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The name lassiter has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived 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."

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The surname lassiter 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. [1] Literally the place name means "Roman town of the people called Ligore," having derived from the Tribal name + the Old English word "ceater." [2] 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]

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name lassiter have been found, including Leycester, Leicester, Leister, Lester and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lassiter research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1586, 1614 and 1678 are included under the topic Early lassiter History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lassiter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name lassiter, or a variant listed above:

lassiter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Francis R. Lassiter, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Lizzie C. Lassiter, aged 45, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • William Lassiter, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1911
  • James Lassiter, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Harold T. Lassiter, aged 39, who emigrated to America, in 1922

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  • Luther Lassiter (1918-1988), world-renowned American pool player with six world championships and numerous other titles
  • Bob Lassiter (1945-2006), controversial and highly influential American radio talk show host in the 1980s and '90s
  • Roy Lassiter (b. 1969), retired American soccer striker
  • R. W. Lassiter, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate, 1862-65, 1868-69
  • Nathan Lassiter, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Dobbs County, 1788-89
  • John W. Lassiter, American Republican politician, Candidate for Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, 2009
  • Jesse B. Lassiter, American politician, Delegate to Florida State Constitutional Convention from Washington County, 1865
  • Jesse Lassiter, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Lenoir County, 1825
  • Francis Rives Lassiter (1866-1909), American Democrat politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1893-96; U.S. Representative from Virginia 4th District, 1900-03, 1907-09
  • Charles T. Lassiter, American Democrat politician, Member of Virginia State Senate 29th District, 1906-11; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1924

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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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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.

Other References

  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The lassiter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lassiter 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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