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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.

Lister Early Origins



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
He later transferred himself to Yorkshire on his marriage with the daughter and heiress of John de Bolton [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

"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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Lister Spelling Variations


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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.

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Lister Early History


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Lister Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lister research. Another 243 words (17 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.

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Lister Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lister Early Notables (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...

Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lister Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lister In Ireland


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Lister In Ireland



Some of the Lister family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • Thomas Lister, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Rich Lister, who landed in Virginia in 1664
  • Edmond Lister, who arrived in Maryland or Virginia in 1670
  • Thomas Lister, who landed in Maryland in 1672
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lister Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Lister, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • William Lister, who landed in Virginia in 1743

Lister Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Lister, aged 25, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Elizabeth Lister arrived in New York State in 1811
  • Eliza Lister, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Samuel Lister, who landed in New York, NY in 1829
  • John Lister, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Capt. Thomas Lister U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in DeLancey's 3rd Battalion [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Lister Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Kirkaldy Lister, aged 25, a blacksmith, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"

Lister Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Lister, aged 31, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Mary Ann Lister, aged 27, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • Thomas Lister, aged 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Indus" in 1843
  • William Lister arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • Eliza Lister arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lister (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lister (post 1700)



  • 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
  • Thomas Mosie Lister (1921-2015), American singer and Baptist minister
  • Tommy "Tiny" Lister (b. 1958), American character actor and former wrestler
  • Edwin Lister, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Essex County, 1886
  • Edna Lister, American politician, Candidate for Secretary of State of Washington, 1948
  • Edgar Lister, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Montana, 1972
  • B. M. Lister, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 50th District, 1919-20
  • Arthur J. Lister, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 98th District, 1970
  • Amos H. Lister (b. 1881), American Republican politician, First selectman of Plymouth, Connecticut, 1919-20; Member of Connecticut State Senate 32nd District, 1945-46
  • Mrs. Ernest Lister, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1920
  • ... (Another 24 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Lister Historic Events


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Lister Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Robert S Lister, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Adam Lister, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Lister, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, was wounded and evacuated

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Retinens vestigia famae
Motto Translation: Still treading the footsteps of an honourable ancestry.


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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. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  11. ...

The Lister Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lister Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 2 November 2016 at 11:12.

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