The English surname West, also found in Scotland and Ireland, is of topographic origin. The name is derived from the Middle English term west meaning “west,” identifying someone who lived to the west of a settlement, or a regional name for someone who had migrated from further west. Early recordings of the name include: Goche West, who appears in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in 1197, and William del West, who is recorded in the Select Pleas of Essex in 1292. One of the earliest settlers in the English colonies in the New World was John West. He embarked from the port of London in May 1635, aboard the ship "Speedwell" bound for Virginia.
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