Best History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Best family

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

Important Dates for the Best family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Best 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 Best History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Best Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Best 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...
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Migration of the Best family to Ireland

Some of the Best family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Best migration to the United States

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 United States in the 17th Century
  • Christopher Best who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Christopher Best, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1624 [1]
  • John Best who settled in New England in 1634
  • John Best, who landed in New England in 1634 [1]
  • Thomas Best, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Best Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Hirg Best, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Wilhelm Best, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • Boston Best, who landed in North Carolina in 1748 [1]
  • Johan Adam Best, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751 [1]
  • Joh Georg Best, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Best Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Tho Best, aged 22, who landed in Wiskasset (Wiscasset) in 1803 [1]
  • James Best, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • George Best, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Seragh Best, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Ruth Best, who landed in New York, NY in 1812 [1]
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Best migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Best Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Best, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. Adam Best U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [2]
  • Mr. Conrade Best U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 he died in 1785 [2]
  • Mr. Hermanus Best U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [2]
  • Mr. Jacob Best, "Jacobus" Jr., U.E. who settled in Carleton Island, Saint Lawrence River, Ontario [New York] c. 1783 he served as part of the King's Royal Regiment of New York 2nd Battalion died in 1783 in Carleton Island [Cape Vincent], New York [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Best Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Best, who landed in Prince Edward Island in 1817
  • Emmanuel Best, who landed in Canada in 1828

Best migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Best Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Philip Best, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • William Best, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [4]
  • Nancy Best, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838 [4]
  • Sarah Ann Best, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840 [5]
  • Elizabeth Best, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Best migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Best Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Best, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836 aboard the ship Patriot
  • William Best, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Charles Best, aged 23, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Ann Best, aged 22, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Daniel Best, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Best (post 1700)

  • James Best (1926-2015), born Jules Guy, an American actor, best known for his starring role as bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the CBS television series The Dukes of Hazzard
  • Jacob Best Sr. (1786-1861), American brewer who founded what would later become known as the Pabst Brewing Company
  • David Best (b. 1945), American sculptor
  • Steven Best (b. 1955), American animal rights activist, author, talk-show host, and associate professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at El Paso
  • Rex Best, American award-winning soap opera writer
  • Pete Best (b. 1941), English drummer, the original drummer for the Beatles
  • Harold Best (b. 1937), English politician, member of the UK Parliament
  • Robert Samuel Best (1917-2002), 8th Baron Wynford, English nobleman
  • Ms. June Isobel Best M.B.E.,, British recipient of Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to People with Disabilities in Northern Ireland [7]
  • George Best (1946-2005), Northern Irish footballer, generally regarded as the greatest football talent ever produced by Northern Ireland
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Best family

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Alfred Best (d. 1912), aged 38, English First Class Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [8]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ADMIRAL 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838RoyalAdmiral.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Baboo.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Rajasthan.htm
  7. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  8. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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