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