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Where did the English Best family come from? What is the English Best family crest and coat of arms? When did the Best family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Best family history?Best is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a strong or resourceful man. The surname Best is derived from the Old English Old French word beste, and ultimately comes from the Latin word bestia, which means beast. The surname Best may also be a metonym referring to some one who was employed as a herdsman.
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Best were recorded, including Best, Beste and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Best research. Another 319 words(23 lines of text) covering the year 1495 is included under the topic Early Best History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Best Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Best family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 175 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Best family emigrate to North America:
Best Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Best Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Best Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Libertas in legibus
Motto Translation: Liberty in the law.
The Best Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Best Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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