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List Name Meaning

German and Dutch: nickname for someone who was wise and knowledgeable, from Middle High German list, Dutch list ‘wisdom’, ‘ingenuity’. Dutch: habitational name from Ter List, the name being derived from the plant lis ‘iris’, ‘flag’. Americanized spelling of Hungarian Liszt, a metonymic occupational name for a miller, from liszt ‘flour’.

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

Similar surnames: Last, Lis, Lust, Lint, Leist, Geist, Licht, Best, Obst, Lier

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Where is the List family from?

You can see how List families moved over time by selecting different census years. The List family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most List families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 13 List families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 31% of all the recorded List's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of List families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the List surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your List ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named List. 14% of List men worked as a Farmer and 10% of List women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named List were Machinist and Bookkeeper.

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Machinist

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Bookkeeper
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Census Records

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name List. Like a window into their day-to-day life, List census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name List. 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 37,000 military records available for the last name List. For the veterans among your List ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average List lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, List life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for List in 1950 was 49, and 81 in 2004.

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