Lester Family History

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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


Similar surnames: Pester, Bester, Lister, Lesser, Laster, Tester, Lyster, Jester

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Lester Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Lester name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Lester. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    53%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    18%

  • Germanic Europe

    6%

  • Norway

    3%

  • Eastern Europe & Russia

    3%

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Lester Family Origin

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Lester Family Occupations

What did your Lester ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Lester family was Farming. The most common Lester occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of Lester's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lester.

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  • Farmer

    41%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farming

    3%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Lester ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Lester Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 280,000 census records available for the last name Lester. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lester census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 23,000 immigration records available for the last name Lester. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 44,000 military records available for the last name Lester. For the veterans among your Lester ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Lester Life Expectancy

What is the average Lester lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Lester life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Lester in 1940 was 30, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Lester

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Lester ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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