"Queen Esther" by Edwin Long

Meaning: “Myrtle tree”
Gender: Female
Pronunciation: huh-DAH-suh
Origin: Hebrew
Other forms of the name: Hode, Dassah, Hodel

I really love the sound of this name, I think its stunning.
Hadassah is the Hebrew name of Queen Esther in the Bible. In the story Hadassah is taken in by her cousin Mordecai because she is an orphan. Later on the Persian King Xerxes (Or Ahasuerus) is angry when his beautiful wife Vashti will not come out and appear in front of his guests wearing no veil (Which was dishonorable) and is afraid other women in the Kingdom will revolt against their husbands like Vashti. It is ordered that beautiful young virgins from all over the Kingdom be taken to meet the king, so Hadassah is taken to the palace. Each woman spends twelve months getting ready for the King in his harem. Eventually Hadassah is chosen to be his wife and is given the name Esther by her cousin which means “Star”. Soon after their wedding King Xerxes grants Prince Haman great honors and declares that people must bow to him as he rides through the streets. All bowed except for Mordecai who would bow to no one except for God. This enraged Haman who plots to kill all Jews in Persia and has the King write a decree for their destruction. So Esther is compelled to talk to the King, for she is Jewish, however she is not allowed to speak the King unless he asks for her. Eventually she goes to him and he holds out his specter showing he accepts her visit. She requests a banquet with Haman and him and another one after that. That night Xerxes cannot sleep and has a chronicle read to him stating that Mordecai saved him and he was never rewarded for it. The next morning Haman goes to Xerxes for permission to hang Mordecai, but before he can, the King asks him, “What should be done for the man whom the king delights to honor?” Haman thought he meant himself so he told the king that the man should be dressed in royal robes and led through the city on a royal horse proclaiming, “This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!” The king agreed and Haman was made to lead Mordecai through the city this way. The night before the banquet Esther tells Xerxes of Haman’s plans to kill the Jews and that she herself is a Jew. To make things worse when Xerxes is returning from the royal gardens he finds Haman laid across Esther on a couch. So Xerxes appoints Mordecai his Prime Minister and gives the Jews the right to defend themselves against any enemy and Haman is hung on the gallows that were built to hang Mordecai. There is a Jewish Holiday, Purim, in memory of their deliverance. As of 2010 Hadassah sits at #841 in the US’s most popular names.

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