Beste History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Beste is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a strong or resourceful man. The surname Beste is derived from the Old English Old French word beste, and ultimately comes from the Latin word bestia, which means beast. The surname Beste may also be a metonym referring to some one who was employed as a herdsman.

Early Origins of the Beste family

The surname Beste was first found in Kent, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Beste family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beste research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1495, 1584, 1576, 1577, 1578, 1583, 1584, 1572, 1596, 1609, 1590, 1657, 1590, 1598, 1570, 1638, 1602 and are included under the topic Early Beste History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beste Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Beste have been found, including Best, Beste and others.

Early Notables of the Beste family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: George Best (d. 1584?), English navigator who accompanied Martin Frobisher in the three voyages undertaken (in 1576, 1577, and 1578) to discover the North-west Passage. There is some confusion as to the date of his death as "a George Best, servant to Sir Christopher Hatton, was killed in a duel, about March 1583-1584, by Oliver St. John, afterwards Viscount Grandison. This person is doubtless to be identified with the writer of the 'Trve Discovrse.' Another George Best, fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, was instituted to the vicarage of All Saints, Cambridge, in 1572...
Another 159 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beste Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Beste family to Ireland

Some of the Beste family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 94 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Beste family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Beste surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: Christopher Best who settled in Virginia in 1623; John Best who settled in New England in 1634; Thomas Best settled in Virginia in 1635; William Best settled in Virginia in 1643.


Contemporary Notables of the name Beste (post 1700) +

  • Henry Digby Beste (1768-1836), English writer and aristocratic convert to Catholicism
  • Esther Beste, Actress
  • Conrad Beste, German screenwriter


The Beste Motto +

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.


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