Lester Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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Lester Coat of Arms Meaning

The three main devices (symbols) in the Lester blazon are the fleur-de-lis, griffin and caduceus. The three main tinctures (colors) are erminois, azure and or .

Ermine and its variants is a very ancient pattern. It has a long association with royalty and the nobility in general and hence represents “Dignity” wherever it is found 1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P39. The ermine pattern is white with, typically, a three dots and a dart grouping representing the tail of the furred creature.2Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 28. Erminois is a variant in which the field is or (gold) and the ermine tails sable (black).

The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli 3A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure. Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” 4The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36.

Or is the heraldic metal Gold, often shown as a bold, bright yellow colour. It is said to show “Generosity and elevation of the mind” 5The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35. Later heralds, of a more poetic nature liked to refer to it as Topaz, after the gemstone, and, for obvious reasons associated it with the Sun 6Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In drawings without colour it is usually represented by many small dots, or by the letter ‘O’ 7A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P76-77.

The fleur-de-lys (“flower of the lily”) has a long and noble history and was a symbol associated with the royalty of France even before heraldry became widespread. 8Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 3. The Lily flower is said to represent “Purity, or whiteness of soul”9The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P134 and sometimes associated with the Virgin Mary. The fleur-de-lys is also used as a small “badge”, known as a mark of cadency to show that the holder is the sixth son of the present holder of the arms 10A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P489

In the mediaeval period there was no real percieved difference between real and mythical animals, after all, much of the world remained unknown and who was to say what strange and magical creatures existed in distant lands? As heraldry developed a whole menagerie of imagined creatures 11Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P164 came into being, and their various representations became more or less standardised in form and appearance. The griffin is perhaps the most common of these creatures, being a chimera with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. 12A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Griffin. It is most often in the pose known as rampant segreant, on its hind legs with claws and wings extended. Vinycomb has much to say on the subject of the griffin, perhaps summarised in his belief that it represents “strength and vigilance”.]13Fictitious & Symbolic Creatures…in British Heraldry, J. Vinycomb, Chapman & Hall, London, 1906, P150

There were of course many widely recognised symbols that existed long before the advent of heraldry and it should be no surprise that some of these were adopted as charge in coats of arms 14A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P301. The caduceus is a typical example, adopted into the catalogue of heraldry and bringing with it its traditional meaning as the rod of Mercury, it usually is only to be found in the crest and not on the shield. 15A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Caduceus

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Lester Name

Lester Origin:

England

Origins of Name:

The surname of Lester is of an Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational surname that derives from Leicester, which is the county ton of Leicestershire. The name derives from the Old English Pre 7th Century tribal name “ligore” which translates to mean “dwellers on the river Legra,” and “ceaster” which is a Roman fort, whose name comes from the Latin “Castra” which translates to mean “legionary camp.” Locational surnames were often given to denote new settlers to an area, who often came looking for work, and they were identified by their place of birth.

Variations:

More common variations are:

Leister, Lesiter, Leaster, Leyster, Liester, Le Ster, Lesteur, Loester, Lesteri, Leester, Licester, Leycester

History:

England:

The first recorded spelling of the surname of Lester was found in the Leicestershire Pipe Rolls in the year 1130. Hugo de Legrecestra was named and recorded in this document which was ordered and decreed under the reign of King Henry I, who was commonly reffered to as “The Lion of Justice” throughout the ages and times of history, and who was the ruling King of England from the year 1100 to the year 1135. Other mentions of this surname include Nicholas de Leycester who was recorded in Cheshire in the year 1286, William Leycetter who was recorded in Yorkshire in the year 1480, Henry Lasisture, who was recorded in Ibid in the year 1503, and Richard Lasseter, who was recorded in Sussex in the year 1550. Those who reside in England that bear the surname of Lester were originally found in County Cheshire. However, those with this surname eventually spread to other areas in England. These areas include Leicestershire, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Essex, Kent, Staffordshire, and the city of London.

Scotland:

Those who bore the surname of Lester were most highly concentrated in the Fife, Midlothian, and Lanarkshire counties.

United States of America:

In the 1600’s, settlers began to emigrate to the United States of America, in search for a new life for them and their families. This new life was largely available in the United States of America, which at that time was referred to as The New World, or The Colonies, and promised freedom from religious persecution, new fulfilling and largely available work, and land. The first recorded settler to emigrate to the United states who bore the surname of Lester was one Edward Lester, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in the year 1620. Edward Lester was one of the first settlers to emigrate to the United States, as well as being the first person with this surname to step on US soil. It is possible that more settlers tried to emigrate to the United States of America. However, during the long voyages that it took to make it to the United States, the vessels of travel were cramped, allowing for the spread of disease among much of the traveling population. This not only left some travelers deceased en route to their new life, it also caused many of the emigrating passengers to arrive in the New World ailed by disease. Those who bear the surname of Lester are often found in the states of Virginia, Georgia, Illinois, Texas, Iowa, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, California, and the state of Ohio.

Lester Today:

United States 48,089

England 8,540

Australia 3,314

South Africa 2,867

Canada 2,377

Philippines 1482

New Zealand 729

Wales 463

Germany 437

Jamaica 428

Notable People:

Mary Louise Lester (born in 1921) who was an All-American Girls Professional Baseball League infielder who played from the year 1943 to the year 1944, and is part of the Women in Baseball exhibition at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York

Mark L. Lester (born in 1946) who is an American award-winning writer, producer, and director, who is most well known for his work on Commando which was produced in 1985, Firestarter which was produced in 1984, and Showdown in Little Tokyo which was produced in 1991

John Ashby Lester (1871-1969) who was an American First Class cricketer

Albert Lester (1803-1867) who was an American lawyer and politician, and was the Lieutenant Governor of New York in the year 1847

Sonny Lester (born in 1924) who was an American Grammy-award winning music producer from New York City, and was the recipient of a Purple Heart

Richard Lester (born in 1932) who was a British-based two-time BAFTA nominated film director who was famous for his work with The Beatles and the Superman film series in the 1980’s era

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (co. Chester). Ar. a fesse az. betw. three fleurs-de-lis gu. Crest—A demi griffin segreant gu.
2) (Wimborne Minster, co. Dorset). Gu. a fesse betw. two fleurs-de-lis or, in chief and the caduceus ar. in base. Crest—A demi griffin ar. holding the caduccus.
3) (Sir George Lester, knighted at Dublin Castle, 6 Aug. 1599). Az. a fess betw. three fleurs-de-lis or.
4) (Wimborne Minster, co. Dorset; exemplified to Lester Garland, Esq., upon his assuming, by royal licence, the surname of Lester only). Motto—Favente Deo. Gu. a fesse erminois betw. two fleurs-de-lis in chief ar. and a caduceus in base ppr. thereon the cap of Mercury of the third. Crest—A demi gryphon, wings elevated erm. beaked and membered or, in the claws a trident erect az. headed gold.

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1. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P39
2. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 28
3. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure
4. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
5. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35
6. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
7. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P76-77
8. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 3
9. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P134
10. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P489
11. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P164
12. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Griffin
13. Fictitious & Symbolic Creatures…in British Heraldry, J. Vinycomb, Chapman & Hall, London, 1906, P150
14. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P301
15. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Caduceus