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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

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Name Distribution of Best Families

  • Number of Best families
     247 - 492
     83 - 246
     1 - 82
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Best families
     615 - 1,228
     206 - 614
     1 - 205
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Best families
     62 - 122
     21 - 61
     1 - 20
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Best Family Origin

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Best Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Best

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Best Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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