West Family History and Background

Surnames Derivation: An English/German word which refers to direction or the geography of something. It is also usually on the left side and is on the left side of a compass point.

A topographical surname usually a given to someone 'from the west' (someone that have re-located into a new area from further west) or someone who lives to the left west side of something, eg; a river or village.

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Surname Distribution

Census frequency by county

Name Concentrations Within England and Wales

West Surname Statistics


Top Professions for the West family

Profession Census Frequency
Agricultural Labourer 1,005
Female Servant 656
Independent 375
Labourer 299
Male Servant 249
Farmer 186
Shoe Maker 130
Ag Labourer 98
Carpenter 87
Dress Maker 76
Gardener 68
Coal Miner 59
Blacksmith 58
Weaver 53
Tailor 53
Lace Maker 50
Butcher 46
Servant 43
Apprentice 43
Laundress 41
Frame Work Knitter 41
Baker 36
Pupil 35
Clerk 34
Ag Lab 34

West Surname Variants Ranking

Rank Surname Match Census Frequency
1 West 100% 208,129
2 Wastie 50% 862
3 Waste 60% 513
4 Wast 75% 265
5 Owst 50% 250
6 Wist 75% 185

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The surname West is the most popular version of all its varients

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