Show ContentsLasater History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Lasater comes from the family having resided in Leicester, in Leicestershire. Leicester is the capital of the county and its name is derived from the Old English element ceaster, which meant "Roman town." [1]

Early Origins of the Lasater family

The surname Lasater was first found in Cheshire at Leycester, more commonly known as Leicester, a city now in the unitary authority area in the East Midlands. The first record of the place name was found in the early 10th century as "Ligera ceater" but by the Domesday Book of 1086 the place name had evolved to Ledecestre. [2]

Literally the place name means "Roman town of the people called Ligore," having derived from the Tribal name + the Old English word "ceater." [1] As far as the surname is concerned, the family are "descended from Sir Nicholas Leycester, who acquired the manor of Nether-Tabley in marriage, and died in 1295." [3]

But another source notes that Hugo de Legrecestra was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Leicestershire in 1130, followed by Nicholas de Leycester who was listed in the Assize Rolls for Cheshire in 1287. [4]

And another source notes that the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list what is probably the first instance of the name as Robert de Lestre. [5]

Yorkshire was home to an early branch of the family: Richard de Laycestre in 1305; Henry Lycester in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls in 1381; William Leycetter in 1480; and Henry Lasisture in 1503. [4]

Early History of the Lasater family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lasater research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1586, 1588, 1604, 1605, 1614, 1620, 1642, 1643, 1647, 1674, 1678, 1684, 1705, 1706, 1715, 1727, 1732, 1742, 1762, 1770 and 1827 are included under the topic Early Lasater History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lasater Spelling Variations

Lasater has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Leycester, Leicester, Leister, Lester and others.

Early Notables of the Lasater family

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Peter Leycester (Leicester), 1st Baronet (1614-1678), an English antiquarian and historian, supporter of the Royalist side in the Civil War. He was born at Nether Tabley, near Knutsford, Cheshire, England, the eldest son of Peter Leycester (1588-1647) and Elizabeth Mainwaring. In 1642 he married Elizabeth Gerard, the third daughter of Gilbert, 2nd Baron Gerard. They had three sons and three daughters. He died at his home in 1678 and was buried at Great Budworth, Cheshire. He was succeeded in the baronetage by...
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Lasater Ranking

In the United States, the name Lasater is the 7,824th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Lasater family to Ireland

Some of the Lasater family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Lasater migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Lasaters to arrive on North American shores:

Lasater Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A J Lasater, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [7]
Lasater Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • L. G. Lasater, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Oceanic" from Southampton, England [8]
  • Virginia Lasater, aged 15, settling in Winston Salen, NC, who arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Berengaria" from Cherbourg, France [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lasater (post 1700) +

  • John Roger Lasater (b. 1931), retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General, awarded the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal-15 times, and Presidential Unit Citation
  • Bob Lasater, former American football coach for Dickson State (1972-1975)
  • Judith Hanson Lasater, American yoga teacher and author
  • Mary Lasater, American Republican politician, Member of Missouri Republican State Committee, 1967 [9]
  • James M. Lasater, American politician, Delegate to Illinois State Constitutional Convention from Hamilton County, 1847 [9]
  • Brent Lasater, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives 20th District, 2012 [9]
  • David Lasater Ragsdale (b. 1958), American violinist for the rock band Kansas

The Lasater Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pro rege et patria
Motto Translation: For King and country.

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  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from
  9. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook