I really like the name Hester, especially since there's an Esther in my family that I'd like to honor, but I'm vaguely worried about the impact of That Stupid Novel (fellow graduates of the American public school system surely know which one I mean). Our daughter would hopefully be a confident young woman raised far from any kind of Puritanical sex nonsense, and I'm sure neither side of her extended family would give half a damn about the literary reference, but I do wonder whether it'd be an intolerable name to grow up with in the USA.
What do you folks think?
(I'd prefer to avoid Esther itself, because it'd read too Christian on a Chinese-American and too Jewish on someone ambiguously-Eurasian, and either one's misleading.)
Wed, 11/11/2015 - 3:00pm