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Origin and Meaning of Jester

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Jest"er
  1. A buffoon; a merry-andrew; a court fool."This . . . was Yorick's skull, the king's jester." [Shak.]"Dressed in the motley garb that jesters wear." [Longfellow.]
  2. A person addicted to jesting, or to indulgence in light and amusing talk."He ambled up and down With shallow jesters." [Shak.]

Etymology: Cf. Gestour

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  1. A professional clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman in the Middle Ages

From jest +‎ -er.

  1. One who jests, jokes or mocks.
  2. A person in colorful garb and fool's cap who amused a medieval and early modern royal or noble court.

Notable Persons Named Jester

Jester Hairston was a composer, songwriter, arranger, choral conductor, actor, and arrangement. His career lasted from 1936 to 1999. Jester was given the name Jester Joseph Hairston on July 9th, 1901 in Belews Creek, North Carolina. Jester is also known as Jasper J. Hairston and Jester J. Hairston. He passed away on January 18th, 2000.



Notable Persons With the Last Name Jester

The Jester is a grey hat, hacktivism, and grey hathacktivist. The is also known as th3j35t3r.




Beauford Halbert Jester was a Governor of Texas, Member of the Texas Railroad Commission, and Member of theTexas Railroad Commission. His most notable accomplishments were from 1947 to 1949. His military service ended in 1918. Beauford was born on January 12th, 1893 in Corsicana, Texas. He died on July 11th, 1949.


Sylvester was born in 1961.


T. was born on November 5th, 1884 in Camp Hill, Alabama. T. is also known as Jester and Thomas C.. He passed away in 1950.


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Popularity of Jester as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Jester U.S.
  White 84.35% 64.26%
  African American 10.89% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.43% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.63% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.95% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.74% 16.26%

Of Last Name Jester

People with the last name Jester are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Jester

  • How Popular is the name Jester? Jester is the 42,957th most popular name of all time. As a last name Jester was the 4,676th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Jester have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 66 babies born with the first name Jester in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jester? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1916 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Jester first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jester is Monday, February 20th, 1882.
  • What year had the most people named Jester born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jester was in 1920 with a total of 7 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Jester: Your name in reverse order is Retsej. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Jetser. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Jester? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 7,587 people with the last name Jester.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jester? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Jester as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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