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Where did the English Lester family come from? What is the English Lester family crest and coat of arms? When did the Lester family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Lester family history?Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Lester is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having 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."
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Lester has been spelled many different ways, including Leycester, Leicester, Leister, Lester and others.
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.  Literally the place name means "Roman town of the people called Ligore," having derived from the Tribal name + the Old English word "ceater."  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." 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lester research. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1586, 1614 and 1678 are included under the topic Early Lester History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 41 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lester Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Lesters to arrive in North America:
Lester Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Lester Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Lester Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Lester Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Lester Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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.
The Lester Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lester 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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