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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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Best Family Origin

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Best Family Occupations

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In 1881, 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. A less common occupation for the Best family was Carpenter.

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  • Labourer

    3%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    3%
  • Farmer

    3%
  • Carpenter

    2%

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Best. 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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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Best. For the veterans among your Best ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Best Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

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