What does the baby name Lester mean? Learn about what Lester means, its history & origin, popularity in our random name database, pronunciation, similar names, nicknames & spelling variations.

Lester - Name Meaning, Origin & Popularity

Spelling of Lester
L-E-S-T-E-R, is a 6-letter male given name.
Pronunciation of Lester
LES ter
Meaning of Lester
Fortified place, from leicester, england, from a fort near the river legra.
Origin of Lester
The name 'Lester' is a male name with English origins, and its earliest known use can be traced back to the 19th century. It is believed to be derived from the Old English word 'leof' which means 'beloved' or 'dear', combined with the suffix '-ster' which was commonly used to denote a person involved in a particular occupation or activity. Therefore, 'Lester' can be interpreted to mean 'beloved one' or 'dear one.'
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Popularity of Lester
The popularity of the name 'Lester' has varied over time. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it experienced a moderate level of popularity, ranking among the top 200 names for boys in the United States. However, its usage declined significantly in the mid-20th century and continues to be less common today.
Lester currently has 77 likes, and is in the top 5% of liked boy's names. The name Waylon is slightly more popular than Lester.

Etymology of Lester

The linguistic roots of the name 'Lester' can be traced back to Old English. The word 'leof' was commonly used to express affection or endearment, while the suffix '-ster' denoted a person associated with a specific occupation or activity. This combination of elements gives the name its meaning of 'beloved one' or 'dear one.'

Cultural Significance of Lester

While the name 'Lester' does not have any specific cultural or historical significance, it has been used in various literary works and popular culture references. In literature, one notable character with the name 'Lester' is 'Lester' Burnham from the novel and film 'American Beauty'. This character's story explores themes of midlife crisis and personal transformation.