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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 regional name for someone who had migrated from further west.

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

8,601,801 Historical Documents with West on Ancestry.com
1,908,505 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
357,653 Military Records
104,159 Immigration Records
1,382,790 Census and Voter Lists
4,848,694 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of West Families

  • Number of West families
     805 - 1,607
     269 - 804
     1 - 268
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of West families
     2,847 - 5,692
     950 - 2,846
     1 - 949
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of West families
     122 - 241
     41 - 121
     1 - 40
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

West census records

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West Family Origin

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West Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for West

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West Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

West census records

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West Civil War Service Records

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