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Where did the French Lesser family come from? What is the French Lesser family crest and coat of arms? When did the Lesser family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Lesser family history?

The prestigious surname Lesser comes from the region of Provence, in France. The surname Lesser is of local origin, and is therefore a type of hereditary surname. Local surnames are derived either from an already existing place-name or from a local feature of the geography.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Lessard, Lessart, Lessar, Lessarde, Lesart, Lesard, Lesser, Lesseir, Leser, Lezer, Lesarde, Lesar, Lezard, Lezzard, Lezart, Lezar, Lezarde, Lisart, Lizart, Sarde, Sardo and many more.

First found in Provence, where this distinguished family held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lesser research. Another 395 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1384, 1406, 1552, 1554, 1574, 1614, 1620, 1622, 1645, 1665, 1728, and 1731 are included under the topic Early Lesser History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 133 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lesser Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lesser Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Kristoffel Lesser, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Hans Michell Lesser, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Nicholas Lesser, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Hans Michall Lesser who settled in Philadelphia in 1739
  • Benedict Lesser, who came to Philadelphia in 1739

Lesser Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Matheas Lesser, aged 43, arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1845
  • Christian Lesser who settled in Texas in 1846
  • Christian Lesser came to Texas in 1846
  • Alexander Lesser, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Bertha Lesser, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850


  • Sol Lesser (1890-1980), American movie director
  • George Lesser (b. 1932), American rock and roll musician
  • Leonard King "Len" Lesser (1922-2011), American actor known for a key role in the Clint Eastwood movie Kelly's Heroes and his recurring role as Uncle Leo on Seinfeld


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  1. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  4. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
  5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  7. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Lesser Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lesser Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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