upload image

Vander Leest Name Study

Privacy Level: Open (White)

Surnames/tags: Vander Leest VanderLeest van der Leest
This page has been accessed 751 times.


How to Join

Please contact the project leader Steve VanderLeest or leave a comment at the foot of the page. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!


This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the surname Vander Leest and its variants. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

Task List

Origin of van der Leest

One possible origin of the family name "van der Leest" is from the shoemaker or cobbler's trade, where a shoe last was commonly used. "van der" means "of the" or "from the" in Dutch, and then "leest" can be translated as "last". This is based on a family story passed down from Henry VanderLeest to Steve VanderLeest.

Another possible origin of the family name is based on a region called "leest". An area that was originally farmland near Veghel, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands was called "leest" and there are still residents in that neighborhood with the family name "van der leest". This is based on email correspondence from Kevin Van Der Leest, learned during his visit to Veghel and discussion with members of the local catholic church.

  • Login to edit this profile and add images.
  • Private Messages: Contact the Profile Managers privately: One Name Studies WikiTree and Steve VanderLeest. (Best when privacy is an issue.)
  • Public Comments: Login to post. (Best for messages specifically directed to those editing this profile. Limit 20 per day.)
Comments: 1

Leave a message for others who see this profile.
There are no comments yet.
Login to post a comment.
Hi! I added text to the companion category for your name study (Category:Vander Leest Name Study). Feel free to edit it. The default for the template is to add the main category, but you can add a line to have a different category. See the ONS template page for details. Give me a holler if you have any questions about categorization.

I also created a redirect, so Project:Vander Leest (the link for the button from the VanderLeest surname page) brings you to this page.

Cheers, Liz

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett