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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 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Best. 42% of Best men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Best women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Best were Carpenter and Student

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    42%
  • Labourer
    11%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Carpenter
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    20%
  • Teacher
    14%
  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Student
    9%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 37,000 immigration records available for the last name Best. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 72,000 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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