Last name origins & meanings:
- English: occupational name for a dyer, Middle English
litster, an agent derivative (originally feminine; compare
Baxter) of lit(t)e(n) ‘to dye’ (Old Norse lita).
This term was used principally in East Anglia and northern and eastern
England (areas of Scandinavian settlement), and to this day the
surname is found principally in these regions, especially in
- Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an
Fhleisdeir ‘son of the arrow maker’.
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