Origin of the name ASHTAROTH.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name ASHTAROTH.
Variant form of Phoenician Ashtoreth
(q.v.), meaning "female doves."
Ashtaroth, Astarte, and
seem to have been essentially the same deity (Ashtoreth) under different names; and
fancy sees in our English Easter a modern variant of this ancient
goddess. Some Phoenician names, compounded with Astarte, have come
down to us through the Greek, e.g., Αβδαστόρτος,
deliastartos; and we may possibly trace to this
origin the English names Startin, Star, Starleigh, &c.
Pillars, columns, &c., seem to have been erected to
Astarte, the meaning of which may be ascertained, not only from Lucian's
account of the Syrian Goddess, but from the pine cone offered at the
Assyrian shrines. The erection of the tower indicated one part, and
the pine cone, or egg, the other part, of On and his cluster. Hence
we conclude that Ashtoreth is practically the same as Asherah. (Ancient Faiths Embodied
in Ancient Names, Inman, 1868).