Lister History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The origins of the Lister surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name Lister began when someone in that family worked as a "litster" or dyer, a trade-name for a person who dyed clothes and other fabrics. This surname is derived from the Old English words lite and litte, which both mean to dye.

Early Origins of the Lister family

The surname Lister was first found in Yorkshire where today it is one of the most populous surname in that shire. Early records show "Lystare, clothe dyynge (or lytaster of clothe dyynge." "The pedigree is traced to the sixth of Edward II., when John de Lister was resident of Derby. The elder line was of Mydhope, or Middop." [1] He later transferred himself to Yorkshire on his marriage with the daughter and heiress of John de Bolton [2]

Gisburn in the West Riding of Yorkshire "was for many generations the seat of the family of Lister, whose descendant, Lord Ribblesdale, is lord of the manor. Gisburn Park is a noble mansion, containing a valuable collection of paintings; the park is extensive, and approached by a handsome lodge. The Lister family are interred in a vault in the church." [3]

"Manningham Hall, [in Manningham, in the West Riding of Yorkshire] the seat of E. C. Lister Kaye, Esq., is a handsome mansion, erected on the site of the ancient house of the Lister family, taken down in 1770, and is surrounded by a park." [3]

Important Dates for the Lister family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lister research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1296, 1555, 1534, 1638, 1712, 1791, 1840, 1597, 1668, 1639, 1712, 1658, 1718, 1705, 1707, 1707 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Lister History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lister Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Lister has appeared include Lister, Litster, Lidster and others.

Early Notables of the Lister family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Michael Lister, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1534; Sir Martin Lister (c. 1638-1712), English naturalist and physician, eponym of the Dorsa Lister ridge on the Moon; Anne Lister (1791-1840) was a well-off Yorkshire landowner, diarist and traveler; Thomas Lister (1597-1668), English Colonel in the Parliamentary army during the...
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Lister migration to the United States

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Lister arrived in North America very early:

Lister Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Lister, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 [4]
  • Thomas Lister, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Rich Lister, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [4]
  • Edmond Lister, who arrived in Maryland or Virginia in 1670 [4]
  • Thomas Lister, who landed in Maryland in 1672 [4]
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Lister Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Lister, who arrived in Virginia in 1717 [4]
  • William Lister, who landed in Virginia in 1743 [4]
Lister Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Lister, aged 25, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [4]
  • Elizabeth Lister, who arrived in New York State in 1811
  • Eliza Lister, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [4]
  • Samuel Lister, who landed in New York, NY in 1829 [4]
  • John Lister, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [4]
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Lister migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lister Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Lieut. Benjamin Lister U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in DeLancey's 2nd Battalion [5]
  • Capt. Thomas Lister U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in DeLancey's 3rd Battalion [5]

Lister migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lister Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Kirkaldy Lister, aged 25, a blacksmith, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"

Lister migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Lister Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Lister, aged 31, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Mary Ann Lister, aged 27, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Thomas Lister, aged 1, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • William Lister, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • Eliza Lister, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
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Contemporary Notables of the name Lister (post 1700)

  • Thomas Mosie Lister (1921-2015), American singer and Baptist minister
  • Tommy "Tiny" Lister (b. 1958), American character actor and former wrestler
  • Ernest Lister (1870-1919), English-born, American politician, Governor of Washington (1913-1919)
  • Laurier Lister (1907-1986), American theatre producer, director, and performer
  • Ernest Lister (1870-1919), American Democrat politician, Real estate and insurance business; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Washington 2nd District, 1909; Governor of Washington, 1913-19 [6]
  • Edwin Lister, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Essex County, 1886 [6]
  • Edna Lister, American politician, Candidate for Secretary of State of Washington, 1948 [6]
  • Edgar Lister, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Montana, 1972 [6]
  • B. M. Lister, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 50th District, 1919-20 [6]
  • Arthur J. Lister, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 98th District, 1970 [6]
  • ... (Another 28 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Lister family

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Robert S Lister, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [7]
  • Mr. Adam Lister, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [7]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Lister, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, was wounded and evacuated [8]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Harvey Greville Lister (d. 1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [9]

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Citations

  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  8. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  9. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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