Lester is a male first name. In very rare cases it is also used for girls.
Lester is a well-known name in the US, but is still special. It is currently only given to every ten thousandth boy, and therefore ranks at 1449 in the SmartGenius statistics. This means there are 1,448 boys names that are more common, but also tens of thousands that are much rarer. In the entire USA, approximately 118,394 people – children, adults and seniors – currently bear the name Lester. That is 0.04 % of all living Americans.
Appearing throughout the time in the United States, the name Lester is a staple in the country: Boys have been given the name Lester for more than 140 years, according to official U.S. naming statistics. Lester is therefore one of only 443 boys’ names that have been given every year since 1880. Even beyond that, Lester is a very special name that peaked in popularity some time ago in the 20th century. Placed at #51 Lester easily made it into the top 100 boys' names of our SmartGenius statistics for male first names and has never been more popular than back in 1906.
In years where the graph has no value, the name Lester was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.
As many as 107 babies were named Lester in the USA in 2021, ranking it at #1,453 on the list of the most popular boys' names for that year. However, it experienced its lowest point of popularity in 2017, when it was only ranked #1,642 of all male names in our SmartGenius statistics – back then only 86 boys were named Lester.
The name Lester may not be in the top rankings of the most popular boys’ names, but it is one of the few male given names, along with only 385 others, that can be found in every single state in the U.S. from Alaska to Florida and from California to New York. Of course, the name occurs more frequently in some states than in others – and Lester is apparently especially popular in South Dakota. Although the name is not one of the top 100 most popular men’s names here either, one in 587 men in South Dakota is called Lester. In total, that’s 964 people who feel addressed when the name Lester is shouted loudly across South Dakota and who ensure that their name makes it to #157 in our SmartGenius ranking of the most common male names in this nice state. If you asked all people in the entire U.S. for their first name, you would hear Lester as the answer a total of 118,394 times. This places Lester at #253 in our SmartGenius statistics for the most popular male names in the whole of the USA. This is true for all currently living people across all states and age groups – the recent popularity of the name Lester as a baby name is, of course, a bit different, as you can see from the statistics above.
Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter L is neither particularly common nor particularly rare as a first letter for boys' names: 4.1% of all common boys' names in the US begin with this letter. By the way, the most common first letters of boys' names are J and A, while X and U are the least common initials of boys' names.
With six letters, the name Lester is of average length. In fact, 28% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly six letters. 24% of all first names are shorter, while 48% have seven letters or more. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.
Thus, it follows that with 4.1% of all boys' names starting with an L, this initial letter occurs about as often as all 26 letters on average. Nevertheless, there are boys' names with L that are quite common, the most common in the U.S. at present is Larry.
If your name is Lester and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...
So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Lester, you can simply say:
Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.
Just use American Sign Language!
These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.
In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.
In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Lester sounds like this: