Ast Family History
Ast Name Meaning
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German ast ‘knot (in wood)’, ‘branch’, hence a nickname for a tough or awkward individual or a metonymic occupational name for a lumberjack. North German: occupational name, from Middle Low German arste ‘physician’, a variant of Arzt. Southern French: from Occitan ast ‘pike or lance’, probably an occupational name for a maker of these weapons.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press