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The last surname comes from the Middle English word "last," which was the name of a wooden mould in the shape of a foot used by a cobbler in the making or repairing of shoes. In Old English, the name was "laeste" which literally meant "footprint." The name was most likely an occupational name for a person who made cobbler's lasts. Also there is some evidence that the name could have been Norman in origin as records show Philip Augustus granted lands in Normandy to Robert de Los. It is thought that this same family landed in England where there are records of Walter and William Luz in 1198.

last Early Origins



The surname last was first found in Suffolk. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in 1275 with Thomas le Lastur who was listed in the Assize Rolls. Over a century later, in 1385, Richard Last was listed in the Fleet of Fines as holding estates in the same county.

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last Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. last has been recorded under many different variations, including Laster, Lastur, Lastor, Last and others.

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last Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our last research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1395, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early last History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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last Early Notables (pre 1700)


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last Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name last or a variant listed above:

last Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johann Georg Last, who landed in New York in 1709

last Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Last, who was on record in Wisconsin in 1838
  • Caroline Last, who arrived in New York, NY in 1843
  • Johann Erdmann Last, aged 52, arrived in America in 1843

last Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Moses Last arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Robert Burns" in 1834

last Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Last arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849
  • Joseph Last, aged 20, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1851
  • Mark Last, aged 27, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1851
  • Joseph Last, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Lysander"
  • Mark Last, aged 27, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Lysander"

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Contemporary Notables of the name last (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name last (post 1700)



  • Jay T. Last (b. 1929), American silicon pioneer and a member of the so-called "Traitorous Eight" that founded Silicon Valley
  • Thomas J. Last, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 2000
  • Mrs. Stewart D. Last, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1960
  • Jean Last, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 7th District, 1988
  • Clifford Frank Last (1918-1991), English sculptor, son of Nella Last
  • Nella Last (1889-1968), English housewife and author who wrote a diary for the Mass Observation Archive from 1939 until 1965 which was eventually published as "Nella Last's War: A Mother's Diary, 1939-45"
  • William Isaac Last (1857-1911), English engineer and Director of the Science Museum, London
  • John Murray Last (b. 1926), Australian-born, Canadian Emeritus Professor at the University of Ottawa
  • James Last (1929-2015), born Hans Last, German big band leader with a large fan base in Europe, although he has never had a comparable following in the United States
  • Robert Last (1923-1986), German drummer, the first drummer for the James Last Band

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    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    11. ...

    The last Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The last 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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