Best (surname)

Best (surname)

Best is a surname, and may refer to

* Ahmed Best
* Alan Best
* Alan Best (sculptor)
* Alfred M. Best
* Andy Best - British footballer
* Ben Best
* Calum Best
* Carlisle Best
* Charles Herbert Best (1899-1978) American/Canadian Physiologist
* Clyde Best
* David Best - American sculptor
* David Best (footballer)
* David Best (Manitoba politician)
* Elsdon Best
* Eve Best - stage actress
* George Best (1946 – 2005) Northern Irish football player
* Harold Best
* James Best - American actor
* Jacob Best - family patriarch and founder of the Pabst Brewing Company
* John William Best (1912-2000), Royal Air Force pilot who was a POW in Colditz Castle during World War II
* John Best (politician) - British politician
* John Best (soccer) - US/English soccer defender
* John Best (guard captain) - Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
* John Best (trainer) - a race horse trainer
* John Best (bishop) - Bishop of Carlisle 1560-70
* John Best (basketball) - New Jersey Nets player
* John Best (Canadian politician) - Canadian politician
* John Best (rugby) - New Zealand All Blacks player
* Keith Best
* Leon Best
* Marion Best - Canadian church leader
* Marjorie Best
* Neil Best - Irish rugby union international
* Pete Best - original drummer for The Beatles.
* Richard Stuart Best - member of House of Lords
* Robbie Best - Irish soccer player
* Robert Henry Best - convicted of treason in 1948
* Rory Best - Irish rugby union international
* Sigismund Payne Best
* Simon Best - Irish rugby union international
* Skeeter Best - American jazz guitarist
* Stephanie Best - American track and field athlete
* Steven Best
* Tino Best
* Travis Best
* Werner Best
* William Draper Best - 1st Baron Wynford

;Origins:English, French, Dutch

;History:Derived from the Old English/Old French word "beste", or the Latin "bestia", meaning beast. The surname Best may be a metonym referring to one employed as a herdsman. First found in Kent, they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest of 1066. Some of the first settlers to the Americaswere Christopher Best, who settled in Virginia in 1623, John Best, who settled in New England in 1634, Thomas Best, who settled in Virginia in 1635, and William Best, who settled in Virginia in 1643.

ee also

* Beste
* Bester
* Bestor

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