Best Name Meaning

English, northern Irish, and French: from Middle English, Old French beste ‘animal’, ‘beast’ (Latin bestia), applied either as a metonymic occupational name for someone who looked after beasts—a herdsman— or as a derogatory nickname for someone thought to resemble an animal, i.e. a violent, uncouth, or stupid man. It is unlikely that the name is derived from best, Old English betst, superlative of good. By far the most frequent spelling of the French surname is Beste, but it is likely that in North America this form has largely been assimilated to Best. German: from a short form of Sebastian.

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


Similar surnames: Bast, Belt, Beck, Beste, Bean, Bess, West, Test, Bost, Bolt

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  • Labourer

    3%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    3%
  • Farmer

    3%
  • Carpenter

    2%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Best family was Carpenter. The most common Best occupation in the UK was Labourer. 3% of Best's were Labourers. Labourer, Agricultural Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Best.

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Between 1942 and 2004, Best life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Best in 1942 was 36, and 74 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Best

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