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What do you think of Hester?

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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?

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.


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?" 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.

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