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Lis Name Meaning

Polish, Czech, and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from Polish and Czech dialect lis ‘fox’, a nickname for a cunning person or, in the case of the Jewish name, an ornamental name. Czech: nickname for a man with a bald pate, from a variant of Czech lysý ‘bald’. Dutch: metronymic from a short form of the personal female names Alice or Elisabeth (see Lies). Dutch (van Lis): habitational name from Lixhe in Belgium or Lieze in the Netherlands. French: perhaps a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a lily, Old French lis.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Lies, Mis, Lia, List, Lois, Lais, Lier, Lim, Li, Ris

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Where is the Lis family from?

You can see how Lis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lis family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Lis families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 9 Lis families living in Minnesota. This was about 35% of all the recorded Lis's in the USA. Minnesota had the highest population of Lis families in 1880.
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What did your Lis ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Packer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lis. 28% of Lis men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Lis women worked as a Packer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lis were Machine Operator and New Worker.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    28%
  • Farmer
    6%
  • Waiter
    5%
  • Machine Operator
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Packer
    9%
  • Waitress
    8%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • New Worker
    8%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Lis. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Lis. For the veterans among your Lis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lis lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Lis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Lis in 1955 was 36, and 70 in 2004.

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