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Origin and Meaning of Lester

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun ‖Les"ter
A dry sirocco in the Madeira Islands.

Etymology: Pg., prob. fr. Fr. l'est the east

Wiktionary
  1. A surname​ derived from the English place name Leicester.
  2. A male given name, transferred from the surname since the nineteenth century.
  3. A town in Alabama.
  4. A city in Iowa.
  5. A ghost town in Washington.
  6. A town in West Virginia.

Notable Persons Named Lester

Lester C. Hunt was a Governor of Wyoming, and 9th Secretary of State of Wyoming. He was most active from 1949 to 1954. His military service ended in 1919. Lester was born on July 8th, 1892 in Illinois, U.S. He breathed his last breath on June 19th, 1954.

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Les Paul was a jazz, country music, blues, rock, and roll musician. He plays Guitar, banjo, harmonica, piano, and Gibson Les Paul. His career lasted from 1928 to 2009. Les was given the name Lester William Polsfuss on June 9th, 1915 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, US. He passed away on August 12th, 2009.

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Lester "Beetlejuice" Green is a comedian and actor. Lester was born on June 2nd, 1968 in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States.

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Lester Holt is a journalism and journalist. His ongoing career started in 1981. Lester was given the name Lester Don Holt, Jr. on March 8th, 1959 in Marin County, California.

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He holds the title Director of the Edmonde J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Director of theEdmonde J. Safra Center for EthicsatHarvard University, and Professor of Law atHarvard Law School. Lawrence was given the name Lester Lawrence Lessig III on June 3rd, 1961 in Rapid City, South Dakota.

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His career lasted from 1928 to 1976. Vincente was given the name Lester Anthony Minnelli on February 28th, 1903 in Chicago, Illinois. U.S. He died on July 25th, 1986.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Lester

Phil was born on January 30th, 1987 in Rawtenstall.

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Jon Lester is a baseball player for the Chicago Cubs. Jon was born on January 7th, 1984 in Tacoma, Washington.

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His most notable accomplishments were from 1964 to 1977. Mark was born on July 11th, 1958 in Oxford.

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Ron Lester is an actor. He was most active from 1997 to 2010. Ron was born on August 4th, 1970 in Kennesaw, Georgia.

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Adrian Lester is an actor, writer, and director. Adrian was born on August 14th, 1968 in Birmingham, West Midlands, England.

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Richard Lester is a film director. His most notable accomplishments were from 1960 to 1991. Richard was born on January 19th, 1932 in Philadelphia. Richard is also known as born Richard Lester Liebman.

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How popular is the baby name Lester in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 109 0 109
1881 87 0 87
1882 134 0 134
1883 116 0 116
1884 123 0 123
1885 141 0 141
1886 166 6 160 #98 boy name
1887 168 0 168 #89 boy name
1888 189 0 189 #97 boy name
1889 218 5 213 #82 boy name
1890 231 5 226 #76 boy name
1891 191 0 191 #83 boy name
1892 250 10 240 #80 boy name
1893 248 5 243 #77 boy name
1894 291 0 291 #69 boy name
1895 300 5 295 #68 boy name
1896 326 8 318 #65 boy name
1897 318 8 310 #61 boy name
1898 307 9 298 #70 boy name
1899 300 10 290 #65 boy name
1900 441 10 431 #60 boy name
1901 338 6 332 #61 boy name
1902 398 13 385 #59 boy name
1903 408 8 400 #53 boy name
1904 409 11 398 #61 boy name
1905 450 18 432 #58 boy name
1906 488 6 482 #52 boy name
1907 500 9 491 #58 boy name
1908 522 13 509 #60 boy name
1909 511 10 501 #61 boy name
1910 566 10 556 #64 boy name
1911 664 7 657 #65 boy name
1912 1,463 20 1,443 #58 boy name
1913 1,753 17 1,736 #59 boy name
1914 2,176 12 2,164 #57 boy name
1915 2,971 28 2,943 #57 boy name
1916 2,930 23 2,907 #59 boy name
1917 2,889 35 2,854 #61 boy name
1918 3,265 36 3,229 #62 boy name
1919 3,055 35 3,020 #62 boy name
1920 3,101 33 3,068 #68 boy name
1921 3,109 33 3,076 #66 boy name
1922 2,988 37 2,951 #69 boy name
1923 2,802 36 2,766 #71 boy name
1924 2,813 34 2,779 #72 boy name
1925 2,581 22 2,559 #81 boy name
1926 2,567 31 2,536 #78 boy name
1927 2,480 40 2,440 #83 boy name
1928 2,263 33 2,230 #89 boy name
1929 2,135 30 2,105 #88 boy name
1930 2,044 24 2,020 #95 boy name
1931 1,943 24 1,919 #96 boy name
1932 1,831 18 1,813
1933 1,664 19 1,645
1934 1,703 18 1,685
1935 1,643 18 1,625
1936 1,563 17 1,546
1937 1,589 12 1,577
1938 1,621 18 1,603
1939 1,560 12 1,548
1940 1,610 19 1,591
1941 1,579 16 1,563
1942 1,765 14 1,751
1943 1,783 20 1,763
1944 1,662 13 1,649
1945 1,631 13 1,618
1946 1,679 10 1,669
1947 1,959 15 1,944
1948 1,794 13 1,781
1949 1,766 15 1,751
1950 1,774 14 1,760
1951 1,735 13 1,722
1952 1,747 21 1,726
1953 1,794 15 1,779
1954 1,770 17 1,753
1955 1,703 15 1,688
1956 1,718 14 1,704
1957 1,647 9 1,638
1958 1,473 14 1,459
1959 1,349 15 1,334
1960 1,325 12 1,313
1961 1,301 12 1,289
1962 1,121 8 1,113
1963 1,118 16 1,102
1964 1,011 13 998
1965 963 8 955
1966 780 8 772
1967 739 8 731
1968 747 0 747
1969 727 9 718
1970 690 9 681
1971 630 0 630
1972 595 7 588
1973 510 5 505
1974 471 0 471
1975 497 0 497
1976 483 6 477
1977 460 7 453
1978 392 5 387
1979 429 7 422
1980 472 6 466
1981 438 0 438
1982 398 0 398
1983 398 0 398
1984 351 5 346
1985 326 6 320
1986 302 0 302
1987 277 0 277
1988 309 0 309
1989 314 0 314
1990 260 0 260
1991 286 0 286
1992 251 0 251
1993 251 0 251
1994 207 0 207
1995 178 0 178
1996 172 0 172
1997 166 0 166
1998 132 0 132
1999 170 0 170
2000 139 0 139
2001 137 0 137
2002 134 0 134
2003 141 0 141
2004 135 0 135
2005 125 0 125
2006 143 0 143
2007 115 0 115
2008 139 0 139
2009 126 0 126
2010 118 0 118
2011 101 0 101
2012 102 0 102
2013 122 0 122
2014 105 0 105
2015 101 0 101
2016 102 0 102
2017 85 0 85

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Popularity of Lester as a first name

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Popularity of Lester as a last name

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Common last names for Lester

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Anderson
  • Martin
  • Thompson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • White
  • Jackson
  • Clark
  • Harris
  • Hall
  • Nelson
  • Lewis

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lester U.S.
  White 75.78% 64.26%
  African American 18.60% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.43% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.21% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.75% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.22% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lester

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

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Fun Facts about the name Lester

  • What name lists does Lester rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Lester? Lester is the 541st most popular name of all time. As a last name Lester was the 768th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lester have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 131,165 babies born with the first name Lester in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lester to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lester? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 109 new born babies.
  • When was Lester first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lester is Friday, March 3rd, 1826.
  • What year had the most people named Lester born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lester was in 1918 with a total of 3,229 babies. That's a lot of babies named Lester!
  • Random Lester Factoid: According to the 1939 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lester ranks 92nd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, 41 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 1939.
  • Weird things about the name Lester: Your name in reverse order is Retsel. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Trlese. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lester? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 44,784 people with the last name Lester.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lester? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 15 of them will have Lester 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)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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