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

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West Family Origin

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West Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    39%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Farming

    4%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the West family was Farming. The most common West occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of West's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by West.

Source: Census data for West | Data not to scale

West Historical Records

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West Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1940 and 2004, West life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for West in 1940 was 46, and 74 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for West

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