Where does the Easter bunny come from?
So, how did we get to a point where there are bunnies everywhere on Easter? The exact origin of the Easter bunny is lost, but many assert it's the result of a strong connection between Germanic pagan traditions and Christianity.
It's been suggested that many early Christians were thinly veiled pagans, and they continued to worship the Teutonic deity Eostre, which is kind of right there in the word Easter. Pagans celebrated the goddess of spring and fertility with a spring festival. Additionally, Eostre was closely associated with rabbits.
However, some argue that though this story isn't impossible, there isn't much evidence to support how widespread it's become. There's actually only one mention of Eostre in historical documents. That's found in Bede the Venerable's "The Reckoning of Time," as noted by The Guardian's Adrian Bott who questions the validity of the Easter bunny's pagan origins.
Other accounts note that a rabbit's ability to get pregnant while it's already pregnant and its longstanding association with fertility created a belief that hares were hermaphroditic and capable of virgin births, per Lifehacker. It's a short route from there to being associated with the Virgin Mary and the Holy Trinity.
Whatever its origin, the Easter Bunny is believed to have arrived in America at some point in the 1700s, according to History.com. It came with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania. They called the strange mammal "Osterhase" or "Oschter Haws" and put out handmade nests for the freaky rabbit to lay its multi-colored eggs.