Last Family History
Last Name Meaning
English (East Anglia): metonymic occupational name for a cobbler, or perhaps a metonymic occupational name for a maker of cobblers’ lasts (see Laster). German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for a porter, from Middle High German last; German Last or Yiddish last ‘burden’, ‘load’. Dutch: metonymic occupational name as in 2, from Middle Dutch last ‘load’, ‘burden’; or a nickname for an awkward character, from Dutch last ‘trouble’, ‘nuisance’. French: habitational name from a place so named in Puy-de-Dôme.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press