Lister Family History

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Lister Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a dyer, Middle English litster, an agent derivative (originally feminine; compare Baxter) of lit(t)e(n) ‘to dye’ (Old Norse lita). 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. Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Fhleisdeir ‘son of the arrow maker’.

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

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

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Lister Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Lister name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Lister. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Lister Family Origin

Where is the Lister family from?

Lister Family Occupations

What did your Lister ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Lister occupation in Canada was Farmer. 37% of Lister's were Farmers. Farmer, Carpenter and Gentleman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lister. A less common occupation for the Lister family was Labourer.

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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Gentleman

  • Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Lister ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Lister Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

There are 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Lister. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Lister Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Lister ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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