West Family History
West Name Meaning
English and German: from Middle English Middle High German west ‘west’ hence a topographic name for someone who lived to the west of a settlement or a habitational name for someone who had migrated from further west. Americanized form of Finnish Vesterinen: from the personal name Vesteri (a short form of Sylvester ) + the surname suffix -nen. Vesterinen is an old eastern surname recorded since the 16th century in the Karelian Isthmus and Savonia.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022