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  • Benjamin F Hester (1874 - 1955)
    Birth: Apr. 7, 1874, USA Death: Sep. 7, 1955 Durham County North Carolina, USA Family links: Parents: Simeon James Hester (1837 - 1915) Sarah Catherine Lunsford Hester (1839 - 1919) Spouse: ...
  • Caroline Hart (1817 - 1866)
  • Catherine Parsons, of Sydenham (c.1539 - 1608)
    Catherine Hester (daughter of William Hester and Elizabeth Hyde) was born Abt. 1539 in sydenham, oxford, england. Parents: William Hester of Sydenham (b. abt 1505-d. 1530) and Elizabeth Hyde (b. abt....
  • Lt Col Clarence R Hester (1916 - 2000)
    Clarence Hester, a retired Sacramento roofing contractor who saw combat as an Army paratrooper during World War II, died Tuesday at 84. The cause was complications from kidney failure, said one of his ...

About the Hester surname

The last name Hester has different origins dependent on the region. Those with the last name tend to be of Germanic origin, though where it comes from is unclear. Most cite the Germanic origin to mean heister or beech tree, indicating someone who lived near a prominent beech tree; but it also possibly came from the same root as heißen meaning town crier. For those of Irish origin, more found in County Mayo, comes from Anglicized Gaelic Ó hOistir or descendant of Oistir. It is the 869th most common last name in the United States.

-Jeffry J. Hester