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Lister Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a dyer of cloth Middle English li(te)ster a derivative of Middle English lit(t)en (Old Norse lita) ‘to dye’. This term was used principally in East Anglia and northern and eastern England (areas of Scandinavian settlement) and to this day the surname is found principally in these regions especially in Yorkshire.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Laster, Lidster, Litster, Leister, Lester, Easter, Limer, Hoster

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Where is the Lister family from?

You can see how Lister families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lister family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lister families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 12 Lister families living in Indiana. This was about 16% of all the recorded Lister's in USA. Indiana and 1 other state had the highest population of Lister families in 1840.
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What did your Lister ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Lister. 18% of Lister men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Lister women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lister were Farm Laborer and Housewife. .

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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
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 216,000 census records available for the last name Lister. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Lister 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 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Lister. 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 16,000 military records available for the last name Lister. For the veterans among your Lister ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lister lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Lister life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Lister in 1941 was 52, and 75 in 2004.

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