname.

TheBookofRuth Sun 28-Apr-13 14:02:12

I love Hester. If I ever have a DD2 she'll probably be a Hester.

HanShotFirst Sun 28-Apr-13 14:05:49

I love it - it makes me think of His Dark Materials and Lee Scoresby's daemon, an arctic hare called Hester. She's smart, tough, loyal and brave.

Laquila Sun 28-Apr-13 14:13:05

Ahhhhh Hester the daemon! I love Hester and Lee Scoresby...

(Sadly there was a Hester character in S of the L - something to do with an anagram thought up by Hannibal. I think Hester the hare has nearly erased that for me though smile)

MoonHare Mon 29-Apr-13 23:46:18

Love Hester and Esther too.

Totally agree with your reasoning re grown up rather then twee babyish names.

But anyway I think Hester is a lovely name for a little girl.

Conjours up images of someone arty, quirky and fun to me.

Catlike Tue 30-Apr-13 12:39:12

I love it. Think it's stylish and elegant as others have said. But then, I do loathe pretty, frilly, twee names.

Suzieismyname Tue 30-Apr-13 12:44:33

I'm sure there was a Hester in the TV programme 'Fresh Fields'.

diddl Tue 30-Apr-13 12:55:31

I quite like it.

Don't love it, but don't hate it either iyswim.

Elspeth?

OhBuggerandArse Tue 30-Apr-13 20:27:13

I was going to say Lee Scoresby and his Hester too! I think it's lovely.

CremeEggThief Wed 01-May-13 19:20:46

I can't stand it. Sorry!

Laquila Wed 01-May-13 20:59:40

I really appreciate everyone's input and suggestions, thank you!

Diddl I don't think Elspeth really does it for me, not sure why.

Anyway, I suggested Hester to my husband and he seemed to like it, and then said, "but what if it's a girl?"....so now I'm thinking if it's going to confuse my own husband then maybe it's not the one...;)

Who knows though, he'll prob have forgotten it completely in a month or two, might try again then...

Frikadellen Thu 02-May-13 13:11:31

I like it

CheeseStrawWars Thu 02-May-13 13:16:28

I knew a boy called Kester, is that what your DH is thinking of, perhaps?

CheeseStrawWars Thu 02-May-13 13:17:41

Hesper is a girls name meaning "the evening star"? I like Hester the hare though.

diddl Thu 02-May-13 13:23:45

Did he mishear it as Heston??

Purplebananas Thu 02-May-13 13:40:58

It sounds like an ugly great lump to me. Just awful.

NothingTraLaLa Thu 02-May-13 13:46:47

Not if she is likely to go to school anywhere near Cheltenham. There is a fairly deprived area called Hester's Way and children/teens can be cruel.

MummyBurrows Thu 02-May-13 14:07:56

I think its an awful name,sorry...I did actually think it was a boys name not a girls too! Its certainly looks masculine to me,probably because its 1 letter away from Chester... Esther would be a much better,more feminine,alternative imo...

YouDontWinFriendsWithSalad Thu 02-May-13 16:34:01

I really like it. It's going on my list!

ipswitch Thu 02-May-13 17:02:41

i really love the name Hester, and I know a lovely woman called Hester NN Hettie.

BabsAndTheRu Thu 02-May-13 17:10:08

Just keep thinking of uncle fester in the Adams Family.

EldritchCleavage Thu 02-May-13 17:16:28

Love it.

WowOoo Thu 02-May-13 17:18:24

I think it's an OK name.

I can't help thinking of a school friend who was bullied. She hated her name and thought it was why she was bullied. They called her 'heffer' as she was a big girl.

Lovely girl, horrible school children = bad associations for that name.

Colyngbourne Thu 02-May-13 22:14:06

Oh don't be put off! Hester is a lovely name - I think of Hester who is Lee Scoresby's har-daemon in His Dark Materials.

Also, one of the strongest female characters in teenage fiction - Hester Shaw in Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines series.

squoosh Thu 02-May-13 22:33:07

Sounds v 17th century witch trials to me.

Not sure if this is good or bad. It could grow on me massively.

miffybun73 Thu 02-May-13 22:38:59

I makes me think of this http://www.comedy.co.uk/guide/tv/fresh_fields/

Hester Fields is the only one I've ever heard of

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