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List Name Meaning

German and Dutch: nickname for someone who was wise and knowledgeable, from Middle High German list, Dutch list ‘wisdom’, ‘ingenuity’. Dutch: habitational name from Ter List, the name being derived from the plant lis ‘iris’, ‘flag’. Americanized spelling of Hungarian Liszt, a metonymic occupational name for a miller, from liszt ‘flour’.

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

Similar surnames: Last, Lis, Lust, Lint, Leist, Geist, Licht, Best, Obst, Lier

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List Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the List name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • European Jewish


  • Norway


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List Family Origin

Where is the List family from?

List Family Occupations

What did your List ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Boot Maker and Farm Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by List. A less common occupation for the List family was Ag Laborer. The most common List occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 7% of List's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Boot Maker

  • Farm Labourer

  • Ag Laborer


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

List Historical Records

What List family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name List. Like a window into their day-to-day life, List 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name List. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 37,000 military records available for the last name List. For the veterans among your List ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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List Life Expectancy

What is the average List lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, List life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for List in 1950 was 49, and 81 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your List 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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