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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.

Lesser Early Origins



The surname Lesser was first found in Provence, where this distinguished family held a family seat from ancient times.

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Lesser Spelling Variations


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Lesser Spelling Variations



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.

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Lesser Early History


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Lesser Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Lesser Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lesser Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the names at this time was Hubert Le Sueur (c.1580-1658), a French sculptor with the contemporaneous reputation of having trained in Giambologna's Florentine workshop; Balthazard Sarde, Chief Auditor in the Audit Office in 1622; Jean Le...

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lesser Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lesser Settlers in 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lesser Settlers in 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lesser Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Lotte Lesser, who arrived in Quebec in 1893

Lesser Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • C. Lesser arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lesser (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lesser (post 1700)



  • 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
  • Robert J. Lesser, American politician, Representative from Pennsylvania 13th District, 1940
  • Julius Lesser, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1892
  • George Lesser (b. 1932), American rock and roll musician
  • Sol Lesser (1890-1980), American movie director
  • Mike Lesser (1943-2015), English mathematical philosopher and political activist

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    3. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    4. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    5. 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.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    8. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    11. ...

    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.

    This page was last modified on 3 November 2015 at 11:06.

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