Best Family Crest



Best Family CrestThe English, northern Irish, and French surname Best is derived from the  Middle English, Old French term  
beste meaning “animal, or beast” (Latin bestia), applied  as a metonymic occupational name for someone who looked after beasts—a herdsman. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Best, which was dated 1201, a witness at the Somerset Assize Court, Taunton. Captain Thomas Best (1570-1638)  broke the power of Portugal in the East in 1612. He was later Master of Trinity House, whilst W.D. Best (1767-1845) was the Lord Chief Justice and the first Baron Wynford. As a point of social history, Thomas Best was 'convicted' as a Monmouth rebel by 'Bloody Judge Jefferies' in 1685, and sentenced to ten years hard labour in Barbadoes. A notable bearer of the name was the soccer legend George Best from northern Ireland. 

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