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Where did the English Lister family come from? What is the English Lister family crest and coat of arms? When did the Lister family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Lister family history?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.
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.
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."  He later transferred himself to Yorkshire on his marriage with the daughter and heiress of John de Bolton 
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, 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.
Another 191 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lister Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
Lister Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Lister Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Lister Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Lister Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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.
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.
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