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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Lister

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  • A submission from Washington, United States says the name Lister means "Dyer. It is a simple occupational surname, common especially in those parts of the UK associated with the wool trade, e.g, Yorkshire." and is of English origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun List"er
One who makes a list or roll.
noun Lis"ter
Same as Leister.
noun List"er
A double-moldboard plow which throws a deep furrow, and at the same time plants and covers grain in the bottom of the furrow.

Etymology: Cf. List a strip, border, prob. applied to the furrow or the ridge of earth along the furrow

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Moldboard plow with a double moldboard designed to move dirt to either side of a central furrow
  2. Assessor who makes out the tax lists
  3. English surgeon who was the first to use antiseptics (1827-1912)

list +‎ -er

  1. One who, or that which, lists or produces a listing.
  2. A person or organisation that creates or maintains lists.
  3. (birdwatching) A birdwatcher who keeps track of birds using different checklists.

Compare list (“a strip, border”), probably applied to the furrow or the ridge of earth along the furrow.

  1. A double-mouldboard plough that throws a deep furrow and at the same time plants and covers grain in the bottom of the furrow.

    lister was also found in the following language(s): Danish, French, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, and Swedish

    Notable Persons Named Lister

    Lister was born in 1752. He died in 1836.


    Lister Laurance was a film editor, director, and film editing. He was most active from 1932 to 1950. Lister was born on February 13th, 1912 in United Kingdom. Lister is also known as Lister Montague Laurance. He died in 1977.


    Lister was born on December 23rd, 1951.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Lister

    The Lord Lister was a President of the Royal Society and List of presidents of the Royal Society. The was born on April 5th, 1827 in West Ham, England. They breathed their last breath on February 10th, 1912.


    Tom Lister Jr. is an actor and professional wrestler. His most notable accomplishments were from 1984 to 1984. Tom was given the name Thomas Lister Jr. on June 24th, 1958 in Compton, California.


    Dean Lister is a martial artist. Dean was born on February 13th, 1976 in San Diego.


    Perri Lister is an actor, dance, singing, choreography, screenwriter, actress, dancer, singer, and choreographer. Perri was given the name Perry Lister on April 10th, 1959 in London.


    David Lister is a fictional character. David is also known as Lister of Smeg.


    Anne Lister was a landowner. Anne was born on April 3rd, 1791 in Halifax, United Kingdom. She passed away on September 22nd, 1840.


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    Popularity of Lister as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Lister U.S.
      White 78.66% 64.26%
      African American 14.74% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.36% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 1.34% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.58% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 3.32% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Lister

    People with the last name Lister are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Lister

    • How Popular is the name Lister? Lister is the 33,085th most popular name of all time. As a last name Lister was the 4,250th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Lister have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 128 babies born with the first name Lister in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lister to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lister? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1914 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
    • When was Lister first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lister is Saturday, December 12th, 1874.
    • What year had the most people named Lister born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lister was in 1928 with a total of 13 babies.
    • Random Lister Factoid: According to the 1928 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lister is not a popular baby boy's name in Alabama. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Alabama have the same name as you in 1928.
    • Weird things about the name Lister: Your name in reverse order is Retsil. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ilrset. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Lister? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 8,350 people with the last name Lister.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lister? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Lister as their last name.

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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