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Origin and popularity of the name les


Les : 1: Polish Slovenian and Czech: topographic name for someone who lived in a forest from Polish and Slovenian dialect and Czech les ‘wood forest’. The homonymous Sorbian cognate Lěs is found in Germanized forms only (see Lies).2: Polish (Leś): probably a cognate of 3 below.3: In some cases probably also Slovenian and Czech (Leš): from a short form of the personal name Aleš (see Ales). The homonymous and possibly related Sorbian surname Lěš is found in Germanized and probably also Americanized forms only (see Lesch and Lesh).4: In some cases probably also Croatian (Leš): unflattering nickname from leš ‘dead body’. Compare Lesh.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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