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Gender: Male Origin of Lester: English place-name; phonetic form of Leicester

The name Lester is a boy's name of English origin. Lester and is often added to lists like Popular English Boys' Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Name Association Game".

From the experts:

Lester is one of the British surname names that were popular in the US in the early decades of the twentieth century: it was in the Top 100 through 1931, reaching a high of Number 52 in 1906. But dropping of the list in the late 1990s, along with Hester and Sylvester, we don't see much hope for a return visit.

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Famous People Named Lester

Lester Holt, American news anchor
Lester Bowles "Mike" Pearson, former Canadian Prime Minister
Lester Keith Piggott, English jockey
Lester Willis Young, American jazz saxophonist
Lester del Rey (born Leonard Knapp), American science fiction novelist and editor
Lester Bowie, American jazz trumpeter
Leslie Conway "Lester" Bangs, American rock music journalist
(Curtis) Lester Patrick aka Les, The Silver Fox, Canadian ice hockey player
Lester Garfield Maddox, Sr., American politician, governor of Georgia
Lester B. Pearson, winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace
Philip "Phil" Michael Lester, English radio presenter and Internet personality
Lester Raymond "Les" Brown, American clarinetist and bandleader
Lester John Thomas "Les" Costello, Canadian ice hockey player and priest
Lester William Polsfuss, birth name of Les Paul, American guitarist and luthier
Lester "Les" Tremayne, Anglo-American actor
Gerry Lester "Bubba" Watson, American golfer

Pop Culture References for the name Lester

Lester Burnham, main character of the film "American Beauty"
Lester "Worm" Murphy, from the movie "Rounders"
Lester Nygaard, character from the television show "Fargo"
Archduke Lester DeRosso, holder of the Vampire Asterisk in "Bravely Default"
Lester Papadopoulos, main character in Rick Riordan's The Trials Of Apollo

Leicester, Les


autumnreverie Says:


This one's best left gathering dust somewhere forgotten.

TheColourGreen Says:


Am I the only one that thinks this name is quite cute. If I had, like five boys, I'd use this name.

dovah Says:


I can't look past this connection, either. Gives me the shivers.

clairels Says:


Use it as a middle name, first name Moe.

raevynstar Says:


I've always thought that this is a great name. :)