Vashti Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Vashti:
Persian name meaning "beautiful." The name was borne by the queen of Ahasuerus who was deposed for refusing to appear at the king's summons. She was replaced by Esther.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Biblical name of uncertain meaning, possibly "thread" in Hebrew, but it was more likely to have Old Persian origins. As a modern Persian name it is understood to mean "beauty" or "goodness".
In the Old Testament, Vashti was the first wife of King Ahasuerus of Persia before he married Esther. In recent years, Vashti has become a feminist icon.
- Famous real-life people named Vashti
Vashti Bunyan, British folk singer (1960s-70s)
Vashti McCollum, plaintiff in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case involving separation of church and state.
Vashti Murphy McKenzie, first female bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
- Vashti in song, story & screen
Vashti, character in James Thurber's story "A Sequence of Servants" in "My Life and Hard Times".
In E.M. Forster's 1909 short story "The Machine Stops", a featured main character is Vashti, a mother. Oddly enough, only at one point is she called Vashanti.