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Origins of the Best surname

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About the Bests

We have a total number of 96478 records for people with the last name Best.

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Alternative variations of the name Best

Best, Beast, Beste, Beaste, Berst

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Where do most Bests live?

In 1921, most Bests lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Bests

How common is your surname?

502nd most common surname in the UK

We have 79,500 records for the Best surname. The oldest one dates back to 1297.

Who were Bests most likely to marry?

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What are the most common Best first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Bests

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Bests in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Living On Own Means


Common Male occupations for Bests in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer






Farm Labourer


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