Show ContentsLaster History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Laster surname comes from the Middle English word "last," which was the name of a wooden mould in the shape of a foot used by a cobbler in the making or repairing of shoes. In Old English, the name was "laeste" which literally meant "footprint." The name was most likely an occupational name for a person who made cobbler's lasts. Also there is some evidence that the name could have been Norman in origin as records show Philip Augustus granted lands in Normandy to Robert de Los. It is thought that this same family landed in England where there are records of Walter and William Luz in 1198.

Early Origins of the Laster family

The surname Laster was first found in Suffolk. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in 1275 with Thomas le Lastur who was listed in the Assize Rolls. Over a century later, in 1385, Richard Last was listed in the Fleet of Fines as holding estates in the same county.

Early History of the Laster family

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Laster Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Laster include Laster, Lastur, Lastor, Last and others.

Early Notables of the Laster family (pre 1700)

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Laster Ranking

In the United States, the name Laster is the 3,645th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

United States Laster migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Laster or a variant listed above:

Laster Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Peter Laster, who arrived in Virginia in 1666 [2]
Laster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Laster, who landed in Mississippi in 1890 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Laster (post 1700) +

  • Michael Laster, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1996; Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 134th District, 1998 [3]
  • E. J. Laster, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008 [3]
  • Donna Laster, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1972 [3]
  • Charlie Laster (b. 1954), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Oklahoma State Senate 17th District; Elected 2008 [3]
  • Andrew D. Laster, American politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Paducah, Kentucky, 1991 [3]

Suggested Readings for the name Laster +

  • The Lasters by Letha Irene Laster Sanderson.

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  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook