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Lester Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Leicester which is recorded as Ligeraceastre in the 10th century. The placename derives from an Old English folk name Legore ‘the dwellers by the river Legor (a lost river name)’ + Old English ceaster ‘city Roman fortification’. English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Lestre in Normandy. English and Scottish: variant of Lister . English: variant of Laster ‘one who makes shoemaker's lasts’ or ‘one who shapes boots or shoes on a last’. Scottish and Irish: shortened Anglicized form of McLester .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


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

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Where is the Lester family from?

You can see how Lester families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lester family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lester families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 107 Lester families living in New York. This was about 24% of all the recorded Lester's in USA. New York had the highest population of Lester families in 1840.
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What did your Lester ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Lester. 18% of Lester men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Lester women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lester were Truck Driver and Maid. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
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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.

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