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Lester Family History

Lester Name Meaning
English: habitational name from Leicester, named in Old English from the tribal name Ligore (itself adapted from a British river name) + Old English ceaster ‘Roman fort or walled city’ (Latin castra ‘legionary camp’).English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Lestre in Normandy.English and Scottish: variant of Lister.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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390,010 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
42,155 Military Records
20,486 Immigration Records
266,656 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Lester Families

  • Number of Lester families
     272 - 542
     91 - 271
     1 - 90
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Lester families
     521 - 1,039
     174 - 520
     1 - 173
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Lester families
     28 - 54
     10 - 27
     1 - 9
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Lester Family Origin

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Lester Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Lester

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Lester Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Lester Civil War Service Records

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